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Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things: Mister Max 1

by Cynthia Voigt

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This was utterly, absolutely charming, and I look forward to reading a lot more. ( )
  jen.e.moore | Dec 30, 2015 |
Enjoyable read -- reminiscent of "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" (a child is left alone to fend for himself in the world & must figure out how to survive & solve the mystery of his parents' disappearance without alerting the dreaded "authorities.") ( )
  mfdavis | May 20, 2015 |
Thanks to netgalley.com and Random House Children's for allowing me access to this title.

I have always loved Cynthia Voight ever since I read the Tillman Cycle when I was young. Her wonderful writing and storytelling continues here.

I loved the world building and the characters were fantastic. Overall, I thought this was a great book. My only issue was that I didn't see a 12 year-old being able to pull of the character changes that Max does. There are few boys his age that would be able to look older at all, let alone as middle-aged men. Perhaps 14 would have fit better.

A great read I will definitely recommend for those who love a good mystery in a historical setting. ( )
  Mirandalg14 | Aug 18, 2014 |
The premise given for The Book of Lost Things sounded so promising I couldn’t resist swooping up this middle grade title. As expected with a number of MG books I had to suspend belief / disbelief and just roll with things no matter how silly I felt things were​ getting. In this respect, I definitely believe this one a title for children, and not one that would work well as a cross over. At least not for me personally. When I read middle grade fiction I approach it trying to put myself into a preteen mindset of – will my nephews enjoy this? Will I enjoy reading this with my child? In this case I would say kids would likely enjoy this, but an adult would be less likely to.

Unfortunately, The Book of Lost Things falls into the very small realm of books I can’t bring myself to continue. We start off with Max’s parents getting kidnapped and he is determined to save them. But he gets so completely sidetracked constantly that it makes me wonder what was really the main point. Finally I decided it just wasn’t for me because I found myself not caring.​

But here are a few people that I know either loved or seriously enjoyed the book. So you don’t have to take my word for it.
  Pabkins | May 2, 2014 |
I'm assuming this is a middle grade reader, and the cover (this was an advance reading copy) says that it's the first of a trilogy. Max is the son of theatrical parents in London at some time period.... earlier than now. (I'm not very good at identifying specific historical time periods unless there's a major indicator, such as WWII, I'm afraid.) His parents receive an offer to travel to India to found a theater company for a member of royalty there, but they disappear from the docks and Max and his librarian grandmother discover that the Indian ruler does not actually exist. Max must try to discover what happened to his parents and find a way to make a living while they're gone. He ends up as a detective of sorts, a finder of lost things and a problem-solver.

This book is cute and I'm not sorry I read it, but it didn't blow me away or anything. It didn't have quite as much charm for me as, say, the Theodosia books by R. L. LaFevers, which are a middle-grade cross between Nancy Drew and Indiana Jones. With Max, there were a few too many coincidences, in that many of the problems Max stumbles across end up being highly interconnected in an unrealistic way. But it's fairly clever and well-written, and I enjoyed the way that every character described the color of Max's eyes very specifically, yet completely differently. ( )
  amysisson | Apr 16, 2014 |
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William Stirling carried the packet back into the dining room, where his wife and son were seated.
On a bright Sunday morning in the early years of the last century, a bellhop from the Hotel Excelsior knocked at the front door of 5 Thieves Alley, the home of William and Mary Starling of the Starling Theatrical Company, and their son, Maximilian.
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Newbery medalist Cynthia Voigt presents a rollicking mystery in three acts!

Max's parents are missing. They are actors, and thus unpredictable, but sailing away, leaving Max with only a cryptic note, is unusual even for them. Did they intend to leave him behind? Have they been kidnapped? 

Until he can figure it out, Max feels it's safer to keep a low profile. Hiding out is no problem for a child of the theater. Max has played many roles, he can be whoever he needs to be to blend in. But finding a job is tricky, no matter what costume he dons.

Ironically, it turns out Max has a talent for finding things. He finds a runaway child, a stray dog, a missing heirloom, a lost love. . . . So is he a finder? A detective? No, it's more. Max finds a way to solve people's problems—he engineers better outcomes for them. He becomes Mister Max, Solutioneer.  

Now if only he could find a solution to his own problems . . .

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"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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