MAX CASSIDY by Paul Adam

MAX CASSIDY

Escape from Shadow Island
Age Range: 8 - 14
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Two years ago, Max Cassidy’s father, a famous escapologist, vanished while performing in the small Central American country of Santo Domingo. The local authorities arrested and convicted Max’s mother. Now living in London with his guardian and stage assistant Consuela, 14-year-old Max makes a living performing feats of escape while trying to be a regular kid. When a mysterious stranger crashes Max’s dressing room and intimates that Max’s dad is alive, Max can’t wait to hear more. Then the stranger turns up murdered, and a shady government official advises Max to let things drop. No matter the danger, Max isn’t about to leave his mother in prison and his father who-knows-where. With a reluctant Consuela in tow, he heads off to investigate and finds himself embroiled in Santo Domingo politics and a global conspiracy. British adult thriller author Adam’s debut for young audiences is obviously the first of a series. It’s a bit slow to start and slips the bonds of reality near the end, but literate thriller readers, especially those interested in escapology, will enjoy and likely ask for the next installment. (Thriller. 8-14)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-186323-3
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2010