Mister Max: The Book Of Lost Things: Mister Max 1 by Cynthia VoigtMister Max: The Book Of Lost Things: Mister Max 1 by Cynthia Voigt

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

byCynthia VoigtIllustratorIacopo Bruno

Paperback | August 5, 2014

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Newbery medalist Cynthia Voigt presents a rollicking mystery in three acts!

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 they intend 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 . . .

From the Hardcover edition.
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.
Title:Mister Max: The Book Of Lost Things: Mister Max 1Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.69 × 5.25 × 1 inPublished:August 5, 2014Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0307976823

ISBN - 13:9780307976826


Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderfully unrealistic This series is full of colorful characters whom I enjoyed. Each book has a handful of charming mini mysteries for 12 year old Max to solve as he tries to support himself and locate his missing parents. Max's ability to disguise himself to be any age and any profession is completely unrealistic, but as a junior novel it makes a for a wonderful story! I also appreciated that while Max is exploring what it means to be independent and self-sufficient, he is not rebellious. He desires to show respect and gratitude to his Grandmother, even if he feels slightly cramped by her at times. :) So often, junior novels are based on the idea of kids escaping the shackles that their parents or schoolmasters or orphanage mistresses have put on them. It was refreshing to read about a boy who wants to find his own way but still sees the value of adult mentorship.
Date published: 2017-01-14

Editorial Reviews

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."From the Hardcover edition.