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Max Finder Mystery Collected Casebook Volume 5

by (author) Craig Battle

illustrated by Ramón Pérez

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Mar 2016
General, Mysteries & Detective Stories
Recommended Age
8 to 12
Recommended Grade
3 to 6
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2016
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2011
    List Price

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The fifth volume in this award-winning graphic novel series contains ten mystery comics by OWL Magazine editor Craig Battle, plus two never-before-published short mystery stories by series creator Liam O’Donnell. As always, storylines are intriguing, age-appropriate, and relevant; illustrations are detailed and compelling; and dialogue is snappy. Each solve-it-yourself comic stars amateur detective Max Finder and his best friend, budding journalist Alison Santos. Seventh graders at Central Meadows Junior High, these two intrepid investigators must call upon their skills to crack each case before them. Cases in this volume include "The Case of the Graffiti Goon," "The Case of the Absent Answer Key," and "The Case of the Cafeteria Crisis." Clues appear in words and images, so readers must develop their eye for detail in order to solve the mysteries. Solutions appear at the end of each comic, explaining whodunit and why, and the clues that cracked the case. Bonus content unique to this volume includes a yearbook-style introduction to Max and Alison’s classmates: bully Ben “Basher” McGintley, gossip queen Leslie Chang, prankster Kyle Kressman, and a host of others. Plus, tips and tricks from Max and Alison for readers looking to develop their own eagle eyes and other sleuthing skills! Crammed with clues and stuffed with enough suspects and red herrings to keep readers guessing until the very last panel, Max Finder Mystery Volume 5 promises to engage pre-teens with hours of whodunit fun.

About the authors

CRAIG BATTLE likes to think he's as funny as Pat from the Camp Average series, but he's probably more funny like Winston's short shorts. The author of seven books for middle-grade readers, Craig has worked as a journalist, coach, and camp counselor. Now an editor of stories big and small at, he lives in Toronto with his wife and son.


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Ramón Pérez is a Canadian freelance cartoonist and writer working predominantly in comic books, children’s books, and magazines as a graphic storyteller. Recent career highlights include Captain America and the First Thirteen, Deadpool Team-Up #883, and the Eisner award-winning graphic novel Tale of Sand, which Ramón directly adapted from the original screenplay by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl for Archaia Publishing. Ramón lives in Toronto.

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Editorial Reviews

"Creator Liam O'Donnell and present writer Craig Battle provide upper and middle years reader with a collection of mysteries that have an ease of reading combined with action and intrigue."

CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

"Brightly coloured comic story boards with a vast variety of characters, villains and good guys, will surely hook all readers in this age group."

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Other titles by Craig Battle

Other titles by Ramón Pérez