A new classic is born in this charming gem of a Middle School short novel and FIVE STAR introduction to Ann Kimbrough's fantastic Max Mooney series. Join a young sculptor's apprentice on an entertaining, never-a-dull moment romp through history, with laugh-out-loud moments from his musings to many misfortunes.
After a little horseplay, Max Mooney has broken the plaster cast of Abraham Lincoln's right hand. His attempts to fix it fail - maybe the plaster wasn't mixed right - so not his fault. But the only way he's going to keep his position and avoid total disgrace is to secretly recast the hand and replace it without Master Sculptor Volk finding out. And all he has to do is travel 200 miles, meet a Presidential Candidate and recast his right hand - without a penny in his pocket. A boy of action - Max doesn't seem to know the word "can't" or "impossible" and focuses on how to solve his problem, even though it means telling a lie to Volk to cover his absence.
History comes to life as Max's determination takes him on the adventure of his young life, meeting all sorts of interesting characters, some recognizable, others hysterical, all relatable and entertaining. The only disappointment - the second Max Mooney adventure hasn't been published yet!
Enormous PROPS to Ann Kimbrough - for a story that will engage and inspire kids to learn about American history.
ps Are you reading, movie execs!?