Max Kowalski Didn't Mean It

Max Kowalski Didn't Mean It

Children's, New & Recommended, Age 9-12
Paperback Published on: 05/09/2019
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Max Kowalski Didn't Mean It
Exciting and Thought Provoking
This book is incredibly important for children to read. It deals with the issues of toxic masculinity and having to grow up too fast, and shows the importa... READ MORE
Sian Goater
Max Kowalski Didn't Mean It
...and always wait for the weather...
Not many big brothers would hold a funeral for a desiccated bifurcated dead worm for a younger sister.  This is, however, one of the first things that the ... READ MORE
Sue Chambers
Max Kowalski Didn't Mean It
Mountains and masculinity
Max Kowalski is often getting himself into trouble, but it’s not his fault. He is really just a kid who wants to do his best but often ends up in the wrong... READ MORE


'A beautifully written emotional story to make you laugh and cry' - Jacqueline Wilson The problem with Wales, he thought, was that it was too far away. But that was the point. To leave Southend behind. To get so far that no one would think to look for them there. Max wants to be just like his dad - fun, loud and strong. Instead, he always seems to be accidentally getting into fights and breaking things. But when his dad starts bringing home mysterious boxes, even more mysterious wads of cash starts turning up. Then Dad disappears. And it's up to Max to look after his sisters until he comes home. When they run away to a remote village in Wales, he's convinced that no one will find them. He's Max Kowalski. Of course he can look after three kids with no grownups around! Although, he can't stop thinking about where Dad really went. And the whispers of a golden dragon, asleep under the Welsh mountains... A funny and exquisitely written story, perfect for fans of Jacqueline Wilson and Ross Welford.

  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
  • ISBN: 9780241351390
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Weight: 205g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm

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Max Kowalski Didn't Mean It
A wonderfully Welsh story of bravery and hope
⁠Max Kowalski’s dad has disappeared, leaving him to look after his three younger sisters. Left with a roll of £20 notes and the occasional hushed voicemail... READ MORE
Lizzie | @littlehux