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The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 2 Middle School Mayhem

Written by Rachel Renee Russell
Part of the The Misadventures of Max Crumbly Series

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In a nutshell: wacky humour, thrilling action, nail-biting suspense and cool raps

From the creator of the hugely popular Dork Diaries comes this new series starring comic-obsessed, wannabe superhero Max Crumbly. One of the great things about Max is his no-nonsense narrative style, here’s the introduction to this story for example: “I knew Middle School was going to be challenging but I never expected to end up dead in a computer lab, wearing a superhero costume with four slices of pizza stuck to my butt.” It’s a good summary and Max continues the story at this pace right up to the cliff-hanger ending, sometimes using rap to make it even bouncier. There are masses of illustrations throughout and the cartoon format suits the story perfectly; reading doesn’t get any faster. The story will satisfy its readers thoroughly and Max looks set to give Dork diarist Nikki a run for her money.

One to recommend to fans of other hapless heroes such as Tom Gates, Greg Heffley and Rafe Khatchadorian. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review Book one in the series, Locker Hero. Click here to read their full reviews.

  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 11 - 'A great book written in the style of a diary with fantastic illustrations. If you like Tom Gates and Wimpy Kid you will definitely like this too. Highly recommend.'
  • Alexander Bisland, age 11 - 'I really enjoyed this book and it has to be one of the best books I’ve read for a while.' (and Alexander reads a lot!)
  • Lucy Stephenson, Year 8 - Millennium RIOT Readers, Thorpe Academy - 'This book made me laugh a lot as Max is so funny and the artwork is amazing. This was definitely one of the best books I have read in a long time as it kept me quickly turning the pages.'
  • Amina, age 10 - 'This is one of the best books I've ever read and the funniest...full of adventure, suspense, courage, teen worries and best of all laughs.'
  • Ross O'Gorman - 'an absolute rib tickler with fantastic illustrations and a really fun read.'
  • Evie, age 11 - 'I really enjoyed this book as it got straight into the action and it's funny all the way through.'
  • Harry, age 10 – Blenheim Primary School - 'This is a brilliant book with action all the way through, it also leaves you at the edge of your seat.'
  • Sidney Greenslade, age 13 - 'The Misadventures of Max Crumbly is another hit from Rachel Renée Russell - absolutely hilarious...witty and I’m desperate to read more! A brilliant story, 10/10!'
  • Erica Motoc, age 10 - 'The Misadventures of Max Crumbly Locker Hero is a phenomenal book that is really quite extraordinary and unique.'
  • Lewis Briggs, age 10 - 'A book packed full of joy and laughter!  I can't wait to get the next book to see what happens. If you're a fan of Tom Gates, Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Dork Diaries than this is your new favourite book!'
  • Emily Walklett, age 12 - 'A tense but fun book about Max's tricky situation when he is bullied in middle school. Easy to read, likely to appeal to boys aged 8+.'
  • Jessica Cobbin - 'I give this book 10/10.  It's just as good as Dork Diaries and I now want to read the rest of the series.'
  • Evie Aconley, age 10 - 'A book especially for those who love great adventure and have a vivid will make you laugh out loud, really loud!!!'
  • Enora Hauduc, age 8 - 'It was entertaining and the story pulled me in.'
  • Sam Harper, age 12 - 'A really, cool and funny book with brilliant raps and cartoons. A definite must-read for any Wimpy Kid fans out there.'
  • Jessica Bowkley, Yr 7,  Dormston Secondary School - 'This book is comical...perfect for boys who could probably understand and relate to many of Max’s thoughts and think of solutions to his problems. But of course this is a great read for girls too!'
  • Eddie Herbert age 10, Red Maid’s Junior School - 'You'll be laughing in seconds and won't stop until you've finished! This is an amazing book- a definite must-read!'
  • Dre Davies age 11, Blenheim Primary School - 'This book is an awesome book...This is a funny book with hilarious parts.'
  • Maya Lewis, age 9 - 'This book made me want to read more because it has lots of great things included (great vocabulary) that I can now use. Rachel is the best author!'
  • Scott Garrett age 11, Blenheim Primary School - 'I recommend this book to people who read diary based books'
  • Thomas Buck, age 11 - 'I recommend this book for people who like Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 11 - 'A great book written in the style of a diary with fantastic illustrations. If you like Tom Gates and Wimpy Kid you will definitely like this too. Highly recommend.'


The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 2 Middle School Mayhem by Rachel Renee Russell

Meet Max Crumbly, the NEW dork on the block, in the second instalment of a brand new series from Rachel Renee Russell, the author of the phenomenal Dork Diaries series - now with over 36 million copies in print worldwide!

When we last left our hero, Max Crumbly, he had crash-landed on top of a Mighty Meat Monster pizza after taking a late night tumble through the vents at South Ridge Middle School - and he was completely surrounded by three ruthless criminals! Will Max be shredded to bits like mozzarella cheese on the hard and crunchy pizza crust of doom? Can his friend and sidekick, computer whiz Erin, help get him out of this sticky situation alive? Perfect for fans of Dork Diaries, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Tom Gatesand James Patterson's Middle School series.


`If you like Tom Gates, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and, of course, Dork Diaries you'll love this!' The Sun

About the Author

Rachel Renee Russell

Rachel Renée Russell is an attorney who prefers writing children's books to legal briefs (mainly because books are a lot more fun and pyjamas and bunny slippers aren't allowed in court). She has raised two daughters and lived to tell about it. Dork Diaries was her debut novel and there are now over ten books in the internationally bestselling series which has appeared on the NYT bestseller top ten non-stop for over a year, and which has over 19 million copies in print worldwide. Her new book The Misadventures of Max Crumbly was published in June 2016. Rachel lives in northern Virginia with a spoiled pet Yorkie who terrorises her daily by climbing on top of her computer and pelting her with stuffed animals while she writes. And, yes, Rachel considers herself a total Dork.

One of the World Book Day 2015 Authors Rachel Renee Russell is a lawyer who prefers writing children's books to legal briefs. She lives in Aldie, Virginia.

A Q&A with Rachel...

Can you share a little about your background? I grew up in Saint Joseph, Michigan, a small city located on the shore of Lake Michigan. I have 2 younger sisters and 2 younger twin brothers. I wrote and illustrated my first book in 6th grade as a birthday present for my brothers. I’m an attorney, but I enjoy writing children’s books more than practicing law. I currently reside in northern Virginia.

Do you have any children?
I have two daughters. My younger daughter, Nikki, helps with illustrations. I am also looking forward to adopting 3 children in the near future.

Are the events in the book true?
Many of the events in the book are based on the experiences I and my daughters had in middle school.

Were you considered a Dork in middle school?
Yes! And, I’m STILL a DORK!

Do you have any pets?
I have a dog, a yorkie.

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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd

Publication date

8th February 2018




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