This is a great book. I love this author’s books (The Bookshop Girl is fantastic) and this is typical of her style. The characters are great - funny and unusual - and the story is a really good mixture of adventure, detective and friendship. I also really liked the way Max had to overcome homesickness - I could see it helping children when they feel strange away from home. There is depth to this adventure story and I would love to meet the wonderful Marguerite again in a sequel!
Fiction can play a massive role in supporting readers through real life experiences and this book does exactly that. OCD can be a debilitating condition and this book describes Matthew’s struggles so well. The mystery element of the book is intriguing and weaves through Matthew’s problems really cleverly. I also loved the depth of character in his friends - this is a great book and I can’t imagine many 10 or 11 year olds not loving it.