The Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Masters of Mischief Now Available + Reader Giveaway

As a former English teacher and now mom of five kids, I’m always on the lookout for new books for my kiddos! All of my kids who can read are avid readers, and while we make regular trips to the library, it’s fun to have our own books at home to keep, too.

That’s why I was excited when book #3 in Rachel Renée Russell’s The Misadventures of Max Crumbly series, Masters of Mischief, showed up in the mail!

This book is actually available in stores TODAY for you to own, as well. It’s recommended for ages 9 – 13, but my 8-year-old daughter also enjoyed it. The first two books, Locker Hero and Middle School Mayhem, are also available in stores.

Here’s a little more about this newest book in the series:

Max Crumbly is BACK! When we last left our courageous hero, Max Crumbly, and his trusty sidekick Erin, they had just finished foiling the plans of some bumbling thieves. But Max and Erin were trapped in a smelly, dangerous dumpster of doom and about to be discovered by the last people they wanted to find them.

Now in this latest installment of Max’s journals, Max and Erin face foes both new and old as their misadventures continue. Can the two friends avoid detection—and detention!—while keeping South Ridge Middle School safe from bullies and criminals?

About the Series

Be the hero you’ve always admired! There’s a new DORK in town!

Set in the world of the mega-hit series Dork Diaries, The Misadventures of Max Crumbly stars Max Crumbly, friend to Nikki Maxwell of Dork Diaries, who goes to a different school and manages to get into a whole lot of trouble. The series is written in diary format with illustrations and doodles of Max’s mishaps.

In the beginning of the series, Max starts at a new middle school and faces the school bully who has begun a habit of stuffing Max into his locker. Max wants nothing more than to be like his comic superhero idols and though his ability to smell pizza from a block away isn’t exactly a superpower, he’s still going to try to be the hero his school needs!

While fans of Dork Diaries will be familiar with the format and enjoy new stories from the same world, this series featuring a male protagonist will also appeal to boy readers. As in Dork Diaries, the characters make up a wide range of diversity. And also like Dork Diaries, The Misadventures of Max Crumbly series is about embracing who you are and having a ton of fun along the way!

Photo Credit: Suna Lee

About the Author

Rachel Renée Russell is an attorney who prefers writing tween books to legal briefs. (Mainly because books are a lot more fun and pajamas and bunny slippers aren’t allowed in court.) She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the blockbuster book series Dork Diaries and the exciting new series The Misadventures of Max Crumbly. There are more than 25 million copies of her books in print worldwide, and they have been translated into thirty-four languages. She enjoys working with her two daughters, Erin and Nikki, who help write and illustrate her books. Rachel lives in Chantilly, Virginia.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will receive a Max Crumbly prize pack which includes Masters of Mischief along with other Max Crumbly/Dork Diaries goodies. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59 pm ET on 6/24/19. Good luck!

The Misadventures of Max Crumbly Prize Pack Giveaway


  1. My little niece loves to read in the summer we have a a reward system in place

  2. Angela Saver says

    This prize pack would be for my little niece.a

  3. Shannon Baas says

    I take them to the library for the summer reading program.

  4. My tip to get my kids to read is to have books lying around the house that they are interested in. They just grab one and start reading. I would share these books with my kids, they seem to enjoy the diary type books.

  5. my cousin would be enjoying this!!

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