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 Mister Max : the book of kings (Mister Max)
 Author: Voigt, Cynthia

 Publisher:  Knopf (2015)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 338 p., ill., 20 cm.

 BTSB No: 911330 ISBN: 9780307976871
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Problem solving -- Fiction
 Self-reliance -- Fiction
 Missing persons -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction
 Parents -- Fiction

Price: $21.38

Solutioneer Max Starling travels to a fictional South American country to rescue his parents who have become embroiled in a political power grab.

 Illustrator: Bruno, Iacopo
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 6.50
   Points: 14.0   Quiz: 176758

   Kirkus Reviews (07/01/15)
   School Library Journal (07/01/15)
   Booklist (07/01/15)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/10/15)
 The Hornbook (00/09/15)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/01/2015 Gr 5–8—Readers of the first two books about Mister Max will undoubtedly gravitate to this conclusion of the trilogy. Max is finally off, with several of the friends he's made in the previous books, to rescue his parents who either are the monarchs of a fictional South American country or are being held prisoner there. Disguises are in order and false identities must be assumed for Max's party of rescuers to be admitted to the kingdom in the mountains. Once there, they must determine which of the dignitaries and military personnel are trustworthy and insist on an audience with the strangely reclusive king and queen. This series resists categorization. Its little mysteries aren't terribly mysterious, its suspense is not particularly heart-stopping, and its humor is gentle rather than uproarious. VERDICT Fans of the first two books will be eager to see how the "solutioneer" saves the day.—Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Library, NY - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 07/01/2015 A self-styled “solutioneer,” 13-year-old Max has solved his share of problems and mysteries over the first two volumes of the Mister Max series (The Book of Lost Things, 2013; The Book of Secrets, 2014), but now the time has come to rescue his parents from their mysterious entrapment as the captive “king and queen” of tiny Andesia. After winning his own king’s support, Max gathers a team of allies who travel to South America on a diplomatic mission. A lengthy period of observation and assessment ends when his father is arrested. Max and his friends spring into action with a desperate rescue operation that relies on their wits, instincts, and courage. Full-page, black-and-white drawings appear at intervals, reflecting the story’s tone and period. Readers who have come to enjoy the series’ well-drawn characters and its measured pace will find this a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. Voigt leaves the door open for more adventures, though, hinting that Max can look forward to a career in espionage when he turns 16. A rewarding adventure story for fans of Mister Max. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.

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