Dutton Books for Young Readers Max in the House of Spies
Dutton Books for Young Readers Max in the House of Spies

Max in the House of Spies

By Adam Gidwitz


Publication Date: February 27, 2024

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Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7

A World War II story as only acclaimed storyteller Adam Gidwitz can tell it. Fast-paced, clever, and filled with heart, riveting historical fiction about a Kindertransport refugee from the Newbery Honor–winning author of The Inquisitor's Tale and A Tale Dark & Grimm.

There was once a boy who had two invisible, immortal creatures living on his shoulders. This was the fourth most interesting thing about him.

The first most interesting thing about Max—that was his name—was that he was a genius. He could make a working radio from the junk at the bottom of a trash can.

The second most interesting thing about Max was that, when he was eleven years old, his parents sent him away from Germany, where he was born and grew up, to England. All by himself. Even though he’d never been there, didn’t know anyone there, and barely spoke any English.

The third most interesting thing about this boy is . . . well, I can’t tell you yet. But it has something to do with spies.

Sent away to London, Max Bretzfeld discovers he’s been joined by two unexpected traveling companions—a dybbuk named Stein and a kobold named Berg—one on each shoulder. Max knows Berlin is becoming more and more dangerous for Jewish families, but he is determined to find a way back home, and back to his parents. He just didn’t expect to return as a British spy.

About the Author

Bestselling author Adam Gidwitz was a teacher for eight years. He told countless stories to his students, who then demanded he write his first book, A Tale Dark & Grimm. Adam has since written two companion novels, In a Glass Grimmly and The Grimm Conclusion. He is also the author of The Inquisitor’s Tale, which won the Newbery Honor, and The Unicorn Rescue Society series. Adam still tells creepy, funny fairy tales live to kids on his podcast Grimm, Grimmer, Grimmest. Adam lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.

Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

Format: Hardcover

Length: 336 pages

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: February 27, 2024

ISBN: 9780593112083

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