Max Finder Mystery
7 Books

Liam O'Donnell

2006-2013

A long series of comic book mysteries

Max Finder Mystery

With 7 volumes created, each containing multiple stories, the Max Finder Mystery series follows Max Finder and his best friend, budding journalist Alison Santos, both seventh graders at Whispering Meadows Junior High.

Visually, the series is a modern comic book, fully colored, with clues and codes to decipher throughout, and each chapter ending with a question to the reader to solve the crimes. From forgery's, to robberies, to graffiti'd walls, there's a lot of puzzles for readers.

Books in this series
1
Max Finder Mystery Collected Casebook Volume 1
Liam O'Donnell
Michael Cho (Illustrator)
2006

Max Finder is a self-described fact collector the more obscure, the better. Theres nothing the brainy 12-year-old likes better than to apply his talent for trivia to solving mysteries. But even with his growing reputation as a junior Sam Spade, Max still relies on his best friend and partner in crime, the spunky Alison Santos, to help crack each of his cases.

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3.95
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★★★★★
94 pages
ISBN 9782895791164
2
Max Finder Mystery Collected Casebook Volume 2
Liam O'Donnell
Michael Cho (Illustrator)
2007

In their first book, Max Finder and Alison Santos invited readers to don their deerstalkers and join them in their crime-solving adventures. This all-new collection serves up ten more mystifying whodunits requiring the readers powers of deduction. In The Case of the Trail Trap, The Case of the Angry Anchorman, The Case of the Gander River Grudge and seven other baffling mysteries.

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4.33
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★★★★★
94 pages
ISBN 9782895791218
3
Max Finder Mystery Collected Casebook Volume 3
Liam O'Donnell
Michael Cho (Illustrator)
2009

OWL Magazine's popular seventh-grade gumshoes Max Finder and Alison Santos are back on the case! In this new collection of puzzles, the two young detectives tackle ten baffling whodunits, including "The Case of the Back-to-School Sneak," "The Case of the Slime Tank Sabotage," and "The Case of the Movie Set Mischief." Each case is crammed with clues, stuffed with suspects, and riddled with enough red herrings to keep readers guessing till the last panel, and each deals with an issue preteens can relate to. With its full-color comic illustrations, witty dialogue, and action-packed content, the collection keeps even reluctant readers engaged and laughing for hours. Bonus features include codes to crack, a detective quiz, and a Writer’s Notebook with tips on how readers can create their own comics. From getting an idea to setting the scene, from creating characters to building the plot, author Liam O’Donnell provides helpful pointers for any aspiring comic author.

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4.24
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★★★★★
96 pages
ISBN 9782895791492
4
Max Finder Mystery Collected Casebook Volume 4
Liam O'Donnell
Ramón Pérez (Illustrator)
2010

Hot on the heels of its back-by-popular-demand return to the pages of OWL Magazine, the Max Finder Mystery comic finds its way back to the world of books. The fourth title in this unique graphic novel series features ten new solve-it-yourself mysteries starring amateur detective Max Finder, aspiring journalist and sidekick Alison Santos, and science geek/forensics expert Zoe Palgrave. Plus, three never-before-published stories are included — each one told from the perspective of one of the lead characters. Max Finder Mystery Collected Casebook Volume 4's combination of intriguing and relevant storylines, compelling illustrations, snappy dialogue, and bonus content will keep pre-teens engaged with hours of whodunit fun.

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4.09
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96 pages
ISBN 9781897349809
5
Max Finder Mystery Collected Casebook Volume 5
Craig Battle
Ramón Pérez (Illustrator)
2011

The fifth volume in this award-winning graphic novel series features ten new mystery comics by OWL Magazine editor Craig Battle, plus two never-before-published short mystery stories by series creator Liam O’Donnell. As always, storylines are intriguing and relevant, illustrations are detailed and compelling, and dialogue is snappy.

Each solve-it-yourself comic stars amateur detective Max Finder and his best friend, budding journalist Alison Santos. Seventh graders at Whispering Meadows Junior High, these two intrepid investigators must call upon their skills to crack each case before them. Who defaced the town with graffiti? Who sabotaged the school magic show try-outs? And who stole the exam answer key from Mr. Reed’s desk? Readers can decipher the clues for themselves and make their own judgments — before the true culprit is revealed.

Bonus content unique to this volume includes a yearbook-style introduction to Max and Alison’s classmates: bully Ben “Basher” McGintley, gossip queen Leslie Chang, prankster Kyle Kressman, and a host of others. Plus, tips and tricks from Max and Alison for readers looking to develop their own eagle eyes and other sleuthing skills!

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4.08
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★★★★★
96 pages
ISBN 9781926818115
6
Max Finder Mystery Collected Casebook Volume 6
Craig Battle
Ramón Pérez (Illustrator)
2012

Ten new mystery comics and two unpublished short stories star Max Finder and aspiring journalist Alison Santos, in Grade 7 at Central Meadows Junior High. The best friends call upon reason, memory, critical thinking, and observation skills to crack each case. Who stole bikes from the skate park? Who uprooted the Green Thumb Club school garden? Who and why was house of new girl covered in toilet paper? Can reader decipher clues before culprit is revealed? Plus "usual suspects" style intro to recurring characters and guide plan a mystery detective party at home or school.

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4.17
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96 pages
ISBN 9781926973227
7
Max Finder Mystery Collected Casebook Volume 7
Craig Battle
Ramón Pérez (Illustrator)
2013

The seventh volume in this award-winning graphic novel series features ten mystery comics and two never-before-published short stories by former OWL magazine editor, Craig Battle.

Each solve-it-yourself story stars amateur detective Max Finder and his best friend, aspiring journalist Alison Santos. Seventh graders at Central Meadows Junior High, these two intrepid investigators must call upon their reason, memory, critical thinking, and observation skills to crack each case before them. Who stole the school mascot? Why did someone trash Ursula's guitar amp? And who sabotaged the girls’ relay team? Readers can decipher the clues for themselves and draw their own conclusions — before the true culprit is revealed.

Bonus content unique to this volume includes a social media style introduction to all the recurring characters as well as kid-friendly forensics techniques outlined by Max and Alison’s forensics expert sidekick, Zoe Palgrave.

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4.25
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96 pages
ISBN 9781926973678