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Wednesday 24 October 2018

Review: Maxi the Lifeguard: The Stormy Protest

Sun, Sand, Surf – it’s all in a day’s work for junior lifeguard Maxi and his friends Rachel and Felix on the iconic Bondi Beach.
A massive storm hits the beach, bringing with it thunder, lightning and destruction. Buildings suffer damage, roads are flooded and debris litters the beach and surrounding foreshore.

Doing their bit to clean up the beach, the friends come across a dead seagull with plastic wrapped around its neck. 

Even more horrifying is the discovery of a nearby stormwater pipe polluting the water with paint tins, slime and an off-white powder.

Maxi, Rachel and Felix are on a mission to find the polluter dumping rubbish into the ocean. 

Peter Baldwin’s simple black and white drawings add a comic relief to the story and a depth to the characters that make the story come to life. Maxi, whose world revolves around the beach and becoming a lifeguard, Felix in his bedroom turned forensic lab analysing water samples and intrepid Rachel snapping photos with her camera, writing articles for the school newspaper.

Throw in the resident school bully Josh and his slobbering bulldog Precious, Police Sergeant Jolly who doesn’t like them and Grandpa Bill who is more like Maxi’s best friend than Grandfather all set the stage.

Written by Bondi Beach Rescue lifeguard Trent (Maxi) Maxwell and author David Lawrence this rollicking adventure is full of comedic moments, complicated relationships, and the hidden dangers of the ocean.

Title: Maxi the Lifeguard: The Stormy Protest
Author: Trent Maxwell & David Lawrence
Illustrator: Peter Baldwin
Publisher: Affirm Press, $12.99
Publication date: 25 September 2018
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925584974
For ages: 6 - 9
Type: Junior Fiction