Book Review: The Book of Secrets by Cynthia Voigt

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Book Review: The Book of Secrets by Cynthia VoigtThe Book of Secrets Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on September 23, 2014
Genres: Historical Fiction
Pages: 355
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

From Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt, Book II in the exciting adventures of Mister Max—12-year-old detective in disguise.   In Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things, Max Starling proved that he is more than a detective, he’s a Solutioneer. His reputation for problem-solving has been spreading—and now even the mayor wants his help.   Someone is breaking windows and setting fires in the old city, but the shopkeepers won’t say a word about the culprits. Why are they keeping these thugs’ secrets?   When the mayor begs for help, Max agrees to take the case, putting himself in grave danger. It’s a race to catch up with the vandals before they catch him.   Meanwhile, Max is protecting secrets of his own. His parents are still missing, and the cryptic messages he gets from them make it clear—it’s going to be up to Max to rescue them.   Can the Solutioneer handle cases this big?   Praise for Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things “An endearing, memorable protagonist and a clever plot make this a winner.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred

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After reading The Book of Lost Things, I immediately started reading The Book of Secrets. I was so happy to be thrown back into the wonderful world of Mister Max and his wonderful adventures.

In book two, Max is still on the hunt to find out where his parents are. He’s still just as independent, though now he has his own assistant who’s also his friend. Max is asked by the mayor for help, which is a really big deal. On top of that, Max’s grandmother may be losing her job as a librarian. What’s Max to do?
More often than not, second books in a trilogy tend to suffer from second book syndrome. That was not the case with The Book of Secrets. I found it to be just as interesting and intriguing as book one, if not more. There were also some very funny parts, such as when Max was recognized by one of his schoolmates and he had to act like he didn’t know who the schoolmate was at all. He had to act his way out of it, so the skills his parents taught him were going to good use, which I liked.
I really liked Pia in this book as well. She was just so sweet and I loved her relationship with Max. She’s a pretty great friend. I honestly think that this second book could be read alone, if a young child were to accidentally pick up the second book instead of the first, which could be a good thing as I used to do that a lot as a young child! However, reading book one first would definitely help with the understanding of this sequel. I’m sure book three will be even better!

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