Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt

Leah Courtney

Young adult readers may recognize the author of the book I read for review recently- Cynthia Voigt. She is known for quite a few young adult books including the award winning- Dicey's Song. I picked up Mister Max to see if I thought my young adult readers would be interested.

Max is a pretty plain, very ordinary boy at the beginning of the story. He often is overlooked when with his parents- both famed theater actors. But when his parents are invited to  visit royalty in India and develop theater there, Max intends to go along and it seems as if his parents agree with the plan. Unfortunately, on the day of departure, his parents seem to have left without him. This leaves Max wondering where his parents are and eventually leads him into a mystery. There is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end leaving us to wonder just how Max's tale will ultimately end.

I enjoyed the story. I'm usually not interested in this type of book- and unintended mystery. But it was a interesting read. I think it would appeal to my fourteen year old who loves to read and does enjoy a good mystery. It's probably a little heavy for younger readers- even if they have the ability to read it. Max is 12 in the story, and kids younger than that may find some of the situations he finds himself in a little scary.

I can recommend it and intend to pass it on to my young adult readers.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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