#CBCA Review: Tape Sleuth

What is this about?: The year is 2423 and Max Booth is the Indiana Jones (of sorts) of finding out what the crazy stuff the museum find actually is. As per the title of this book, this time it’s a tape.

What else is this about?: Appreciating the older things in life, and how things are changing. Even if technology is speeding ahead, there are still people who appreciate things like a tape of singer David Snowie in this case.

Blurb: Max, and Oscar have been asked to identify an object that’s baffling everyone – a 1980s cassette tape. But there’s more to this tape than meets the eye. The tape contains long lost songs from a popular ”mega-star” David Snowie, and now there’s a strange musicological expert who clearly wants to stop them in their tracks

Max Booth and his dog Oscar are ‘shadie’ urchins, having escaped the Skyburb 7 Home for Unclaimed Urchins, the year before (that’s 2423). Tape Escape may be the first in the series, but Cameron Macintosh wastes no time in getting readers right into the middle of Max’s sleuthing, while weaving some details of his past into the narrative. It did make me feel like I was missing out on some information, which left me wondering the questions younger readers might have about this book and Max.

But on to the story – Max and his robot dog Oscar are living in the packing room of a museum, where they often help the supervisor, Jessie, find out more information about the crazy old stuff that the museum has – in this case, a cassette tape which, to be fair, already qualifies as “old” for us right now, and actually grounds the book in a way. Readers should recognise the item.

Read the rest of my review here.


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