The Accidental Adventures, A New Middle Grade Series, Is Published

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Prolific children's action-adventure and mystery author Max Elliot Anderson has published six new books from Elk Lake Publishing.

Let’s grow the next generation of readers together. After all, readers are the leaders others follow.

Author Max Elliot Anderson has published a new adventure series. “The Accidental Adventures of Kurt Benson and his friends Riley and Jordan,” which includes The Cat Burglars, Funny Money Mystery, The Secret of Grandmother’s Grandfather Clock, Summer Camp Trouble, Danger Mountain, and Shadow of the Fat Man.

This series joins his previous works, “The Sam Cooper Adventure Series,” and several other stand-alone adventures and mysteries for young readers.

“Kurt Benson and his friends don’t go out looking for trouble,” Anderson says, “trouble just seems to find them.”

“These books are written in the manner of a good, old-fashioned Hardy Boys - style mystery,” writes a reviewer in CBA Marketplace. Reviewer Heather Hunt wrote, “This is Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn if they lived in modern American suburbia.” These comparisons are echoed by numerous other readers and reviewers who also include references to Nancy Drew, Tom Swift, and adventure author Jack London.

“Those comments interest me,” Anderson said, “because I grew up hating to read.”

Max Elliot Anderson has pursued a career of film, video, and television commercial production. “I try to bring that same heart-pounding excitement, adventure, and mystery to the pages of my books,” Anderson said.

Author Jerry B. Jenkins reports, “Max Elliot Anderson brings a lifetime of dramatic film and video production to the pages of his action adventures and mysteries.” And author Bill Myers adds, “Max's Adventures are like good, family movies . . . as an ordinary kid finds himself in exciting and extra-ordinary adventures!”

This comment, from a dad, probably best sums up the reactions to Anderson’s books from teachers, parents, grandparents, and librarians. “The final lights out came at 9:30 pm. Our son complied, shut the lights out, and ‘went to bed.’ It was later when we found out he had grabbed his flashlight and, under the covers, finished reading your book that night. What can a parent say to that kind of behavior? After searching for interesting books for him to read, we finally found books he couldn't put down.”

“Let’s grow the next generation of readers together,” Anderson said. “After all, readers are the leaders others follow.” For more information, visit

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