Max Tilt: Fire the Depths By Peter Lerangis

Photo and Review by Kimberly O. ~ Originally on Instagram

I received this book from #kidlitexchange to read in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Max Tilt: Fire the Depths By Peter Lerangis
(October 3rd 2017 ~ HarperCollins)

This book is full of action, adventure and plenty of exploration. Max and his cousin Alex are descendants of Jules Verne. Yes, that Jules Verne, the French novelists known for his widely popular science fiction stories. When Max’s mom starts battling a serious illness and the bills start to pile up, the cousins find themselves responsible for keeping the house running – quite literally. As the pair are rummaging around the house looking for items to sell, they stumble upon an old chest hidden in the attic. Inside they find one of Verne’s unpublished manuscripts. With hopes of discovering treasure to solve all of their problems, the two set off on their own adventure. Along the way they become stowaways on a ship, stumble upon a submarine, visit an underwater city, find themselves in icy Greenland, come face to face with a giant squid and uncover evidence that the Nautilus and Captain Nemo might have truly existed.

This is a fun way to introduce or extend a study on the classic story of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. The story is fast paced and full of clues to decode. The nemesis is easy to be leery around and the main characters are often full of great luck and many comical moments. This is the second book I’ve ever read where a character has synesthesia. In this case, Max has a heightened sense of smell when he is dealing with strong emotions. His reactions are rather unique and entertaining. Sure to be a hit with middle grade adventure seekers. This is a great start to a new series. The sequel will focus on Around the World in 80 Days and is set to release later this year!!


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