Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt is the first book in a proposed trilogy that features a 12-year-old Max trying to prove he is grown up and independent. The book begins with his parents receiving a mysterious letter and him convincing them to join him on their adventure, but when he goes to meet them to sail away they have left without him leaving their own mysterious letter to him.
At first Max lives with his grandmother, but he must find a job and becomes determined to prove he can be independent and live in his parent’s house next door to his grandmother. Max has difficulty finding work and after helping a lost child find his mother he becomes labeled as a detective, although he does not like that title and eventually calls himself a solutioneer. As Max tries to learn more about his parents whereabouts and the long-eared people causing trouble at his home, Max makes a living with a series of cases finding lost things.
Overall Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things is an entertaining read. It would seem that there ought to have been more about him trying to find out about his parents, but at the same time him working on the other cases to help make his living adds a touch of reality. However, there is a lot of stretching of the imagination to assume that no one is noticing that he is in fact a kid and not an adult as he continues to pass himself off as, especially considering he supposedly has grown up in the area and is still living in his parents' home.
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