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About Max and the Spice Thieves by John Peragine

When his mother goes missing, Max Daybreaker’s world is turned upside down. Luckily, a crew of Spice Pirates, led by the mysterious Captain Cinn, help Max on his dangerous mission across the three seas. Along the way, an unlikely alliance aids in his search—a teenage warrior queen, a three-eyed seer, and an assassin spy. Their journey takes them through treacherous lands while facing shapeshifting bears, an ancient witch, harpies, and the nightmarish Djinn, who will stop at nothing to enslave the world. With every new challenge, Max unlocks the secrets of his unsettling past. Powers awaken within, forcing him to question everything he knows. Is Max who he thinks he is? Only time and destiny will tell…

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Review of Max and the Spice Thieves

I saw this book and I knew I had to try it, even though I don’t often read middle grade books.  Max and the Spice Thieves is a remarkable adventure for readers of any age.  Non-stop action, all sorts of heroes, villains, magic and a family’s peril kept me engrossed from start to finish.

Max is an engaging young boy, whose mission to save his mother becomes so much more. Keeping company with a pirate, Max meets a variety of characters, including a young queen, a witch and some talking polar bears.  I loved the mix of characters, the unending search for mom, and the constant peril. 

Max and the Spice Thieves is a true page-turner.  Be prepared to read late into the night.  The ending was perfect, especially since I was hoping for more adventures for Max and his friends.  Did I say I don’t read middle grade books?  Well, maybe one or two…

Through NetGalley, the publisher provided a copy of this book so that I could bring you this review.

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