Max's Royal Adventure
Five years have gone by in history since the children and Max travelled back in time to 17th century Essex to face the dreaded Matthew Hopkins, otherwise known as the Witchfinder General.
It is now 1651, and England has lost its king. The country is being ruled by his executioners - the Parliamentarians - under the leadership of Oliver Cromwell.
In Max's sixth solo adventure, he has a crucial role to play in one of the most important episodes in English history. Is this expecting too much from our poor time-travelling Tonkinese cat? The answer is no, for the Guardians of Time have handpicked Max for the job and they have every faith that he will succeed in this special mission.
The rightful King of England is on the run. With a price on his head and in fear for his life, Charles Stuart is desperate to escape his pursuers, the Parliamentarians who executed his father. A rich reward has been offered for his capture and everyone is on the lookout for the young man. Nowhere is safe. How will he ever manage to flee the country without help?
Never fear, the Guardians of Time have a Special Agent lined up for the job … but he just so happens to be a cat!
"Wendy Leighton-Porter loves history and she loves to share her passion for the past with young readers. Her recent Middle-Grade novel, Max’s Royal Adventure: Shadows from the Past, Book 16, takes young readers on another time-traveling jaunt with the feline hero, Max. The adventure is enough in itself, as the plot thickens with page-turning intensity and the characters are so realistic you feel as if you are part of their lives and the setting is so aptly described that you can feel the cold rain and the acorns falling down on your head. But there is so much more to this story and the other books in the series. Young readers are being introduced to history through the eyes of a very adventurous, time-traveling cat. I loved this story from start to finish: education and adventure go hand in hand with these books."
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"Again, through the exploits of the endearing Tonkinese cat, Max, Wendy Leighton-Porter has brought to life a significant historical event in a tale that should appeal to all ages. The essence of the gripping story of Charles Stuart's evasion of capture by Cromwell's Parliamentary forces is all here. Entertaining embellishments added by (and including) Max, such as being pelted with acorns by a talking squirrel, will help to hold the younger reader's attention. The writer also makes clever use of the cat's own curiously unfeline personality (he hates climbing trees) to recreate real characters from the past: the future King Charles II, Captain Careless, the Penderel brothers and others. In conjunction with the author's 'Shadows' series, the Max books are, I believe, quite unique in being both enjoyable and educational where history is concerned."
OLIVER EADE, author