Selfie Search (Max Booth Future Sleuth #2)

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Cameron Macintosh (text),  Dave Atze (illus.), Selfie Search (Max Booth Future Sleuth #2),  Big Sky Publishing,  1 Oct 2017,  123pp.,  $12.99 (pbk),  ISBN 9781925520880

Max and his robot dog, Oscar, live in a packing case in the Bluggsville City Museum, around the year 2400. When his friend, Jesse, finds a strange black object, it is Max’s job to identify it. It turns out to be a mobile phone from 2017, and the adventurers discover that it reveals the site of a lost statue of Nicole Squidman, for which there is a $7 million reward. How the three find the statue, nearly lose it and it is finally recovered makes up the story.

The fun lies in the details of life when travel is off the ground, everything is electronic, even animals, and contact between people has moved beyond mobile phones.

This is a short easy reading adventure for middle school readers, with a very useful dog and many predictions of future technology.

Reviewed by Stella Lees

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