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80 Days or Die
Contributor(s): Lerangis, Peter
ISBN: 0062441035     ISBN-13: 9780062441034
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: July 2018
Annotation: A next entry in the trilogy inspired by Jules Verne's classic finds Max Tilt investigating his famous ancestor's mythological recovery in the hope of finding a cure for his mother's progressing illness. By the best-selling author of the Seven Wonders series. 50,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Magic; Fiction.
Healing; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
- Juvenile Fiction | Legends, Myths, Fables
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2018135180
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Max Tilt
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.00" (1.00 lbs) 392 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
Thirteen-year-old Max is on the autism spectrum, yet his parents unexpectedly leave him in the care of his older girl cousin, Alex. These two descendants of long-dead author Jules Verne follow clues he left for a great treasure (also sought by a villainous man). This action-adventure series-starter is full of brain-teasing codes, madcap plans, and death-defying feats--as well as way too many convenient coincidences. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 September #3)

In this exciting first book in the Max Tilt series, two teens race across the world to solve a treasure hunt created by legendary author Jules Verne. With 13-year-old Max Tilt's parents away, his 18-year-old cousin, Alexandra, is left in charge. While exploring the attic, they discover a chest once owned by Verne, from whom the cousins are descended. Inside, they find the first set of clues leading to a long-lost manuscript, which purports that Verne's stories were based in reality. But they also attract the attention of ruthless businessman Spencer Niemand, who wants whatever treasure Verne left behind. Forced to work with Niemand, Max and Alex join him aboard his own fantastical submarine for a globe-spanning, death-defying adventure. Clever puzzles will grab readers' attention, and biracial Max (who is Dominican on his father's side) isn't your average hero: he's on the autism spectrum and has synesthesia, which manifests as emotions having scents, such as smelling fish when he's scared. The fast pace and nifty concepts carry Lerangis's story, and the ending neatly sets up future installments. Ages 8–12. (Oct.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 August)

Gr 4–6—With his mother in the hospital, his father unemployed, the mortgage overdue, and utilities shut off, 13-year-old Max Tilt needs help, but he never expects that his salvation might come from his great-great-great-grandfather Jules Verne. Searching for garage sale items, he and his cousin Alex Verne find a strange chest in the attic; the clues inside it lead them to the unpublished chapters of Verne's memoir, The Lost Treasures, and to the path that Verne followed in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. But Alex and Max are not alone in their quest for the lost treasure—evil tycoon Spencer Niemand has made it his life's goal to claim it and build an underwater civilization, his own refuge for a dying planet. Together this unlikely team venture to a lost underwater city, cross treacherous frozen mountains, battle giant squid, navigate vicious whirlpools, and brave deadly cold on a quest that may follow the passage of the real, not fictional, Nautilus. Lerangis brings Jules Verne to life for a new generation, and instantly pulls readers in with enticing clues, fast-paced action, and intriguing characters. Max is a likeable hero; he is clever, brave, and ready to risk it all for his family. He has been labeled as "on the spectrum;" his emotions trigger associative smells, he loves facts, and sometimes has trouble relating to people. VERDICT Readers will be hooked by the high-octane adventure and charmed by the well-developed characters. Fans of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter will eagerly await Max Tilt's next adventure.—MaryAnn Karre, Vestal, NY

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.