Maximus by Steve Heron
Illustrations by Tash Macfarlane
Sometimes you need a special friend to give you wings …
Mitch says stuff sucks.
A week in the life of an eleven-year-old can be filled with so many adventures and misadventures. From a messy bedroom to a close footy match; an annoying little sister to incredible ANZAC projects; losing friends and losing face, Mitch deals with an explosion of feelings associated with bullying, fighting, suspension, his first crush, other friendship and life challenges all in the space of eight days.
Encounters with a surprising new feathered friend and the reliability of old ones help Mitch get his mojo back.
Mitch’s life had been turned upside down since his dad started working FIFO at the mines.
What happened at his dad’s work? Why was his dad so agro? What were his mum and dad fighting about? Would they split up?
Maximus is a heart-warming story. The different elements fit together like a tapestry as the themes of friendships and being yourself emerge powerfully.
The full story is a middle-grade (9-12 year-old) contemporary realistic fiction novel. 25,000 words.