Super Max and the Mystery of Thornwood's Reve...
Super Max and the Mystery of Thornwood's Revenge
by Susan Vaught
Age Range - 8 - 12
Genre - Adventure
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Age at time of review - 10
Reviewer's Location - Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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Susan Vaught’s mystery thriller, Super Max and the Mystery of Thornwood’s Revenge, is the adventure of Maxine Brennan, a disabled but spunky girl living with her grandfather, AKA Toppy, in Blue Creek, Tennessee. Life is all good, until a hacker starts targeting Toppy. At first, everyone thinks it’s just someone being nasty and trying to make him look bad, but when things start getting crazier and the threats begin to get more malevolent, even to the point of potentially hurting people, Max tries, along with her friends, to get to the bottom of it. The one odd thing about all of the hacker’s attacks is the strange threat that comes along with it.  The hacker claims that the famous Thornwood’s revenge will come down on all of Blue Creek. As Max struggles to unearth the hacker’s identity, she will soon realize things she never knew before, and she’ll discover that the person behind it all is much closer than she thinks. Action-packed and filled with mystery, this book is a must read!



I really enjoyed Super Max and the Mystery of Thornwood’s Revenge for a lot of reasons, mostly because of the main character, Max. Max is fun and spunky; she's also confident and cool. Even with a wheelchair, she doesn’t let it get in her way; she even modified it to make her faster. This character is written out in a way that makes her feel real. I feel like some of the books I read have characters who are perfect, or at least don’t seem real. They seem like they are adults--it sounds as though the author of the book is speaking for them. Max, on the other hand, is fun and talks like a kid. She likes exploring. Another thing I like about her is that she does her own thing…she likes super heroes.

I also really enjoyed this book because it’s filled with mystery and adventure…and some scary/ thrilling parts. It has haunted houses and creepy hackers. I feel like the author, Susan Vaught, really knows what kids want to read, which is really nice. The style of writing is also good and easy to read; the whole story really pulls you in and makes you want to learn more about Max. I hope to read more books like this in the future. I highly recommend Super Max.


Content Rating:

Content rating - some mature content

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Although I think that Super Max and the Mystery of Thornwood's Revenge is fine for 4th grade and up, there is some mature content such as a part in which Max, the main character of the book, is stuck in a burning building, a hacker posting offensive things about Max's Grandfather on Facebook (no swear words), and a girl has a very slight crush on a boy.

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