Max & the Midknights


A career as a troubadour like Uncle Budrick doesn’t appeal to Max. Max has other ambitions, such as becoming a knight, something that Uncle Budrick turned down for a life of singing on the road. Max learns of Kind King Conrad and Uncle Budrick’s childhood in Byjovia. When they are attacked the pair decide this is the best place to head. However, Byjovia has changed.

Entering the kingdom kickstarts a new role and drama for Max and Uncle Budrick. Immediately the pair are surrounded, for Byjovia is now in the control of King Conrad’s evil brother, King Gastley who despises vagrants, interlopers, strangers… When Budrick is kidnapped, Max springs into action. There’s support from a small group of sidekicks, an ostler and a magician, magically summoned by a stone. What force can they put up against a kingdom that seems to have been plumbed into nastiness through some strange spell? Is there anything they can do to break this and rescue Uncle Budrick, without being overwhelmed and captured?

New York Times columnist Lincoln Pierce has created a really appealing, funny, inventive graphic story in Max & the Midknights. The incidents and characters are laugh-out-loud, while messages about equality and opportunity are subtle and meaningful. Bookwagon is delighted to welcome this title to its shelves.


Max & the Midknights

Lincoln Peirce

(Pan Macmillan)

Max & the Midknights are formed in the kingdom of Byjovia. The group appears unaffected by the strange malaise of the adults; they are some of the few aware of the cruel reign of King Gastley. No vagrants! No hunger! The strange disappearance of his elder brother, King Conrad the Kind? When Max’s troubadour Uncle Budrick is kidnapped by King Gastley all dreams of a future as a knight steam straight into action. Yet how can a small band of children hope to overcome greed and swordsmanship? Might there be another way? Perhaps there could be a summoning coin and a retired magician? Furthermore perhaps there could be trickery and a would-be wand wanderer within the group!
New York times cartoonist Lincoln Pierce has created a really appealing graphic novel/ early chapter book. It’s funny, gripping and very readable. This title is in the vein of Bookwagon favourite Knighthood for Beginners, with its tongue- in-cheek humour and courageous bursts! Moreover, there are really important messages of equality and civility within this title. We suggest you hitch a reading ride with Max & the Midknights!


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