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Max Finder Mystery Collected Casebook Volume 4

by (author) Craig Battle

illustrated by Ramón Pérez

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Mar 2016
General, Mysteries & Detective Stories
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2016
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2010
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 6


The fourth volume in this award-winning graphic novel series contains ten mystery comics by OWL Magazine editor Craig Battle, plus three never-before-published short mystery stories by series creator Liam O’Donnell. As always, storylines are intriguing, age-appropriate, and relevant; illustrations are detailed and compelling; and dialogue is snappy. Each solve-it-yourself comic stars amateur detective Max Finder and his best friend, budding journalist Alison Santos. Seventh graders at Central Meadows Junior High, these two intrepid investigators must call upon their skills to crack each case before them. Cases in this volume include "The Case of the Disappearing Painting," "The Case of the Mall Mayhem," and "The Case of the Rotton Rumor." Clues appear in words and images, so readers must develop their eye for detail in order to solve the mysteries. Solutions appear at the end of each comic, explaining whodunit and why, and the clues that cracked the case. Bonus content unique to this volume includes illustrated character profiles and a roundtable with the creative team behind the comics. Crammed with clues and stuffed with enough suspects and red herrings to keep readers guessing until the very last panel, Max Finder Mystery Volume 4 promises to engage pre-teens with hours of whodunit fun.

About the authors

CRAIG BATTLE likes to think he's as funny as Pat from the Camp Average series, but he's probably more funny like Winston's short shorts. The author of seven books for middle-grade readers, Craig has worked as a journalist, coach, and camp counselor. Now an editor of stories big and small at, he lives in Toronto with his wife and son.


Craig Battle's profile page

Ramón Pérez is a Canadian freelance cartoonist and writer working predominantly in comic books, children’s books, and magazines as a graphic storyteller. Recent career highlights include Captain America and the First Thirteen, Deadpool Team-Up #883, and the Eisner award-winning graphic novel Tale of Sand, which Ramón directly adapted from the original screenplay by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl for Archaia Publishing. Ramón lives in Toronto.

Ramón Pérez's profile page


  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Best Books for Kids and Teens Selection

Editorial Reviews

A lot of fun, and the addition of visual clues to the familiar minute-mystery format enhances the enjoyment.

School Library Journal

…short but interesting mysteries…Clues are laid out for the sharp eye and clever reader in everything from dialogue to art details in the background, which the clean, inviting art by Perez makes a pleasure to search for.

Publishers Weekly

The dual appeal of the format and the genre will appeal to less motivated readers in the age range and beyond.

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Max Finder Mystery Collected Casebook: Volume 4

Max Finder and his best friend, Alison Santos, are at it again! In this fourth volume of Max Finder mysteries, readers are given the clues for ten solve-it-yourself graphic mysteries, three whodunit short stories and a bonus section of character profiles. So it’s time for all young detectives to read the mysteries, watch for clues and crack the case. Solutions are found at the end of each comic.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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