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***Dear Max

by D. J. Lucas

a.k.a. Sally Grindley

Reviewed December 17, 2006.
Margaret K. McElderry Books, New York, 2006.  140 pages.

Dear Max presents a fictional correspondence between 9-year-old Max and a famous children’s author, D. J. Lucas.  During the year of their letter-writing, Max has to deal with bullies, have an operation, and loses and gains a best friend.  D. J. Lucas talks with him about a story she’s going to write, and he shares his own ideas with her.  Along the way, Max learns to stick up for himself and his friend.

This is a nice story, and very readable.  It’s a friendly and warm book, with fun illustrations by Tony Ross.  I can see it inspiring a kid to write to an author himself.

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