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Max Segredo isn’t a bad kid---but somehow, in each of the seven foster homes he’s lived in, bad things have happened. Foster parents die in not-so-ordinary ways, fires seem to just happen, and, yes, things go missing…
“It’s not my fault!” says Max.
Now he’s down to his last chance to avoid juvenile detention---the Merry Sunshine Orphanage.
The fact that the director of the orphanage meets him at the door with a pistol in her hand is the first sign that life at Merry Sunshine is going to be a little bit…different. “Fires? Stealing?” she says. “You know what I say?”
“Learn to control fire…and if you’re stealing, don’t get caught.”
Join Max as he learns that the Merry Sunshine Orphanage is actually a training center for would-be spies, and as he discovers that the father he believed was dead may actually be the best spy of all…
(New Hampshire Great Stone Face Book Award nominee, 2015)