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Max didn't expect knight school to be so tough. Luckily, she has her best friends--the Midknights--at her side. But when Byjovia is under attack, the Midknights will have to face beastly creatures, powerful spells, and their greatest foe yet--themselves? Max didn't expect knight school to be so tough. Luckily, she has her best friends--the Midknights--at her side. But when Byjovia is under attack, the Midknights will have to face beastly creatures, powerful spells, and their greatest foe yet--themselves?


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Max didn't expect knight school to be so tough. Luckily, she has her best friends--the Midknights--at her side. But when Byjovia is under attack, the Midknights will have to face beastly creatures, powerful spells, and their greatest foe yet--themselves? Max didn't expect knight school to be so tough. Luckily, she has her best friends--the Midknights--at her side. But when Byjovia is under attack, the Midknights will have to face beastly creatures, powerful spells, and their greatest foe yet--themselves?

30 review for Max and the Midknights: Battle of the Bodkins

  1. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    Well I guess this reads better for the target audience, but the best books are suitable for anyone to read. And from an adult's point of view, this sophomore adventure concerning our heroine Max and her friends at Knight School really felt woolly, and over-stuffed with detail to pad things out. And while I can wholly manage to get on board with the creator's humour with Big Nate, that used here just fell flat – especially the dunce that is the uncle/bard character. An intriguing premise, with th Well I guess this reads better for the target audience, but the best books are suitable for anyone to read. And from an adult's point of view, this sophomore adventure concerning our heroine Max and her friends at Knight School really felt woolly, and over-stuffed with detail to pad things out. And while I can wholly manage to get on board with the creator's humour with Big Nate, that used here just fell flat – especially the dunce that is the uncle/bard character. An intriguing premise, with the whole kingdom subject to sort of changeling-styled invasion, actually proved (most surprisingly) boring. One and a half stars from me, only rounded up not the usual down as young 'uns will like it more.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Netgalley If you have not read the first book, Max and the Midknights, this review may have some spoilers for the series. You have been warned. Complete review here: https://msyinglingreads.blogspot.com/... E ARC provided by Netgalley If you have not read the first book, Max and the Midknights, this review may have some spoilers for the series. You have been warned. Complete review here: https://msyinglingreads.blogspot.com/...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    “At KSB--Knight School of Byjovia--the most important lesson isn’t sword fighting or archery. It’s keeping your eyes open…” and sticking together, “unless it’s somewhere with snakes. Or spiders. Or gluten-free pasta.” Each diverse personality lends “a certain symmetry to our group...each of us is unusually passionate about something.” For Kevyn it’s literature, for Millie it’s magic, for Simon it’s horses, and for Max it’s being a knight. They’re “just five kids and a dwarf trying to do the righ “At KSB--Knight School of Byjovia--the most important lesson isn’t sword fighting or archery. It’s keeping your eyes open…” and sticking together, “unless it’s somewhere with snakes. Or spiders. Or gluten-free pasta.” Each diverse personality lends “a certain symmetry to our group...each of us is unusually passionate about something.” For Kevyn it’s literature, for Millie it’s magic, for Simon it’s horses, and for Max it’s being a knight. They’re “just five kids and a dwarf trying to do the right thing--like KNIGHTS.” But what will happen when the Knights meet the Bodkins? “What’s a bodkin? A copy...A twin.” But not identical. “There’s always something a tiny bit odd about them...They live in a secret land--a shadow world that cannot be found on any map.” “The product of a magical bond between Byjovia and Knot,” Bodkins are body kins of all of a person’s demons bonded together in their imposter image. “Each of us has a bodkin...and they all look exactly like us.” After finishing a study on Romans, I couldn’t help but be struck by the spiritual significance. We are alive in the Spirit but the Bodkins represent our battle with the flesh that plagues us. Throughout their quest for the prevailing belief that “If you are to one day be king, you must become a better man,” the knights learn that “Sometimes trying and losing are the same thing. And this might be one of those times...Real knights don’t retreat--even with a pack of angry formlings closing in on them...I’d much rather believe the best about a person than suspect the worst.” The same truth applies to literature: “A book can be evil...if it’s a diet book.” If you love “high-spirited medieval adventure supported by hundreds of dynamic illustrations employing the language of comics” (or know someone who does), Max and the Midknights is the series for you. Grab your scepter (credit card) and pick up a copy at your nearest independent bookstore. Because who doesn’t love a story that ends “with our heroes walking off into the sunset”?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Max is training to be a knight and she has a substitute teacher which is not a good thing. One of her friends casts a spell to make books duplicate and one goes really wrong and starts to duplicate the student with an evil twin. As the evil spreads and all of the townspeople are replaced with the evil Bodkins and the kids must figure out who is who.  This was a quick page-turner and laugh out loud funny and a quick and easy read for reluctant readers since it combines paragraphs along with cute Max is training to be a knight and she has a substitute teacher which is not a good thing. One of her friends casts a spell to make books duplicate and one goes really wrong and starts to duplicate the student with an evil twin. As the evil spreads and all of the townspeople are replaced with the evil Bodkins and the kids must figure out who is who.  This was a quick page-turner and laugh out loud funny and a quick and easy read for reluctant readers since it combines paragraphs along with cute graphics. 

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Read aloud with anthony

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Keep 'em coming, Lincoln Peirce! I'm not usually a graphic novel reader but adore this series. Keep 'em coming, Lincoln Peirce! I'm not usually a graphic novel reader but adore this series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    The Keepers of the Books

    Max has achieved her dream of becoming a knight. But Knight school isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The teacher, Sir Brickbat, doesn’t think she should be there and one of the students, Sedgewick seems to have allied with the teacher. To make matters worse, all the other MIdknights have found their passions. Millie is dealing with magic, Kevyn is working in the library, Simon is working with horses. Max hasn’t found hers yet. When the group duplicates a book in Kevyn’s library, they unwittingly Max has achieved her dream of becoming a knight. But Knight school isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The teacher, Sir Brickbat, doesn’t think she should be there and one of the students, Sedgewick seems to have allied with the teacher. To make matters worse, all the other MIdknights have found their passions. Millie is dealing with magic, Kevyn is working in the library, Simon is working with horses. Max hasn’t found hers yet. When the group duplicates a book in Kevyn’s library, they unwittingly unleash the Bodkins. Bodkins (or bodykins) are the evil duplicates that everyone has. When Sedgewick gets sucked into the Bodkins’ dimension while on a training mission with Max. Max feels obligated to save Sedgewick and set things right. Will she and the others succeed? The plot is well-crafted, humorous, and engaging. The characters are easy to relate to, flawed, and complement each other well. The world building is complete and realistic. The illustrations are mixed throughout and work well with the text. Fans of Lincoln Peirce, Big Nate, knights, historical fiction, and adventure will enjoy reading this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jes Smith

    Lincoln Peirce understands reluctant and motivated readers. The Big Nate series is a go-to anytime a kid is required to read a book for fun but tells me they don't really like reading. The mixture of comic panels and text help make the reads less intimidating. The plots are straightforward but also are a little deeper than your average commercial middle grade read. Max and the Midknights series is perfect for fans of the original Big Nate series, Dork Diaries, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, or Captain Un Lincoln Peirce understands reluctant and motivated readers. The Big Nate series is a go-to anytime a kid is required to read a book for fun but tells me they don't really like reading. The mixture of comic panels and text help make the reads less intimidating. The plots are straightforward but also are a little deeper than your average commercial middle grade read. Max and the Midknights series is perfect for fans of the original Big Nate series, Dork Diaries, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, or Captain Underpants fans ready to read on a higher level. The story problem is one that many kids will relate to. Max doesn't think she is ready or good enough to be a knight. This is reinforced by her interactions with the new teacher at the knight school and her failures as she solves the bodkin problem. Throughout the story, she encounters situations with no easy solution, and she can see that knights aren't perfect, and that is okay. Definitely, a must-order for libraries. Many kids are already Big Nate fans, which is an easy story to introduce to more reluctant readers.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Arminzerella

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Max and her friends are back in this second Midknights book. They’ve all started down the paths to their future careers – Max is in knight school, Millie is learning magic, Kevyn is starting a Library, and Simon has discovered he has a gift with horses. They’re going to have to use their talents again to save Byjovia, because they’re about to be attacked by doppelgangers from another dimension (otherwise known as Bodkins). Each Bodkin is the evil twin of someone in Byjovia, and they are determin Max and her friends are back in this second Midknights book. They’ve all started down the paths to their future careers – Max is in knight school, Millie is learning magic, Kevyn is starting a Library, and Simon has discovered he has a gift with horses. They’re going to have to use their talents again to save Byjovia, because they’re about to be attacked by doppelgangers from another dimension (otherwise known as Bodkins). Each Bodkin is the evil twin of someone in Byjovia, and they are determined to take back what they think should be theirs. The Midknights have to use their powers of perception to sniff out the Bodkins and protect their kingdom. Another fun and exciting installment in the Midknights series – fans will be delighted.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I received an eARC courtesy of Crown Books for Young Readers/Random House Children's & NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. It is no surprise that this book already has a wait list at my library & after previewing it I can say that kids will not be disappointed with the wait. Though they might be immensely frustrated having to wait for book 3! This book definitely lives up to the silliness of the first book. Kids are going to be thrilled to join in on this new adventure as we get to meet s I received an eARC courtesy of Crown Books for Young Readers/Random House Children's & NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. It is no surprise that this book already has a wait list at my library & after previewing it I can say that kids will not be disappointed with the wait. Though they might be immensely frustrated having to wait for book 3! This book definitely lives up to the silliness of the first book. Kids are going to be thrilled to join in on this new adventure as we get to meet some Bodkins and get a little glimpse at the mystery surrounding Max's past. This book is not one I personally thrill at, but kids are going to love it A LOT! For Libraries: Goodness, if you don't already have this one on order-buy it!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Annamarie Carlson (she, her)

    Max is back! Though, she isn't so sure about knight school at the moment--everyone seems to be doing so much better than her, and her teacher definitely has it out for girls. Her friends all seem to be discovering their passions--Kevyn even started a library! But when Millie uses magic to make identical copies of Kevyn's first book, one of those copies turns out strange--and releases an evil force into Byjovia! Suddenly evil twins--bodkins--are running rampant, and it is up to Max and Midknights Max is back! Though, she isn't so sure about knight school at the moment--everyone seems to be doing so much better than her, and her teacher definitely has it out for girls. Her friends all seem to be discovering their passions--Kevyn even started a library! But when Millie uses magic to make identical copies of Kevyn's first book, one of those copies turns out strange--and releases an evil force into Byjovia! Suddenly evil twins--bodkins--are running rampant, and it is up to Max and Midknights to sort out good from evil and once again save the day. I needed a visit with Max and the Midknights! Not quite as fun as the first book, but still an enjoyable listen.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Max and the Midknights: Battle of the Bodkins continues Max’s knight adventures. I thought the first book in the series and was not disappointed with this one. It was fun catching up with Max and their friends in Knight school. I loved the humor so much. It was so good. Max and the Midknights: Battle of the Bodkins will be getting five stars from me. I recommend for readers who are eight to thirteen years old. I am looking forward to another installment from the Max and the Midknights series. I Max and the Midknights: Battle of the Bodkins continues Max’s knight adventures. I thought the first book in the series and was not disappointed with this one. It was fun catching up with Max and their friends in Knight school. I loved the humor so much. It was so good. Max and the Midknights: Battle of the Bodkins will be getting five stars from me. I recommend for readers who are eight to thirteen years old. I am looking forward to another installment from the Max and the Midknights series. I received Max and the Midknights: Battle of the Bodkins from the publishe.r this review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cari Martinez

    Did not know this was a sequel! Enjoyed reading this book with my 7yr son and 8yr nephew (and 14 year old niece helping out since we read over FaceTime). First chapter book! The book is entertaining even for an adult and the boys ended up clapping at the end. Lots of pictures and comic-like making a chapter book not as intimidating. Not once did they complain about reading too much, which sometimes they do if they are not really into the story and want to hurry up and finish so they can play.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    While not as fun or as endearing as the first installment of the Max series, Battle of the Bodkins still delivered some chuckles while continuing the intriguing medieval storyline. (I personally just would have cut back on all the short/"dwarf" books, as dwarfism is obviously a real condition I'm not sure we should be encouraging young readers to mock and make fun of.) Barring the chunk of jokes that fell a little flat, I'm curious to see where the 3rd book takes us! While not as fun or as endearing as the first installment of the Max series, Battle of the Bodkins still delivered some chuckles while continuing the intriguing medieval storyline. (I personally just would have cut back on all the short/"dwarf" books, as dwarfism is obviously a real condition I'm not sure we should be encouraging young readers to mock and make fun of.) Barring the chunk of jokes that fell a little flat, I'm curious to see where the 3rd book takes us!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Megan Schmelzer

    I teach 4th-grade, and my students absolutely devoured the first Max and the Midknights book. After reading the newest in the Max and Midknight collection, I am sure that my students will equally love this new book. This graphic novel is really fitting for any Big Nate or other graphic novel fans. It has a great mixture of text and illustrations. I like how it has some challenging text structure that will force readers to push their reading skills in the midst of reading a graphic novel.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    A real gem of wit and fun! You can't ask for a better blend of modern kid humor which appeals to readers and a new vocabulary and details from a historical period. This book is entertaining, but has great supporting features. My favorite is the vocabulary and unique characters. Great choice for all! A real gem of wit and fun! You can't ask for a better blend of modern kid humor which appeals to readers and a new vocabulary and details from a historical period. This book is entertaining, but has great supporting features. My favorite is the vocabulary and unique characters. Great choice for all!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Cute little forward from Big Nate, and a nice summary of the characters and plot of book one. A bodkin is a copy or imposter, and readers will have little trouble identifying them based on subtle physical changes and personality shifts. Once again, Byjovia is -spoiler alert- saved by the Midknights through everyone's unique talents and gifts coming together at just the right time. Cute little forward from Big Nate, and a nice summary of the characters and plot of book one. A bodkin is a copy or imposter, and readers will have little trouble identifying them based on subtle physical changes and personality shifts. Once again, Byjovia is -spoiler alert- saved by the Midknights through everyone's unique talents and gifts coming together at just the right time.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jaymie

    3.5 stars = Good+ Didn't love this like I did the first one, but it was still an enjoyable adventure. The author does a great job of increasing the peril in increments that makes sense and pull the reader through the story. There's a teaser here for the next book, and it's a doozy. I am all in for that new twist for Max. 3.5 stars = Good+ Didn't love this like I did the first one, but it was still an enjoyable adventure. The author does a great job of increasing the peril in increments that makes sense and pull the reader through the story. There's a teaser here for the next book, and it's a doozy. I am all in for that new twist for Max.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    Cute book two by the author of the Big Nate books. Silly fantasy world with lots of pratfalls and mixed up magic (and age appropriate fart jokes). It wouldn’t make as much sense to someone that hadn’t read book one but it’s such a fun read that that’s no hardship!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dana Fontaine

    Thank you NetGalley for this read! I am so glad that there is a sequel to the first book. This sequel did not disappoint!! It was fantastical and warm hearted. The characters showed personal growth. There was the right amount of potty humor. This book made me laugh.great job, Lincoln Peirce.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Daniel aged 8 has given this a straight 5 stars. "It was really exciting and it built up suspense. The characters were really good and it was very funny. They each wanted to do different things. It was a bit silly too and made me laugh" Daniel aged 8 has given this a straight 5 stars. "It was really exciting and it built up suspense. The characters were really good and it was very funny. They each wanted to do different things. It was a bit silly too and made me laugh"

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amber Webb

    Max and the Battle of the Bodkins was a fun read with lots of entertaining twists and turns with body doubles. The Midknights have quite the adventure on their hands when they discover a hidden world with body doubles who aren't quite as kind as they are. Max and the Battle of the Bodkins was a fun read with lots of entertaining twists and turns with body doubles. The Midknights have quite the adventure on their hands when they discover a hidden world with body doubles who aren't quite as kind as they are.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Patti Sabik

    As expected from "Big Nate's"Lincoln Peirce, this book packs lots of laughter and silliness (and fart jokes). It is a middle-schooler's goofy fantasy dream come true and will surely be flying off the shelves just like our "Big Nate" books. As expected from "Big Nate's"Lincoln Peirce, this book packs lots of laughter and silliness (and fart jokes). It is a middle-schooler's goofy fantasy dream come true and will surely be flying off the shelves just like our "Big Nate" books.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    Fun read aloud with my 10 and 12 year old. Surprise ending! But the Bodkins kind of reminded me of the Tethered from the movie Us.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Paul Liadis

    This was better than the 1st book I think. Kids that like wimpy kid and all those types of books will dig this one as well.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    A fun follow-up to the first book. It had my 6yo giggling and begging me to read it so that we could talk about it together.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    sweet and funny

  29. 4 out of 5

    PWRL

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  30. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Tytus

    Good book Good book it is a lot like big nate kevyn is Francis Simon is teddy Millie is Dee Dee and brick brain is MS Godfrey great book and I love the series

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