Road Trip with Max and His Mom

illus. by Katie Kath. 160p. HMH. Apr. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780544809123.
Gr 2–4—Max is back in the second offering in this charming series. After a weekend with his dad (Weekends with Max and His Dad), Max brings his energetic spirit and loving concern for his divorced parents to an adventure with his mom. Divorce is not the main plot of this story; it's simply part of Max's family structure. Max's mom wants to take him on a road trip to a family reunion for the 100th birthday party of his Great-Great-Aunt Victory. And, best of all, it's at an amusement park! Max handles family concerns, like leaving his dad alone on one of their customary weekends, and regular old life concerns, like dealing with a school presentation and facing a gigantic roller coaster, in stride and with a good sense of humor. Max faces his fears, processes his feelings, and enjoys himself greatly. Perfectly pitched for independent readers, Urban's latest stars a boy who isn't perfect but is still a strong model for young people.
VERDICT Highly recommended for chapter book collections; hand this series to readers seeking a realistic family story with lots of laughs.

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