Published by Big Sky Publishing, illustrated by Dave Atze and distributed by Simon & Schuster Australia, the Max Booth Future Sleuth books follow the adventures of 25th-century detective, Max, and his slightly neurotic robo-dog, Oscar, as they investigate objects from the ancient past – the long-lost 20th and 21st centuries.
Life as a 25th-century street kid isn't easy, but Max and Oscar make a humble living by identifying long-forgotten items like mobile phones and cassette tapes. They love their work, but trouble is never far away... there's always a sinister somebody, keen to take credit for their discoveries.
The first five books in the series – Tape Escape, Selfie Search, Stamp Safari, Film Flip and Chip Blip – are available in all good bookshops, and through Booktopia and www.bigskypublishing.com.au. The sixth title in the series, Map Trap, is scheduled for release in June 2021.
The Max Booth Future Sleuth series is published in the USA by West 44 Books, a division of Enslow Publishing.
“A fun and futuristic junior fiction series kids will love.” – Just Write for Kids
"Max’s world feels real from the very first page. Readers 8-10 will enjoy the blistering pace, the humour and also the clever, futuristic contraptions that are integrated into the action." – Buzz Words
Book trailer for Max's fifth adventure, Chip Blip (2020),
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A range of Max Booth-related video content, including book trailers and writing tips, can be found on the Max Booth TV YouTube channel.
When Max and Oscar find a 400-year-old navigation unit, they're shocked to discover that it still seems to work.
They trace its owner's last journey and find themselves on the road to very big trouble!
Far from home, Max and Oscar cross paths with a bunch of bungling burglars, trying to zip away with a precious piece of old-tech art. Max and Oscar will need to map out a rapid plan to catch the thieves and navigate themselves out of danger!
Max and Oscar are baffled by the discovery of a tiny device that looks like a grain of rice. They soon figure out what it is - an ID chip that should have been implanted into a very special dog ... 400 years ago!
The chip leads Max and Oscar to another long-lost treasure ... but they aren't the only folks in the hunt for it. If Max and Oscar aren't careful, they could be hounded off the treasure trail for good!
You can buy it here. Teaching notes are available for free download here.
Max and Oscar can't believe their luck when they find a 400-year-old roll of film.
They soon discover it contains a long-lost happy snap, and know that they've found something super-special.
Unfortunately, they're not the only ones who realise how rare, and valuable, this photo could be. Max and Oscar are going to need all of their wiliest wits to keep it out of the wrong hands!
A tiny piece of paper from the year 2019 might not sound very interesting to most people. But Max and Oscar – Bluggsville’s sharpest sleuths – aren’t most people!
Max has a hunch that this ancient patch of paper might be valuable, and extremely rare. He's right – this isn’t just any old piece of paper. It’s a strange, sticky thing called a postage stamp, and it’s more than 400 years old! It’s an exciting discovery, but before long, it leads Max and Oscar into some very sticky situations…
Max has been handed an ancient mobile phone. It’s from the year 2017, which makes it more than 400 years old! What’s more, it’s full of photos – all of the same person.
Max and Oscar learn that the photos hold a secret that could lead them to fame and fortune. But the secret gets out, and Max and Oscar face the fight of their lives to keep their discovery safe from some very greedy hands ...
Max and Oscar have been asked to identify an object that’s baffling everyone – a 1980s cassette tape. But there's more to this tape than meets the eye – or the ears!
When devious Dr Grizzlowe tries to take credit for the tape's rock-tastic recordings, Max and Oscar know they're going to have to use all their future sleuthy skills to put things right.