Mister Max: The Book of Secrets: Mister Max 2

Mister Max: The Book of Secrets: Mister Max 2

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by Cynthia Voigt, Iacopo Bruno
     
 

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From Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt, Book II in the exciting adventures of Mister Max—12-year-old detective in disguise.
 
In Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things, Max Starling proved that he is more than a detective, he’s a Solutioneer. His reputation for problem-solving has been spreading—and now even the mayor wants his…  See more details below

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From Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt, Book II in the exciting adventures of Mister Max—12-year-old detective in disguise.
 
In Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things, Max Starling proved that he is more than a detective, he’s a Solutioneer. His reputation for problem-solving has been spreading—and now even the mayor wants his help.
 
Someone is breaking windows and setting fires in the old city, but the shopkeepers won’t say a word about the culprits. Why are they keeping these thugs’ secrets?
When the mayor begs for help, Max agrees to take the case, putting himself in grave danger. It’s a race to catch up with the vandals before they catch him.
 
Meanwhile, Max is protecting secrets of his own. His parents are still missing, and the cryptic messages he gets from them make it clear—it’s going to be up to Max to rescue them.
 
 
“Immensely appealing.” —The New York Times Book Review

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


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Editorial Reviews

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Kirkus review, August 15, 2014:

"The well-constructed, intertwining threads of Max's growing maturity, the emerging competence of his diversely spirited friends and his recognition of their dynamic interdependence all come satisfyingly together to set up the ultimate case."

School Library Journal
review, October, 2014:

"Readers will eagerly await the revelations of the third installment and hope they won’t have long to wait."

Booklist review, September, 2014:

"Voigt creates an impressive cast of idiosyncratic characters and places Max at the center of a lively narrative featuring plenty of action as well as reflection."

School Library Journal
09/01/2014
Gr 5–8—The plot thickens and the problems proliferate in Voigt's trilogy about a 12-year-old who is determined to be the master of his own fate, despite the mysterious disappearance of his parents. As in the first book, Max doesn't confine himself to discovering what has befallen his mother and father, but at the behest of the mayor, he looks into acts of vandalism and arson which have been plaguing certain neighborhoods of his city. Several of the characters met in the previous volume insist on inserting themselves into Max's "solutioneering" business, and despite his initial reluctance to accept their help, they prove themselves to be valuable allies. Max makes good use of the costumes in his parents' theater and his own acting skills get a good workout as he investigates incognito. There are moments of peril and anxiety leavened with broad humor. The hero can solve the problems close to hand, but we sense that every friend he's made will be needed to bring his parents (whose situation seems increasingly dire) safely home. Voigt's faux-melodramatic plot points ensure that none of these adventures will be taken too seriously, but readers will eagerly await the revelations of the third installment and hope they won't have long to wait for its publication.—Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-29
Max is back in the second part of Voight's fine, neatly meandering mystery set early in the last century. Feisty Max is a "Solutioneer," donning costumes from his parents' now-dark theater to take on sundry roles in order to investigate mysteries. These have ramped up from merely finding and restoring things in The Book of Lost Things (2013) to now investigating numerous incidences of vandalism and arson at the behest of the mayor. The implausible conceit, that this 12-year-old can believably pass himself off as all manner of working men, works, thanks to Voigt's confident storytelling, enhanced by Bruno's quirky, detailed illustrations. Max is a determined loner, convinced of his ability to straighten out challenging issues with only minor help from his friends and grandmother. But young criminals entrap him, and it's only with lots of assistance that he wraps up the case. Meanwhile, he's haunted by messages he's received from his missing parents. He realizes they include a desperate, encoded plea for help—but also a warning of grave danger. The well-constructed, intertwining threads of Max's growing maturity, the emerging competence of his diversely spirited friends and his recognition of their dynamic interdependence all come satisfyingly together to set up the ultimate case for the last of the trilogy: the rescue of his parents from a tiny, remote South American country. Let the games continue…. (Mystery. 10-15)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307976864
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/23/2014
Series:
Mister Max , #2
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,133,935
Lexile:
930L (what's this?)
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; 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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The Book of Secrets (Mister Max Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DownrightDystopian More than 1 year ago
**Thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this to review!** After reading The Book of Lost Things, I immediately started reading The Book of Secrets. I was so happy to be thrown back into the wonderful world of Mister Max and his wonderful adventures. In book two, Max is still on the hunt to find out where his parents are. He's still just as independent, though now he has his own assistant who's also his friend. Max is asked by the mayor for help, which is a really big deal. On top of that, Max's grandmother may be losing her job as a librarian. What's Max to do? More often than not, second books in a trilogy tend to suffer from second book syndrome. That was not the case with The Book of Secrets. I found it to be just as interesting and intriguing as book one, if not more. There were also some very funny parts, such as when Max was recognized by one of his schoolmates and he had to act like he didn't know who the schoolmate was at all. He had to act his way out of it, so the skills his parents taught him were going to good use, which I liked. I really liked Pia in this book as well. She was just so sweet and I loved her relationship with Max. She's a pretty great friend. I honestly think that this second book could be read alone, if a young child were to accidentally pick up the second book instead of the first, which could be a good thing as I used to do that a lot as a young child! However, reading book one first would definitely help with the understanding of this sequel. I'm sure book three will be even better!