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This week I am spotlighting Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt. I got this ARC at ALA. I have read all of Voigt's Tillerman books but haven't tried any of her others. Here is the description of this September 10 release:
Newbery medalist Cynthia Voigt presents a rollicking mystery in three acts!Beginning:
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 . . .
On a bright Sunday morning in the early years of the last century, a bellhop from the Hotel Excelsior knocked on the front door of 5 Thieves Alley, the home of William and Mary Starling of the Starling Theatrical Company, and their son, Maximilian.Friday 56:
He wasn't adventure mad. That was his father, with his mother going along with whatever William wanted and probably wanting it herself, too. All Max wanted was not to have been left behind.