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© 2019 by Elizabeth Rusch

AWARDS

~ Oregon Spirit Award winner ~

~ Oregon Book Award finalist ~

The Mystery of Marsh Creek

MUDDY MAX

Introducing— Muddy Max: The Mystery of Marsh Creek, the first of an action-packed middle grade graphic novel series from award-winning writer Elizabeth Rusch, filled with superheroes and slime, fantasy and family foibles, mud and mystery. Rusch’s quirky characters include Max, the first-ever slime-covered superhero, his annoying neat-freak parents, his tech-savvy sidekick, and his RC-driving, mountain-biking tomboy crush.  Will Muddy Max figure out who or what is lurking  behind the trees in the muddy marsh – and save a few lives in the process? Illustrator Mike Lawrence performs heroic feats himself, miraculously bringing the characters and action to life with only three colors in his palette (black, white and brown). This fun, quirky graphic novel, full of twists and slips, is perfect for kids who love mud and all the gross things that come with it, kids who love superhero stories, and kids who just love a good messy mystery. 

Illustrations by Mike Lawrence

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Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Year Published: August 5, 2014

ISBN-10: 1449435610
ISBN-13: 978-1449435615

REVIEWS

Matthew Holm, co-creator of BABYMOUSE and SQUISH

MUDDY MAX takes that eternal struggle between kids and parents―whether to play in or stay out of mud puddles--and turns it into an epic tale full of secrets and superpowers.”

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"What shines in this engaging graphic novel is the relationships...The mix of adventure, humor, likable characters, and strong family dynamics will resonate with kids. Readers will be happy to see the obvious setup for a sequel."
 

Melissa Megan, TALKINGCOMICBOOKS.COM

"Muddy Max is an emotional, daring, creepy tale that absolutely must be read by parents and kids everywhere..... Buy this book, now."
 

Bart King, author of THE BIG BOOK OF SUPERHEROES, THE BIG BOOK OF GROSS STUFF, THE BIG BOOK OF BOY STUFF and THE BIG BOOK OF GIRL STUFF

“What happens when genius-writer Elizabeth Rusch and super-artist Mike Lawrence get together? A book you won’t be able to put down—or wash off!”