The bestselling author of the Septimus Heap series, Angie Sage, delivers a gripping and darkly humorous tale of Maximillian Fly—a human with cockroach features—whose quiet life is upended when he aids two human children in their escape from an oppressive governing power.
Perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket and Adam Gidwitz.
Maximillian Fly wants no trouble. Yet because he stands at six feet two, with beautiful indigo wings, long antennae, and more arms than you or me, many are frightened of him.
He is a gentle creature who looks like a giant cockroach. This extraordinary human wants to prove his goodness, so he opens his door to two SilverSeed children in search of a place to hide.
Instantly, Maximillian’s quiet, solitary life changes. There are dangerous powers after them and they have eyes everywhere. But in this gray city of Hope trapped under the Orb, is escape even possible?
Maximillian Fly is a masterful story brimming with suspense, plot twists, and phenomenal world building. This compelling novel delves into family dynamics and themes of prejudice, making the case for tolerance, empathy, and understanding.
* Junior Library Guild Selection * Kids' Indie Next List *
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
ANGIE SAGE was born in London and grew up in the Thames Valley, London, and Kent. She loves the sea, spooky old houses, and time traveling (the easy way, by reading history books). Angie has created many books for children, including the New York Times bestselling series Septimus Heap and Araminta Spookie. She lives in England. Visit her online at www.angiesage.com and on Twitter @AngieSageAuthor.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Maximillian is a very large Roach, very large as in huge. His parents were human, and he was born human, but during his infancy he cocooned and became a Roach. He lives in Hope, a city encased in a huge orb that protects it from the Contagion infecting the rest of the world. The city is run by the cruel Guardian and the merciless Enforcers who follow her. One night Maximillian dares to help two young children who are being pursued by a squad of Enforcers. An action adventure story that middle graders will absolutely love. Maximillian Fly is an adorable character, who struggles with prejudice against his kind and has a hard time believing in himself. He grew up with only his cold, demeaning mother, but is slowly coming into his own. The story is told from multiple points of view and every now and then the characters talk directly to the reader. The author has done a superb job of world building. She paints such a gloomy, grim picture of Hope and its downtrodden citizenry. It really enhances the story. Any young reader who enjoys a great story with lots of action, lovable heroes and fantastical elements will be captivated by this book.