Saturday, March 5, 2011

meet Max Elliot Anderson

Max Elliot Anderson grew up as a reluctant reader. After surveying the market, he sensed the need for action-adventures and mysteries for readers 8 – 13, especially boys.

Using his extensive experience in the production of motion pictures, videos, and television commercials, Mr. Anderson brings the same visual excitement and heart-pounding action to his stories. Each book has completely different characters, setting, and plot.

Seven books are published, with an additional twenty-eight manuscripts completed. Young readers have reported that reading one of his books is like being in an exciting or scary movie.

You can find him online at
his website:,
Books for Boys Blog:,
and Shoutlife

Barney and the Runaway

Barney and the Runaway tells the story of Michael Ellis, who has recently told his parents to start calling him Mike from now on. He especially hated the way they were always telling him what to do. Mike decides to teach his parents a lesson by pretending to run away for a day with his dog Barney.

The plan of running away gets a bit more complicated than planned when Mike and Barney hide in a railroad boxcar, fall asleep, and end up in Georgia with a circus in the middle of the night. Luckily for the runaways, Big Bob the Clown takes Mike and Barney to safety in his wagon. Mike decides that living and performing with the circus might be a good idea until Big Bob opens Mike’s eyes to his unfortunate past.

Mike’s encounter with this grown up runaway, in the circus, helps him to understand that his parents truly love him. Then Mike and Barney save the circus. Through it all, Mike learns the importance of family.

You can purchase Barney and the Runaway from Amazon.

Max is giving away a copy of Barney and the Runaway. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


lgm52 said...

This book sounds great...would love to read it!

Joanne Sher said...

This book sounds PERFECT for my son. Please enter me!!

Anne Payne said...

So true that boys that age need good books to read. I'm happy to find another author who writes them! Thank you for the giveaway.


Marianne said...

Would love to win this book, Esther. Thanks for the interview, for finding Max and also for the chance to win. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

Mara said...

Sounds like a great adventure for a boy and his dog! I have a boy and I'm putting this on my to be read pile.

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Pam K. said...

This is definitely a need for good books for boys of this age group. Thank you to Max Anderson for writing books that appeal to boys but also are not filled with harmful content.
If I won this book, I would donate it to my public library since my son is a little older than the target age. He might like to read it first though.


windycindy said...

I like the lesson in this book about the importance of family.....
Thanks very much!

Meredith said...

This book sounds good. I love stories about the "boy and his dog".

meredithfl at gmail dot com

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