The Book of Lost Things (Mister Max Series #1) by Cynthia Voigt, Iacopo Bruno |, NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble
Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things: Mister Max 1

Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things: Mister Max 1

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by Cynthia Voigt, Iacopo Bruno
     
 

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Max's parents are missing. They are actors, and thus unpredictable, but sailing away, leaving Max with only a cryptic note, is unusual even for them. Did theyintend to leave him behind? Have they been kidnapped? 

Until he can figure it out, Max feels it's safer to keep a low profile. Hiding out is no problem for a child of the theater. Max has

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Max's parents are missing. They are actors, and thus unpredictable, but sailing away, leaving Max with only a cryptic note, is unusual even for them. Did theyintend to leave him behind? Have they been kidnapped? 

Until he can figure it out, Max feels it's safer to keep a low profile. Hiding out is no problem for a child of the theater. Max has played many roles, he can be whoever he needs to be to blend in. But finding a job is tricky, no matter what costume he dons.

Ironically, it turns out Max has a talent for finding things. He finds a runaway child, a stray dog, a missing heirloom, a lost love. . . . So is he a finder? A detective? No, it's more. Max finds a way to solve people's problems—he engineers better outcomes for them. He becomes Mister Max, Solutioneer.  
Now if only he could find a solution to his own problems . . .

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Twelve-year-old Maximilian Starling is not an orphan, but he might as well be one, for all the help you know he's going to get from his crazy actor parents! By packing off those two eccentrics on a voyage to who knows where, Voigt sets Max up in the tried and true tradition of young protagonists on their own in an adult world gone askew. Missing the boat (the elusive "Flower of Kashmir") soon turns into an extended metaphor for Max's life. In order to survive, even with his librarian Grammie's help, he needs a job, and thus is born Mister Max—entrepreneur in search of an identity. Max finds he's soon over his head in missing things—a baby, a dog, and a spoon just for starters. By the time he's acquired the obligatory sidekick, an enterprising girl named Pia, Max is beginning to wrestle with matters of the law, morality, right and wrong, ownership, and more. Soon the story settles into a charming mash-up of life, minor crime, and personal soul-searching. A few elements—a Mendelian reference to long ear-lobes, and the resolution of the subplot of Max's missing parents—seem to echo the less palatable tropes of Edwardian-era children's fiction. There's much that is engaging and funny. A little Latin, a dash of Euclid and Shakespeare, and an old love affair gone sour all figure in what promises to be the first of a series of jaunty escapades to come. Voigt (A Solitary Blue and Homecoming) is a masterful spinner of tales and she delivers in this lark of a book. Read in a NetGalley edition. Reviewer: Uma Krishnaswami
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Admirers of Voigt's "Tillerman" series (S & S) will recognize several plot points in this first volume of a proposed trilogy: a child is seemingly deserted by his parents and survives with the support of his grandmother. But there the similarities end, for this is a mystery-cum-adventure story with a 19th-century feel and an accumulation of improbabilities that build to a satisfyingly melodramatic climax. As Maximilian Starling wends his way around his nameless city trying to find an honest day's work, he stumbles across a series of people with problems, unanswered questions, unsatisfied longings, or vague states of malaise. And then there are the sinister types who seem intent on breaking into Max's house. What are they looking for? Fortunately, Max's parents were theatricals, which gives him both an intimate knowledge of roles to assume while pretending to be old enough for employment and an ample supply of costumes in which to disguise himself. Whether it's finding a good home for a lost dog, facilitating the reunion of disappointed lovers, or recovering a long-lost heirloom, Max displays good sense, a sensitive nature, and winning ingenuity. He resists being labeled a detective and since he merely guides people toward the resolution of their troubles, it's fitting that he calls himself a "solutioneer." By book's end, however, he has not answered his own questions. Readers still don't know what has happened to his parents, for example. This will likely leave them strangely contented, knowing that Voigt has so much more to reveal in the sequels to this comedic page-turner.—Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Library, NY
From the Publisher
New York Times Book Review, September 15, 2013:
"The charm, the quirkiness, the quiet originality of The Book of Lost Things are immensely appealing to those of us who love the classic possibilities and styles of children's literature."

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, April 10, 2013:
“An endearing, memorable protagonist and a clever plot make this a winner.”

Review, Publishers Weekly, July 8, 2013:
"Voigt's accomplished writing draws readers into every aspect of [Max's] world."

Review, School Library Journal, July 2013:
"Max displays good sense, a sensitive nature, and winning ingenuity... [a] comedic page-turner."

The Christian Science Monitor:
"A perfect read-aloud, the story will appeal to fans of fantasy, adventure, mystery, and humor."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307976833
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/10/2013
Series:
Mister Max Series , #1
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
580,091
File size:
8 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

CYNTHIA VOIGT is the acclaimed author of many books, including Dicey's Song, winner of the Newbery Medal, and A Solitary Blue, winner of a Newbery Honor, and Homecoming. For the body of her work, Cynthia Voigt was honored with the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Outstanding Literature for Young Adults. She lives with her husband in Maine.

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