Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Max is one of those people able to blend in, taking on whatever appearance he wants. I don't mean this in a magical sense, I mean in that "you look vaguely familiar but I'm pretty sure I've never see you before" sense. His only distinguishing feature is his eyes, a browny-grey (or is that grey-brown?). His parents are actors, invited on some sort of Shakespeare Wallah-esque trip to India... except the ship they were supposed to leave on never existed, and they refuse to actually show the invitation to anyone. Left behind, sort of under his grandmother's care, Max starts to search for them and some form of employment to keep things together until they return. His ultimate job? Solutioneer. Not quite in the same realm as Lemony Snickett, but definitely in the neighborhood. Middle grade readers will enjoy meeting Max... and I'm looking forward to the sequel.
ARC provided by publisher.