Finding Maxwell

A short story – 5,000 words
Genre: Contemporary
Audience: Young Adults
Release Date: 10th March 2017

“Do you know what is terrible about being eight years old?”
Dragged to St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Maxwell wonders what can be worse. On holiday with his parents, the list of boring visits grows too much for his taste. Max wants to become a knight and rescue princesses, not to discover already known places.
Then a secret is uncovered, and Max jumps on the occasion to make a wonderful discovery. He is a genius after all.
But the world can be enormous when you are a child, and finding his parents turns out to be quite a challenge. Who is going to help him?
A cute and funny story of imagination, curiosity and adventure.


I understand this is a prequel to a full novel being published at a later date by the same author. Max is an eight year old boy on holiday in Rome with his parents. He has a vivid imagination which is heightened after a remark made by his father. As a result, he soon finds himself alone in the company of dead popes and the possibility of vampires “living” within the Vatican. However a more pressing danger may come from an only too-real human who is also present in the crypt. Max has a logic to his though processes which made me smile on a number of occasions and I enjoyed this short story. I will look forward to the full novel when it is published.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from John Pullen on

A beautiful story of an 8 years old boy full of dreams and imagination. I really liked to discover the world with Maxwell eyes’. It’s very well written with a touch of humour, don’t hesitate to read it!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from Anaelle on

Naivety, hyperactivity, an imaginary world where he can be a hero. All the factors are there to put ourselves in this child’s place, and perhaps to remind us what it is to be a child. We feel the boundaries between the adult/real world and the childhood/dream one. The point of view is just right. Bravo.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from Amazon Customer on

“Nice short story. I particularly appreciated the writing style of the author full of humour, and found the story very true and realistic.”
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from Amazon Customer on