Rockford author Max Elliot Anderson publishes eighth children’s adventure

Take a boy and his dog, a train, a circus, a clown, two criminals, and you have the elements for Rockford author Max Elliot Anderson’s eighth children’s adventure, Reckless Runaway.

Michael Ellis was tired of his parents always telling him what to do. He didn’t mean to run away, not really. All he wanted to do was make his parents miss him. Then, he thought, maybe they’d lighten up a little. Even Michael couldn’t have predicted what happened next.

Reckless Runaway tells the story of Michael Ellis, who recently told his parents to start calling him Mike. Mike decides to pretend he’d run away. But the next thing he knows, he finds himself halfway across the country. Except for his dog, Barney, Mike is alone and afraid.

His encounter with a grown-up runaway in the circus helps him to understand that his parents truly love him. Then, Mike and Barney save the circus. Through it all, Mike learns the importance of family.

Reckless Runaway joins Anderson’s seven other mystery-adventures, Newspaper Caper, Terror at Wolf Lake, North Woods Poachers, Mountain Cabin Mystery, Big Rig Rustlers, Secret of Abbott’s Cave and Legend of the White Wolf.

These books are available at Barnes & Noble, Journey Books and Music, Lemstone, and may be ordered at . More than 30 pages of reviews can be found at, and additional information at Anderson’s author site .

“I’ve written a total of 34 manuscripts for this series,” Anderson said. “Each story has completely different characters, setting and plot, making it different from most traditional series.

“I’ve recently found an agent, and several of my manuscripts are now being considered at four publishers,” Anderson added. “But, the most amazing aspect is the fact that I grew up hating to read. Now, I’m writing for other kids who might not like read.”

From the April 5-11, 2006, issue

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