Max and the Midknights
Max and the Midknights

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Annotation: In this hilarious graphic novel by the creator of Big Nate, Max sets out with his band of Midknights to rescue Uncle Budrick from King Gastley, restore the realm of Byjovia to high spirits--and hopefully, become a real knight.
Catalog Number: #179111
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 278 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-10-193108-6 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-4148-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-10-193108-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-4148-4
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018006939
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Peirce delivers a medieval adventure epic with a progressive social agenda woven into the tapestry, as followers of his Big Nate character won't be surprised to hear. Though Max is apprenticed to Uncle Budrick, the troubadour, he's got no interest in singing and story-telling; he wants to be a knight. But wait a second! It turns out Max isn't a "he" at all but a young lady who is prophesied to save the kingdom of Byjovia from the evil usurper, King Gastley. Joined by a motley crew, including a pack of can-do kids and a bumbling wizard, she frees her captured uncle, braves a darksome forest, and rides a dragon toward the final showdown, managing to give authority a piece of her mind on unfair gender rules along the way. With tough, spunky female heroes and loads of derring-do, the concept is already a winner, but Peirce's cartooning mics sequences intercut with occasional blocks of text á la Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid top notch. The charming characters, smooth visual flow. and snappy gags prove irresistible.
Kirkus Reviews
In the 14th century, young Max yearns to buck convention and be a knight.In this fictional, European-esque kingdom, Max lives with Uncle Budrick, a comically terrible troubadour. Children in Byjovia follow in the career footsteps of their families; Max however, dreams not of songs and lutes but of becoming a knight. When Budrick is captured by the nefarious usurper King Gastley, Max finds a crew of like-minded kids and forms the Midknights. Together they fight an evil sorceress, zombies, and winged rats in their efforts to save Max's uncle and, ultimately, the kingdom from Gastley's evil grasp. This middle-grade graphic/prose hybrid plays with gender conventions, mixing in a feel-good theme reaffirming that everyone should be able to follow their dreams and defy pre-existing gender constructs. Plucky, gender-nonconforming Max makes a heartfelt soliloquy imploring the king to allow both girls and boys to pursue what they love, be it magic, knighthood, or writing. The zippy mix of prose and comics panels rockets along with quick plotting and lots of funny medieval madcap antics. Peirce's black-and-white illustrations will be stylistically familiar to fans of his Big Nate series and should resonate with fans of Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid. Main character Max presents white, as are most of the Midknights with the exception of one dark-skinned boy; one other is chubby, and a secondary adult character uses a leg prosthesis.A knight's tale in shining armor. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 7-11)
Publishers Weekly
Max-s uncle Budrick is a traveling troubadour in a 14th-century Europe-like countryside, and he-s the only family Max has. When the two visit Budrick-s homeland, the kingdom of Byjovia, they encounter King Gastley, who kidnaps Budrick and orders him to be his court jester. Max, who has always yearned to be a knight, must figure out how to rescue Budrick with the aid of new friends, the newly anointed Midknights. Thus begins a winding adventure filled with laughs, hijinks, and unexpected revelations, including a few about Max-s identity. Peirce mixes the formats of traditional and graphic novel, conveying much of the tale with panels but including prose passages on many pages. Filled with exciting elements, including wizards, dragons, zombies, and flying rats, this mischievous medieval tale in characteristic cartoons by Big Nate creator Peirce will entertain young and adult readers with adventure and humor. Ages 8-12. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6 Set in the Middle Ages, this hilarious illustrated novel centers on Max, who is often mistaken for a boy because of her short hair and assertive personality. Max wants to be a knight, not an entertainer like her uncle. She finally gets her chance when her uncle is kidnapped by the evil and aptly named King Gastley. She and several and other courageous children dub themselves the Midknights and come to the rescue. Aided by the retired wizard Mumblin, Max and her team try to restore peace to the Kingdom of Byjovia. This is a story of magic and adventure. Comic panels with Peirce's signature black-and-white art are expertly placed amid small paragraphs of text. Readers will be drawn into this fun setting. While this novel stands alone from the "Big Nate" books, the opening page references the series, as Nate's teacher chastises him for submitting "Max and the Midknights" as his nonfiction book report. VERDICT A solid purchase for all middle grade collections, especially for fans of "Big Nate." Marissa Lieberman, East Orange Public Library, NJ
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Word Count: 20,648
Reading Level: 3.3
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.3 / points: 3.0 / quiz: 500227 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: GN490L
Guided Reading Level: L

Join Max's quest to become a knight in this laugh-filled, New York Times bestselling adventure from the author of the Big Nate series!

"Max is epic fun!" --JEFF KINNEY, New York Times bestselling author of the DIARY OF A WIMPY KID series

Max wants to be a knight! Too bad that dream is about as likely as finding a friendly dragon. But when Max's uncle Budrick is kidnapped by the cruel King Gastley, Max has to act...and fast! Joined by a band of brave adventurers--the Midknights--Max sets out on a thrilling quest: to save Uncle Budrick and restore the realm of Byjovia to its former high spirits!

Magic and (mis)adventures abound in this hilarious illustrated novel from the New York Times bestselling creator of the Big Nate series, Lincoln Peirce.

"Fantastic! I loved it!" --DAV PILKEY, New York Times bestselling author of the DOG MAN series

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