Thursday, December 29, 2016

Funny Money Mystery - NEW

Funny Money Mystery

Funny Money Mystery

Author: Max Elliot Anderson
Audience: 8 – 12; especially boys

Kurt Benson’s uncle’s house was actually the second story of a building in the center of Main Street. His aunt and uncle ran a bakery downstairs. One thing was for sure, Kurt never had to wonder where his next meal would be coming from. 
His friends, Riley and Jordan, helped him make deliveries. Over at Emmett’s shop, they had the man weld two bikes to an old metal cart. He even added a motor. Now they could carry larger loads of baked goodies.
Kurt never missed anything that happened along Main Street because he could look down there from the upstairs window. That’s why, when a van pulled up and men began unloading large boxes, and taking them inside an abandoned storefront, Kurt became suspicious. He and his friends came up with a plan to find out what those men were doing.
After counterfeit twenty-dollar-bills began showing up all over town, the boys set up a high-tech surveillance system to help solve the mystery.
Could it be that the guys across the street were printing all those phony bills?

Will the boys be able to get the evidence before those men figure out what’s happening and leave town?

Find it on Amazon at: 

The Accidental Adventures Series VIDEO

Monday, December 19, 2016

Youtube Videos of Middle Grade Fiction Adventures & Mysteries

I’ve spent most of my life in the production of dramatic films, videos, and hundreds of TV commercials. My #MiddleGrade adventures & mysteries are a direct result of this visual communications background. To catch the excitement of theses books, go to my youtube videos and see for yourself. 
Many of these books are available on     Amazon PRIME 


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Still searching for that perfect #MiddleGrade child’s gift this Christmas?

Still searching for that perfect #MiddleGrade child’s gift this Christmas? 
I grew up hating to read. Check out mysteries and adventures at Max Elliot Anderson’s Amazon author page 

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Give The Gift Of Reading

This Christmas, in addition to the toys, computer games, electronics, and other great gifts you have planned for the middle graders on your list, why not also give the gift of reading?

Sure, those other presents will be appreciated, but most of them will also soon be forgotten. Not so with an exciting action-adventure or mystery by Max Elliot Anderson.

You have over 20 different titles to choose from on Amazon. Find them all at:

Order yours today and give the gift of reading to someone on your list ages 8 - 13.

The Accidental Adventure Series has been released in time for Christmas. These books carry the $5.99 and $2.99 prices. 

Accidental Adventures VIDEO

The Cat Burglars

Funny Money Mystery

The Secret of Grandmother’s 
Grandfather Clock

Summer Camp Trouble

Danger Mountain

Shadow of the Fat Man

Information on this sheet is incorrect. Correct prices are $5.99 in print and $2.99 in Ebook.

Do you have a Middle Grade Reader 8 - 13 in your home, family, classroom, or circle of friends? Make sure they have the link to this blog for future updates and information.  

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Cat Burglars - NEW Middle Grade fiction

This is book # 1 in the new Accidental Adventures Series

The Cat Burglars

The Cat Burglars

Author: Max Elliot Anderson
Audience: 8 – 12; especially boys

Kurt Benson could hardly believe there had been a burglary, and right in his own neighborhood. He was helping out his friend, Riley Pletcher, whose parents owned Pletcher’s Bed and Biscuit Kennels.
Kurt thought it was odd that his neighbor’s cat, Buffy, had been staying at the kennel while the family was away on vacation. But, when he found out the houses of at least four other Pletcher’s customers had also been hit, his head started spinning.
That was before he saw the copier repairman do something odd. When he thought no one could see him, the man took a sheet of paper from a clipboard on the wall, made a copy, and quickly returned the clipboard to its hook.
Was it possible the repairman had something to do with all those burglaries?
Were they getting ready to strike again?

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

NEW #MiddleGrade Adventure - Danger Mountain

Danger Mountain

Danger Mountain

Author: Max Elliot Anderson
Audience: 8 – 12; especially boys

Kurt Benson’s cousin Dillon lived at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Dillon McDonald’s father owned an outfitter’s shop in the village there. One day Dillon hoped to work for a mountain rescue team. But for now, he and his friends Pete and Wayne were planning their first practice hike. It was only supposed to be for a short distance, and then they’d return the same day. Kurt was coming to Colorado with his father on a business trip.
Dillon’s father had often warned him to stay away from Danger Mountain. That’s because climbers would hike toward it, but never return.
Just before the boys left the outfitter shop, even before sunup on the day of their first mountain hike, a strange group of men started out ahead of them. Dillon’s father had rented the men almost everything except the mules. Kurt hoped he wasn’t about to get into another accidental adventure, but was he ever wrong!

Early into their hike, the boys left the main trail so they could get a glimpse of Danger Mountain. And that’s when they saw some of those same men chasing another man up to the edge of a cliff. A shot rang out, and the man went over the side.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Reviews for The Sam Cooper and The Accidental Adventures series

Max Elliot Anderson

Anyone who knows me or reads my blog posts knows I read a lot of books for kids.

I've read several books by Max Elliot Anderson in the past. Recently I read three more and enjoyed them a lot.

Those books are: Lost Island Smugglers, which is a Sam Cooper Adventure, and both The Cat Burglars and Funny Money. The last two are part of another series, The Accidental Adventures of Kurt Benson and His Friends, Riley and Jordan. (That series name is a VERY long subtitle!)

Anderson writes just the sort of stories boys, even reluctant readers, will love!  His books aren't long, each one is full of exciting adventures, and the characters are realistic.  Of course lots of girls will enjoy reading them, too.

In some ways these books are similar to classic series like The Hardy Boysmysteries, but they take place in modern times. And, unlike some of the classic adventure series for kids, it's believable that the kids in his series get into the scary situations and are able to handle them.

Anderson has written about two dozen books for kids and I expect to read more of them in the future.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Now That Basketball Season Has Begun...At The Buzzer

At The Buzzer

At the Buzzer

Author: Max Elliot Anderson
Audience: Middle School; especially boys

Sam Cooper had rehearsed a thousand times, in the back yard, how he would win the big game, with a three point shot, and be a hero. Still, he wondered what would happen in a real game. Sam’s friends all played on the basketball team at school.
Sam was concerned about his best friend, Perry, for a couple of reasons, and he was going to do his best to help his friend.
On the way home from a survival church camp weekend, the boys’ van is nearly involved in a fatal accident with an eighteen-wheeler on a rain slick road. The boys have to confront life and death for the first time in their lives.
Later, while they practiced basketball at Sam’s house, Perry fell, resulting in a severe injury. Instantly his plans to use basketball as the ticket to his future were changed. Perry was the big man in the middle. Without him, the team had to change the way they played.
Would they be able to win the championship?
Would Chris take the final shot like he’d practiced his whole life?

Friday, November 11, 2016

To All The Veterans Who Celebrate Veterans Day Today

In October, 1967, I completed my basic training at Ft. Campbell, KY. That’s me, in the second row, 4th from the right, standing right next to my drill sergeant. Yikes, that still gives me the willies. I think he just wanted to keep an eye on me to make sure I actually graduated, and got out of his life. That’s because I even got him to laugh from time to time, and, as all veterans know, drill sergeants in basic training NEVER laughed.
I’d been drafted and went on to serve in Germany in a tank company, as the main gun and machine gun loader, before taking on the duties of company clerk. Glad I took typing in high school. Two of my other brothers served in Okinawa and Vietnam.
Tonight our church will host a wonderful veterans dinner which is always such a nice evening.

Congratulations to all who served and are now able to celebrate our special day.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Cubs Win! Trump Wins! 2 amazing results and in the same year, too.

No one could have predicted the Chicago Cubs would win the World Series, or Donald Trump might now be addressed as President Elect Trump.

Interesting days for sure.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

What a Game 7! Way to go Cubs

The Chicago Tribune included this W poster in a recent paper. We put ours in the window after that great game last night.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016


We're all going slightly crazy in Illinois with game 7 tonight. 
As the song says, "Go CUBS Go!"

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween Art

In our city, there are a few flood control facilities to control heavy rainfall. One of them includes high concrete walls which are painted by residents almost daily. A piece of artwork may be here today and painted over tomorrow.
My granddaughter and I were in the dry spillway while looking for dandelion greens to be fed to a wooly bear caterpillar we've been keeping in a jar. One of the foods he loves most are those greens. We hope he will hibernate in that jar until next spring when he is expected to change into a tiger moth.
So these pictures are my wish too you for a ... 

Happy and Safe Halloween!

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Largest Truck In The World!

Recently my wife and I took a 2 1/2 hour drive to Peoria, IL, to hear the Gaither Vocal Band. 
We stayed overnight in the Mark Twain Hotel so we could visit the Caterpillar Visitor's Center the next morning. I highly recommend it if you're ever in the area.
This is a picture of the largest truck in the world, and it's built by Caterpillar. We viewed a short video before entering the center, and the theatre, with rows and rows of seats, was actually located in the back of this truck. The truck is used in the mining industry.

If you're wondering, I'm that little ant standing in front of this massive machine, trying not to become a bug splat on the giant windshield. The truck is so big, it is shipped to the customer's site in pieces. Then a crew works 24 hours a day for 3 weeks to assemble it.

Caterpillar also sponsors a Sprint Cup race car driven by Ryan Newman. Being a NASCAR fan, I was interested in seeing that, too.
By the way, do you know where Caterpillar actually got its name? If you'd like to know, send me an email at and I'll tell
you the secret.