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Max and the Millions Hardcover – March 13, 2018
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- Lexile Measure : 620L
- Grade Level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 152471884X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1524718848
- Product Dimensions : 5.75 x 0.91 x 8.56 inches
- Publisher : Wendy Lamb Books (March 13, 2018)
- Reading level : 8 - 12 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,368,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Characters in “Max & the Millions” represent a wide variety of personalities and values. Mr. Pitt, St. Goliath’s headmaster, is self-promoting and unscrupulous. Max struggles to fit with his peers and discovers that even the most popular students have personal problems. Luke, the young king of the Blues, allows the love of power to overtake his personal ethics. Only when confronted by his allies is Luke able to see the error of his choices. Mr. Darrow seeks to escape reality through his miniatures and the world he created.
Targeted at readers ages eight through twelve, “Max & the Millions” is not a difficult book to read. It is an excellent choice for reading aloud to younger listeners. However, the use of the expletive “h-e-double hockey sticks” by one of the young characters is unnecessary. While many young readers and listeners may have heard this profanity, its use in a novel for the target group is troubling. Parents/grandparents may want to edit this out when reading the book aloud.
--- "Max doesn't really have any friends at school, except for the janitor, Mr. Darrow. The two have something common - they like to build miniature models. After Mr. Darrow completed his secret masterpiece, he disappears! Max is left with no clue of where his only friend went - for all that was left behind was a pile of sand with some miniature palm trees. But, Max didn't notice at first the little dots of blue, red and green moving along the sand... This is a great book, about personal strength and accepting others. When Mr. Darrow disappears, Max becomes with Sasha, a boy from school. Unlike most people, Sasha accepts him, even though Max is deaf. They work together to save the Kingdom of the Floor, and befriend the tiny people living there. The book alternates between different perspectives -- mostly from Max's, but also from the people from the Floor kingdom, the principal of the boarding school, Sasha, and a few others. I really liked Sasha's little sister, Joy, who was the ring-leader of group little girls who were all really naughty, their antics were so funny! I would recommend this book to ages 8+, to people who appreciate and notice little details, and those who feel "different." It is a quick read, and an a good adventure story with a happy ending."
When he returns from summer vacation, and returns to Mr. Darrow's room to see if he was back or saw his message, he discovers something astounding. There are millions of tiny people living on the floor of Mr. Darrow's room, who are divided into three warring camps--the Blues, the Reds and the Greens. The Reds are led by a no-nonsense Queen, the Greens by a nasty guy, and the Blues by the slacker son of their recently deceased king. Luke, the son, soon realizes, however, that slacking was going to get both him and all his people killed. Max soon realizes he has to get all the tiny people out of Mr. Darrow's room before the vain, foolish headmaster has the room cleaned out.
And on and on the story goes. Max is helped by his roommate Sasha, who didn't go home for summer break, but is still at school running a summer camp for fifty 5-year-old girls. The girls, fueled by candy, also help Max and Sasha in their attempts to outwit the schoolmaster. Much of the story, though, is about the tiny people and their inability to get along. There is lots of violence and threats of violence, although it doesn't seem like anyone actually gets genuinely hurt. There is also the developing friendship between Max and Sasha, as well as Max's attempts to get him to understand the difficulties he has communicating with others. All and all, it is quite an adventure, and I would only recommend it to children who like adventure stories. In addition, those who like witty type humor certainly may appreciate many of the author's attempts to get laughs.
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This is a wonderful story about friendship, looking deeper and more carefully at what’s around you and I will be recommending this to my Year 5 class, although it’s equally suitable for younger and older readers. I loved it.