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Mister Max : the book of lost things, Cynthia Voigt ; illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

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Mister Max : the book of lost things
Title
Mister Max
Title remainder
the book of lost things
Statement of responsibility
Cynthia Voigt ; illustrated by Iacopo Bruno
Title variation
Book of lost things
Title variation remainder
Book of lost things
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Contributor
Illustrator
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"When Max's parents leave the country without him, he must rely on his wits to get by, and before long he is running his own--rather unusual--business"--
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Review
  • Grades 4-6 In the early 1900s, 12-year-old Max arrives at the dock to join his parents for a voyage to India only to learn that they have already gone, leaving him a cryptic note. He confides in his grandmother, who encourages him to support himself until their return. After he finds a lost toddler and restores the boy to his mother, her friends hire Max to recover other things they have lost. Though baffled by the mystery of his parents’ disappearance, Max discovers that he has a knack for solving other people’s problems. The measured pace of the writing will not appeal to every reader, but the style suits the story’s period. Voigt takes her time creating multifaceted characters and laying the groundwork for the next two volumes in the Mister Max trilogy, while the novel quietly builds a momentum of its own. The hint of lurking villainy is real, but even stronger is the sense that Max, his grandmother, and his friends will use their individual strengths to set things right. Stay tuned. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 08-01-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 22)
  • Gr 5 – 8 — Admirers of Voigt's "Tillerman" series (S & S) will recognize several plot points in this first volume of a proposed trilogy: a child is seemingly deserted by his parents and survives with the support of his grandmother. But there the similarities end, for this is a mystery-cum-adventure story with a 19th-century feel and an accumulation of improbabilities that build to a satisfyingly melodramatic climax. As Maximilian Starling wends his way around his nameless city trying to find an honest day's work, he stumbles across a series of people with problems, unanswered questions, unsatisfied longings, or vague states of malaise. And then there are the sinister types who seem intent on breaking into Max's house. What are they looking for? Fortunately, Max's parents were theatricals, which gives him both an intimate knowledge of roles to assume while pretending to be old enough for employment and an ample supply of costumes in which to disguise himself. Whether it's finding a good home for a lost dog, facilitating the reunion of disappointed lovers, or recovering a long-lost heirloom, Max displays good sense, a sensitive nature, and winning ingenuity. He resists being labeled a detective and since he merely guides people toward the resolution of their troubles, it's fitting that he calls himself a "solutioneer." By book's end, however, he has not answered his own questions. Readers still don't know what has happened to his parents, for example. This will likely leave them strangely contented, knowing that Voigt has so much more to reveal in the sequels to this comedic page-turner.—Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Library, NY --Miriam Lang Budin (Reviewed July 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 7, p86)
  • A mysterious invitation to establish a theatrical troupe in India starts off the action in the first book in a trilogy from Newbery Medalist Voigt, set in the early 1900s. Max Starling’s actor parents set sail (or do they?) for the new opportunity, accidentally (or not?) leaving him behind. Frightened and slightly hurt by their abandonment, yet determined to solve the mystery of their disappearance and maintain his independence, 12-year-old Max searches for income-earning opportunities and stumbles into detectivelike work—finding a lost dog, a missing antique silver spoon, and (secretly) reuniting two lost lovers. Max creates different characters for each of his missions, with appropriate costumes from his parents’ trunks, and encounters the requisite eclectic characters, all well-drawn by Voigt. Max has a good heart and a sharp mind, with enough self-doubt to be credible, and his adventures, while not deeply suspenseful, build in complexity and develop Max’s maturity; Voigt’s accomplished writing draws readers into every aspect of his world. A double-edged ending solves one big mystery while setting the stage for a new one. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8–12. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed July 8, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 27, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ When Max's unpredictable actor parents leave home without him, he earns money by finding the lost things of others. But can he find his parents? In the first of a trilogy by Newbery winner Voigt, Maximilian Starling, son of theatrical parents, is left at the dock when he misses a boat to India, where his parents supposedly have been invited by a maharajah to start a theater. Did they intend to leave him? Are they in danger? Although his wise yet bossy librarian grandmother lives next door, 12-year-old Max wants to earn his keep and be independent. Cleverly donning the costumes and different roles performed by his missing parents, Max discovers an aptitude for finding lost things--lost lovers, a runaway child, a lost dog, a valuable spoon. He is a "solutioneer," solving people's problems. Voigt is a clever storyteller and wordsmith. The book is full of phrases to savor ("There was a lot of No in that Yes…"). While the solutions may be obvious to readers, the satisfying way that Max solves each one is engaging. Highly detailed black-and-white illustrations nicely reflect the novel's setting at the beginning of the last century. An endearing, memorable protagonist and a clever plot make this a winner. (Adventure. 9-13)(Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2013)
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10219344
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Voigt, Cynthia
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Intended audience
890
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
PZ7.V874
LC item number
Mi 2013
Literary form
fiction
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  • 5
  • 8
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Bruno, Iacopo
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True
Series statement
Mister Max
Series volume
1
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  • Self-reliance
  • Problem solving
  • Self-reliance
  • Problem solving
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Mister Max : the book of lost things, Cynthia Voigt ; illustrated by Iacopo Bruno
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Publication
Note
Includes an excerpt from: The books of secrets
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
367 pages
Isbn
9780307976819
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2012033823
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)810772923
Label
Mister Max : the book of lost things, Cynthia Voigt ; illustrated by Iacopo Bruno
Publication
Note
Includes an excerpt from: The books of secrets
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
367 pages
Isbn
9780307976819
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2012033823
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)810772923

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