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 Max and the Midknights
 Author: Peirce, Lincoln


 Publisher:  Crown Books for Young Readers
 Pub Year: 2019

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 278 p., ill., 23 cm

 BTSB No: 708833 ISBN: 9781101931080
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Subjects:
 Adventure fiction
 Knights and knighthood -- Fiction
 Troubadours -- Fiction
 Uncles -- Fiction
 Middle ages -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $17.91

Summary:
Max and a group of friends dubbed the Midknights go on a quest to rescue the Kingdom of Byjovia from the mean King Gastley!

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 3.30
   Points: 3.0   Quiz: 500227

Reviews:
   School Library Journal (11/01/18)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/12/18)
 The Hornbook (00/01/19)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 11/01/2018 Gr 4-6–Set in the Middle Ages, this hilarious illustrated novel centers on Max, who is often mistaken for a boy because of her short hair and assertive personality. Max wants to be a knight, not an entertainer like her uncle. She finally gets her chance when her uncle is kidnapped by the evil and aptly named King Gastley. She and several and other courageous children dub themselves the Midknights and come to the rescue. Aided by the retired wizard Mumblin, Max and her team try to restore peace to the Kingdom of Byjovia. This is a story of magic and adventure. Comic panels with Peirce's signature black-and-white art are expertly placed amid small paragraphs of text. Readers will be drawn into this fun setting. While this novel stands alone from the "Big Nate" books, the opening page references the series, as Nate's teacher chastises him for submitting "Max and the Midknights" as his nonfiction book report. VERDICT A solid purchase for all middle grade collections, especially for fans of "Big Nate."—Marissa Lieberman, East Orange Public Library, NJ - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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