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 Max in the house of spies
 Author: Gidwitz, Adam

 Publisher:  Dutton Children's Books (2024)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 320 p.,  22 cm

 BTSB No: 377684 ISBN: 9780593112083
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Spies -- Fiction
 Jews -- Fiction
 Spirits -- Fiction
 World War, 1939-1945 -- Fiction
 England -- Fiction
 Germany -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Sent away to London, Max Bretzfeld discovers he's been joined by two unexpected traveling companions--a dybbuk named Stein and a kobold named Berg--one on each shoulder. Max knows Berlin is becoming more and more dangerous for Jewish families, but he is determined to find a way back home, and back to his parents. He just didn't expect to return as a British spy.

   Kirkus Reviews (12/01/23)
   School Library Journal (+) (00/03/24)
   Booklist (+) (12/01/23)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/03/24)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 03/01/2024 Gr 3–7—Gidwitz's latest is absolutely everything a reader could want in a World War II spy novel. Max is sent away from Berlin by his Jewish parents at the brink of WWII. Alone and scared, Max finds himself accompanied by two immortal and incorporeal creatures, a dybbuk and a kobold. Named Stein and Berg, these two offer comedic insights and observations in classic Gidwitz style, with sarcasm and wit in equal measure. Max must engage his full mental capacities to survive anti-Semitic bullies. He then must work his way into training to become the youngest spy for Britain, all in hopes of getting sent back to Berlin to be reunited with his parents. Brilliant, funny, and full of twists and turns that engage both the heart and the mind, this novel will have readers clamoring for the follow-up in the duology. Newbery Honoree Gidwitz is at the top of his form using humor, fantastical creatures, and in-depth research to bring this story zestfully to life. VERDICT Highly recommended for all collections serving middle grade and older readers who enjoy smartly written historical novels.—John Scott - Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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