Max & Maddy and the Bursting Balloons Mystery (Max and Maddy Series)

Max & Maddy and the Bursting Balloons Mystery (Max and Maddy Series)

by Alexander McCall Smith
     
 

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When international detectives, Max and Maddy Twist, tackle the bursting balloons mystery, they're on a tough case. Someone wants to sabotage a hot air balloon race across America, and they'll stop at nothing - bursting balloons, stealing sandbags, breaking baskets, and guzzling gas!

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When international detectives, Max and Maddy Twist, tackle the bursting balloons mystery, they're on a tough case. Someone wants to sabotage a hot air balloon race across America, and they'll stop at nothing - bursting balloons, stealing sandbags, breaking baskets, and guzzling gas!

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Children's Literature - Naomi Milliner
Max and Maddy Twist, sibling detectives of indeterminate age, are back for their second outing. This time around, they are called into action by the famous millionaire/philanthropist Harry Helium. Hoping to raise big bucks for his latest charity, Home for Children Whose Parents Have Disappeared in Balloons, Helium is sponsoring a daring balloon race from New York to Vancouver. The six contestants, all accomplished balloonists from various countries, are vying for a million dollar prize. The Twists are needed because the balloonists are being sabotaged, and the race is only a day away! Deciding the best place to solve the case is in the air, they join Mr. Helium in his balloon. The danger escalates (the starter pistol shoots a real bullet; a model plane attacks a balloon; a spare gas cylinder is punctured), and then the savvy siblings discover—to their horror—that one of the balloonists is not only an impostor; he is Professor Sardine, the evil villain who ruined their parents! This is an enjoyable, tongue-in-cheek series, somewhat reminiscent of Handlers A Series of Unfortunate Events, both in tone and style. For example, the narrator occasionally interjects lines such as "Could you sleep? I don't think I could," and the wicked Professor Sardine is very similar to Count Olaf in his ability to appear—and disappear—with alarming ease. Although most of the illustrations were unavailable, the story is well-paced, the humor droll, and the characters resourceful.
From the Publisher

“Fast-moving, lighthearted mystery.” —Publishers Weekly

“Featherweight yet fun fare for those just mastering chapter books.” —Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590114288
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
06/18/1999
Series:
Max and Maddy Series
Pages:
128
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Alexander McCall Smith has written more than fifty books, including the bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency mysteries, The Sunday Philosophy Club series, and many children's stories. A professor of medical law at Edinburgh University, he was born in what is now Zimbabwe and currently lives in Scotland.

www.alexandermccallsmith.com

Macky Pamintuan is an animator, graphic illustrator, and fine artist. He has illustrated several chapter books, and a picture book. He lives in Dinuba, California.

www.mackyart.com

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Edinburgh, Scotland
Date of Birth:
August 24, 1948
Place of Birth:
Zimbabwe
Website:
http://www.randomhouse.com/features/mccallsmith/index.html

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