Maximus

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Maximus by Steve Heron

Sometimes you need a special friend to give you wings …

Midlle-Grade novel

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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 (10-12 year-olds) contemporary realistic fiction novel. 25,000 words.

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Weight .4 kg

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3 thoughts on “Maximus

  1. What I love about Maximus:
    It’s REAL – From the beach, to the bush, to the birds (especially the magpie), this is Western Australia! All the cultural references are spot on – from Mitch’s FIFO Dad, to his whinging little sister Megan, to his Noongar friend Ryan, and even the doofus football star and bully, Jason. This could be a story from my town!
    It’s UNREAL – This is a story about hope and possibility, about moving from antagonism to the creative space where problems can be solved. From one guerrilla Xn to another – Steve, it is inspiring to see the light overcome the darkness in a story that is set in the cultural time and place we both call home.

  2. Eleven-year-old Mitch feels a little out of place when his Fly In – Fly Out dad’s behaviour becomes erratic. Mitch makes friends with an ailing magpie, whom he names Maximus, and they heal each other.
    This inventive novel deals with themes of self-esteem, family love and first love with tenderness and skill. It draws on Steve Heron’s long experience as a worker with children. Steve, the founder of the BUZ programs (Build-Up Zone) for primary-aged children, has written before, but this is his first full-length novel for children.
    I enjoyed it.
    Be-friending a magpie is obviously drawn from experience. The book contains a brilliant description of an inter-school football match.
    Maximus means ‘the Greatest’ in Latin, and Steve shows the journey to greater self-esteem in a way that will appeal to middle and upper-primary readers.

  3. Who would ever be a teenager again? The incredible waves of emotions, confusing social situations, family discord; it’s all awkward and frankly exhausting. As Mitch, our main character, valiantly tries to navigate the pitfalls, it’s no wonder he seeks solace in the company of his backyard magpie mate, Maximus. Steve Heron faithfully recreates the experience of early adolescence in an identifiable Australian setting with a story rich in credible characters and events. Sometimes we read for entertainment and fun and sometimes to learn, or find wise counsel, in Maximus, you’ll find both.

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