Book Review: The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt

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Book Review: The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia VoigtThe Book of Lost Things on September 10, 2013
Genres: Historical Fiction
Pages: 374
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

Max Starling's theatrical father likes to say that at twelve a boy is independent. He also likes to boast (about his acting skills, his wife's acting skills, a fortune only his family knows is metaphorical), but more than anything he likes to have adventures. Max Starling's equally theatrical mother is not a boaster but she enjoys a good adventure as much as her husband. When these two disappear, what can sort-of-theatrical Max and his not-at-all theatrical grandmother do? They have to wait to find out something, anything, and to worry, and, in Max's case, to figure out how to earn a living at the same time as he maintains his independence. This is the first of three books, all featuring the mysterious Mister Max.

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I’ve recently found that I quite enjoy middle grade, so as soon as I got the opportunity to read and review this awesome looking trilogy, I jumped right on it! The Book of Lost Things is the first book in the Mister Max trilogy, and it definitely starts off with a bang.

The story follows young Max Starling whose parents own a theater company. They’re always playing different characters, and very recently they’ve allowed Max to start participating in the plays too, which he loves. After being given the opportunity to travel abroad and start a theater company, the three of them get ready to board a ship and decide to meet there at a certain time. Max was told to meet his parents there, though when he gets there, the ship is nowhere to be found. He asks around quite a bit too, though everyone claims that they never saw a ship by the name that he’s looking for, which is so upsetting for him, because that means his parents are missing!
Max ends up going to stay with his grandma, and the two of them work to find out what happened to his parents, while solving other little mysteries along the way. Max even gets a new name to solve mysteries by: Mister Max.
Max was such a great character! I loved how adventurous he was. Max was also very independent, which I liked since he was so young. I was very independent at such a young age as well, so I could relate to him well in that aspect. I also loved Max’s grandmother, and not only because she was a librarian. She let Max rely on himself a little, which definitely helped him in the long run. I can’t wait to read the second book in the series to see what happens next!
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