Max Kowalski Didn’t Mean It

Max Kowalski Didn’t Mean It by Susie Day is a wonderful story about stepping up to embrace responsibilities, striving to put taking care of family before all else, and meeting new friends along the way.

Max has a habit of getting into trouble, he didn’t mean it of course, but it still happens. Dad is not around as often as he would like, leaving Max to juggle the duties of helping to care for his three younger sisters.

Things are looking up when Dad starts storing mysterious boxes at their house in exchange for cash, but things quickly spiral when Dad disappears, and Max must step up and take charge. Faced with the very real fear of being discovered without adult supervision and the family split up, Max arranges for his sisters and him to hide out in a remote village in Wales.

What starts as an adventure soon turns into learning lifelong lessons about friendship, family and how far you’re willing to go to save those. With plenty of humour as well as heartache and even a legend of a golden dragon sleeping on the mountain, Max Kowalski Didn’t Mean It is a beautiful story that will make you both laugh and cry, but also leave you wanting to believe in a little bit of magic.

Max Kowalski Didn’t Mean It is available from book stores and online retailers for a recommended retail price of R150. It’s recommended for children aged nine to eleven years of age.

Thanks to Penguin Random House for sharing this book with us.

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