Summer reading giveaway: 'Masters of Mischief' (The Misadventures of Max Crumbly #3)

Simon & Schuster is partnering with me for a giveaway!

Grandparents typically rank among the top supporters of their grandchildren’s educational efforts, spending hours helping with homework, attending activities and events, volunteering in the classroom and more.

But how can grandparents help out in the same manner during the kids’ summer break? One way is to slow down the “summer slide” of reading and comprehension skills by encouraging grandkids to make reading a regular part —an enjoyable part — of their long summer days. It can be as simple as offering engaging books and other reading materials for the vacationing students to peruse and pore over at your place or theirs.

Grandparents of kiddos in the 9 to 13 range need look no further than The Misadventures of Max Crumbly series by Rachel Renée Russell for engaging adventures for summertime entertaining. And grandparents who read Grandma’s Briefs — this post in particular — need look no further than this giveaway to enter to win all three books in the series… including the brand-new third book, Masters of MIschief, published by Simon & Schuster and newly available in stores June 4, 2019. (The first two books, Locker Hero and Middle School Mayhem, are also in stores now.)

About the Series

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Be the hero you’ve always admired!

There’s a new DORK in town! New from #1 bestselling Dork Diaries author Rachel Renée Russell, The Misadventures of Max Crumbly series follows the adventures of undercover middle school hero, Max Crumbly.

Set in the world of the mega-hit series Dork Diaries, The Misadventures of Max Crumbly stars Max Crumbly, friend to Nikki Maxwell of Dork Diaries, who goes to a different school and manages to get into a whole lot of trouble. The series is written in diary format with illustrations and doodles of Max’s mishaps.

In the beginning of the series, Max starts at a new middle school and faces the school bully who has begun a habit of stuffing Max into his locker. Max wants nothing more than to be like his comic superhero idols and though his ability to smell pizza from a block away isn’t exactly a superpower, he’s still going to try to be the hero his school needs!

While fans of Dork Diaries will be familiar with the format and enjoy new stories from the same world, this series featuring a male protagonist will also appeal to boy readers. As in Dork Diaries, the characters make up a wide range of diversity. And also like Dork Diaries, The Misadventures of Max Crumbly series is about embracing who you are and having a ton of fun along the way!

About The Misadventures of Max Crumbly #3: Masters of Mischief

Max Crumbly is BACK!

From #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries author Rachel Renée Russell comes the third book in a series about Max Crumbly and his daily ups and downs in middle school.

When we last left our courageous hero, Max Crumbly, and his trusty sidekick Erin, they had just finished foiling the plans of some bumbling thieves. But Max and Erin were trapped in a smelly, dangerous dumpster of doom and about to be discovered by the last people they wanted to find them.

Now in this latest installment of Max’s journals, Max and Erin face foes both new and old as their misadventures continue. Can the two friends avoid detection—and detention!—while keeping South Ridge Middle School safe from bullies and criminals?

Rachel Renée Russell — Photo by Suna Lee

About the Author

Rachel Renée Russell is an attorney who prefers writing tween books to legal briefs. (Mainly because books are a lot more fun and pajamas and bunny slippers aren’t allowed in court.) She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the block buster book series Dork Diaries and the exciting new series The Misadventures of Max Crumbly. There are more than 25 million copies of her books in print worldwide, and they have been translated into thirty-four languages. She enjoys working with her two daughters, Erin and Nikki, who help write and illustrate her books. Rachel lives in Chantilly, Virginia.

About the GIVEAWAY!

Grandma’s Briefs readers are invited to enter to win a The Misadventures of Max Crumbly prize package valued at $25:


There’s a New Dork in Town!

One (1) winner receives:

  • The first two books in The Misadventures of Max Crumbly series,

  • the newest release, Masters of Mischief,

  • plus a Max Crumbly pencil, a Dork Diaries pencil, and a double-sided Max Crumbly/Dork Diaries locker poster!

Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Simon & Schuster.

To enter

To enter, leave a comment below answering the question What was one of your favorite summer reads as a child… or as an adult?

Entries accepted until 11:59 June 28, 2019. Random winner will be drawn June 29, 2019 and notified by email (so be sure to comment with your email so I can contact you!). Winner must respond to my email within 48 hours or a new winner will be drawn. Prizing the responsibility of Simon & Schuster.

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Disclosure: Simon & Schuster is partnering with me for this giveaway!

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Congratulations to entrant No. 3, Lauren! You’re the winner of the Max Crumbly prize package!

Thank you so much to all who entered! I enjoyed your comments on your summer reading favorites.

Happy reading, happy summer!