Dead Max Comix

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Middle school can be survival of the "fitting in" at best. In Dead Max Comix, Derrick discovers that his secrets aren't really unusual. This series offers a light-hearted touch at accepting yourself and findng your own "pack."

Book 1: The Deadening    PREVIEW NOW ON ISSUU

Derrick Hollis is a young aspiring cartoonist, too shy to show his work to anyone. When his dog Max dies, he's devastated. But then Max returns to give Derrick advice --on standing up to bullies and how to deal with affairs of the heart.

Book 2: The Rocking Dead

Seventh grader Derrick’s “Dead Max Comix” are such a hit in the school paper that he and Max start an advice column. Derrick and Doug should have asked for advice before they started a band without inviting Kim and Keisha to join. To get even, Kim challenges the guys to come up with awesome costumes for Comic-Con and enter the upcoming Battle of the Bands. Will the Battle of the Bands mean the end of Derrick and Kim? More importantly, who will win?

Free Discussion Guide available.

Middle Grade    Ages 9 to 14  
Grades 4 to 8   Reading Level 4   64 pages   6.5" x 9"

Praise for Dead Max Comix

"Dead Max is drop-dead funny."
 --Dav Pilkey, creator of Dog Man

"...told in short fast-paced chapters...characters encompass a more inclusive spectrum of skin tones.... A fun premise."
 --Kirkus Reviews

"I don't read books about dead dogs. But Dead Max is an exception to that rule. Max has the perfect blend of humor, heart and snark, everything you'd want in a dead dog."
 --Dori Hillestad Butler, Edgar Award author

School & Library

Middle Grade   64 pages    Ages 9 to 14

Book 1: Hardcover: 978-1-63440-852-3
$18.99 (List) / $14.24 (S&L)

Book 2: Hardcover: 978-1-63440-858-5
$18.99 (List) / $14.24 (S&L)

Softcover and eBook editions also available

Available from our distributor: Lerner Publisher Services

Individuals may order now from your favorite Independent bookstore.


Price: $18.99
Dimensions: 9 in × 6.5 in × 1 in