Maximillian Fly (Hardcover)
Katherine Tegen Books, 9780062571168, 384pp.
Publication Date: June 11, 2019
Summer 2019 Kids Indie Next List
— Laura Graveline, Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX
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The bestselling author of the Septimus Heap series, Angie Sage, delivers a gripping and darkly humorous tale of Maximillian Fly—a human with cockroach features—whose quiet life is upended when he aids two human children in their escape from an oppressive governing power.
Perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket and Adam Gidwitz.
Maximillian Fly wants no trouble. Yet because he stands at six feet two, with beautiful indigo wings, long antennae, and more arms than you or me, many are frightened of him.
He is a gentle creature who looks like a giant cockroach. This extraordinary human wants to prove his goodness, so he opens his door to two SilverSeed children in search of a place to hide.
Instantly, Maximillian’s quiet, solitary life changes. There are dangerous powers after them and they have eyes everywhere. But in this gray city of Hope trapped under the Orb, is escape even possible?
Maximillian Fly is a masterful story brimming with suspense, plot twists, and phenomenal world building. This compelling novel delves into family dynamics and themes of prejudice, making the case for tolerance, empathy, and understanding.
* Junior Library Guild Selection * Kids' Indie Next List *
About the Author
ANGIE SAGE was born in London and grew up in the Thames Valley, London, and Kent. She loves the sea, spooky old houses, and time traveling (the easy way, by reading history books). Angie has created many books for children, including the New York Times bestselling series Septimus Heap and Araminta Spookie. She lives in England. Visit her online at www.angiesage.com and on Twitter @AngieSageAuthor.
Praise For Maximillian Fly…
“A deliciously spellbinding series opener.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Readers will be indubitably hooked—worrying, laughing, and gasping over the nonstop adventures of this engaging troupe.”
— Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (starred review)
“Sage at her best; it’s full of fun, adventure, humor, irony, friendship, loyalty, and nonstop action.”
— School Library Journal
“The book is remarkable, often because the world building is sublime. A remarkable story that will land hard with the right kind of audience. I have never seen the like. Pulse pounding action from the first page. It’s not for everyone. It was never meant to be. But it is good and strong and fun and desperately exciting. You have been warned.” (Five stars)
— Betsy Bird, librarian