Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Max Tilt: Fire the Depths by Peter Lerangis

This book has everything that adventurous middle grade readers are looking for.  An awkward 13 year old student, a tag along baby sitter, mysterious clues and a submarine.

Even though they barely know each other, Max and his older cousin Alex make a great team.  They almost seem to know what the other is going to do next, or else they both are good at adapting to surprises. 

Max is the great great something grandson of Jules Verne and Alex is his great great something niece.  She comes to watch Max when his dad accompanies his mother to the hospital for treatment.  Finding that the family is in great financial hardship, Alex encourages Max to help her find items within the house that they can sell to raise some funds.  While searching, they come across a mysterious chest  that Max speculates belonged to Jules Verne.  This starts the two of them on a daring expedition that takes them places they couldn't have imagined.

This is a fun story that should appeal to both male and female readers.  The mystery is complex enough to engage older middle school readers and the humour is age appropriate.

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc., in exchange for an honest review.

Cover image courtesy Harper Collins Canada.


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