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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 six books in the series – Tape Escape, Selfie Search, Stamp SafariFilm Flip, Chip Blip and Map Trap – are available in all good bookshops, and through Booktopia and The seventh title in the series is scheduled for release in 2022. 

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),

with thanks to Books On Tour PR & Marketing.

A range of Max Booth-related video content, including book trailers and writing tips, can be found on the Max Booth TV YouTube channel.


ISBN 978-1-9222-6590-6

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!

You can buy it here. Teaching notes are available for free download here.



ISBN 978-1-9222-6510-4

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.



ISBN 978-1-9222-6568-5

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!

You can buy it here. Teaching notes are available for free download here.


ISBN 978-1-9256-7536-8

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…

You can buy it here. Teaching notes are available for free download here.



ISBN 978-1-9255-2088-0

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 ...

You can buy it here. Teaching notes are available for free download here.



ISBN 978-1-9255-2060-6

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.

You can buy it here. Teaching notes are available for free download here.


Praise for the Max Booth Future Sleuth series

The Max Booth series is a light, sci-fi adventure set in the future that focuses on uncovering the secrets of mysterious gadgets from the past.

... The future world building is inventive and entertaining. I loved the idea of suburbs in the sky and the idea of a faithful robo-dog pal! It was also interesting to ponder what technology might become completely obsolete in 400 years and what things will remain.

... Max Booth Future Sleuth – Chip Blip  is an entertaining, easy to read, fast paced story, making it a good pick for readers aged 7-9 who have enjoyed Squishy Taylor or Danny Best. It should appeal to kids who like science, adventure and mystery — and dream of a robo-pal of their own. 

Renee Mihulka, CBCA Reading Time

The Max Booth Future Sleuth series is one of those that hooks you from the first title you pick up. The beauty of these is their suitability to any age from seven years old, and their continuity between titles without compromising a great read if you only start now. Max Booth; Chip Blip delights and surprises with characters of great sleuthing skill that you’ll love, and those you’ll love to hate. We can’t wait to entrap ourselves with the sixth, and final, book with more ingenuity, teamwork and humour it’s sure to possess! Highly recommended.

Romi Sharp

This delightful and fast-paced book combines history (in Max’s world), science fiction and a fun and thoughtful mystery to create an intriguing and exciting story that will appeal to junior readers venturing out to their next level of independent reading, allowing them to imagine, learn and build on their vocabulary.

Ashleigh Meikle

The latest title in the Max Booth Future Sleuth series, Chip Blip, takes readers on a crazy, surprise-filled adventure. Max Booth and his robot dog Oscar are engaging characters and even reluctant readers will want to travel with them. On another level, the book could easily generate discussion about time, history and social inequity. It also contains the word 'zingerboo' and that's probably all that needs to be said about how fun it is!

Carolyn Court, Librarian and Journalist

Kids will love the latest release in the Max Booth Future Sleuth series. Max is back – this time investigating a 400-year-old dog ID chip that leads our hero on a rollicking and frequently hilarious adventure. Chip Blip is a past-faced read that gently encourages kids to think about the changing role of technology, and about how these changes might impact on future generations. Highly recommended for kids in the middle-primary years.

Cristian Bonetto, Journalist, Author

An adventure tale of intergalactic proportions! Max Booth Future Sleuth, Chip Blip, cleverly explores what can happen when microchips are no longer needed. With adventure and a little bit of mayhem, Cameron Macintosh has created a delightful story for children, which captures imagination and intrigue. This book is engaging, easy to read and lots of fun, a real page-turner for children.

Penny Macoun, Author/Editor

It was a good book to read, my favourite bit was when he dressed his dog up to look like a real dog and it backfired and they took him to a zoo. I stayed up past my bed time and read this book with a torch to finish it.

Florence, 8 years

I liked the futuristic vibe, I wish I could live in 2424 – send me a one-way to the Skyburbs!

Gulliver, 10 years

Where does he get all his ideas from? I want to go there.

Beatrix, 10 years

Macintosh’s playful humour and expressive tone keep readers ‘in the loop’ and mesmerised the whole way through. At the same time, Atze’s black and white illustrations capture a non-stop, laugh-out-loud visual showreel of action and comedy.

Just Kids’ Lit

This is a fun and fast-moving series packed with action. Max and Oscar are cool and street smart, and they use inventive futuristic gadgets to navigate the crowded streets (and skies) of this awesome future world. 

… a fun and futuristic junior fiction series kids will love.

Kids’ Book Review

Max Booth is such a fun read! I think the premise of having a kid in the future investigating "ancient" technology is so clever - it is perfect for kids and parents to read together, since the technologies … are things that today's parents used but our kids won't necessarily recognise. This gives it a great balance of nostalgia for grown up readers, and adventure and discovery for everyone else.

Bookish Bron

This is a fun and exciting book for young readers of adventure stories. The story is fast, quirky and although written for children, adults who read it would find the story nostalgic. The book is full of cool black and white illustrations by Dave Atze that help the reader imagine the characters.

Buzz Words

A fun and futuristic series kids will love.

Just Write For Kids

A perfect read for junior to middle primary readers.

Lamont Book Review

Set in the future (2424 to be precise), the book introduces readers to sci-fi in a light way and is perfectly suited for both those interested in future-driven, tech stories and those who have never come across it before. I can’t say that I’ve ever seen many chapter books set in the future, and as such I think this series offers something fresh and fun.

Kellie Byrnes

The futuristic lingo is both quirky and fun, and the story is packed with action that will have readers zooming through history and the 130 pages in record time.

Julieann Wallace

I enjoyed this book, and kids will too. There is a fantastic mix of history and adventure that will have readers cheering for Max and Oscar as they overcome numerous obstacles and land in a pile of rotten tomatoes!

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