A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Physics, chemistry, history, and other information about science and nature. A lot of information about climate change.
Work hard and use your talents to make the world better, and be sure to take care of your own emotional health along the way.
Positive Role Models
The kids are good positive models for one another: They're loyal, caring, smart, and motivated to do good things.
The core group at CMI is made up of kids from many countries with very few references to cultural differences, and there's a global approach to solving climate change.
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Violence & Scariness
The kids are in constant danger, but nothing graphic and they tend to escape in fun ways.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Max Einstein World Champions is an engaging read whose brainy characters are fearless do-good warriors, even if the book lacks a little of the sizzle that's been core to this fun, smart series. Authors James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein put climate change front and center here, with the teens trying to find a way to solve this global problem the best way they know how: by using science. Characters from earlier books reappear here in ways that are sometimes just a little too tidy, leaving no loose ends, and the time-traveling ideas are a bit over the top, but it's a great adventure story and the characters ask important questions about humans' impact on the fate of the planet. The real-world use of science can spark the science bug in kids who wonder what the practical side of studying physics and chemistry. The kids are in constant danger, but there's nothing graphic, and they tend to escape in fun ways.
Is It Any Good?
There are plenty of action-packed chases, mysterious figures lurking in the shadows, fun and fantastic science, and earnest kids in this fast, fun read. It falls a little flat in places, the CMI work with the ships in Australia seems like a stretch, and a few of the plot points never really make sense. But authors James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein know how to write a page-turner, and Max Einstein World Champions is another hit. The way Max and her friends explain science make it accessible; physics is a lot more interesting when you're using it to save your life. The idea of time travel seems like a diversion, and it pulls away from reality in a way that seems out of place with the rest of a book rooted in real issues. But the teen activism is powerful, and the way the kids use their talents to work hard and solve complex problems is inspiring.
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