Book Review: Mika and Max by Laura Bloom

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Published on the 1st of August, 2019 by Walker Books Australia.

RRP: $16.99

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction

Page Count: 166

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Walker Books Australia:

A story about a girl who meets a boy who changes everything.

When 13-year-old Mika is forced to attend a music festival with her family, she resigns herself to hippies, heat, and embarrassment. But nothing could prepare her for Max, who’s almost 10 and has autism. When the two of them join forces, a series of unexpected and life changing events unfolds.

My Review:

I recieved a copy of this book from Walker Books Australia in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

Short, sharp and wholly powerful. “Mika and Max” tells the story of teenage girl, Mika, feeling lonely during a time that her parents thought they’d all be celebrating, enjoying the sights and sounds of a music festival. In fact, Mika feels isolated from her friends at school, often feeling left out from hearing on social media that they were having a blast of a time without her. It’s never fun feeling left out or that one is being excluded from anything, so I instantly felt really hurt on Mika’s behalf and I was excited for her to get to know Max, the young son of family friends. Max has Autism and doesn’t speak at all, I felt like this was really captured very powerfully!

I really enjoyed his scenes with Mika too, his little gestures that I personally think told her that everything would be okay and that Max enjoyed her friendship, even though he couldn’t perhaps tell her that in the clearest way! In the short time that the two titular characters got to know one another as well, I felt like both grew close to one another too, with Max helping Mika learn a few things about herself as well, which was really satisfying to read about!!

I definitely recommend this book, it’s so powerful and just such a quick read (I wish it were longer!) and it’ll definitely leave its mark on the reader! Friendship can be found in the most unexpected situations and I’d like to think Mika and Max’s newfound friendship is something that has altered both of them for the better and that it’s a friendship that’ll last a lifetime!

Happy Reading,


About the author (from Walker Books Australia):

Laura Bloom is the author of a number of novels for children and adults, including Augustine’s Lunch, which was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Awards and shortlisted for the Young Australian Readers’ Awards, and In the Mood, which was shortlisted for the ABC Fiction Awards, and was a bestseller in France. Her horse-series for children, Dream Riders, is also being published by Walker Books Australia.

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