Kensy and Max 8: High Voltage
384pp., pbk., RRP $A16.99
Imagine getting in a car in one country and waking up in a strange place in another! That was the beginning of a whole new adventure for twins Kensy and Max back in 2018 in Breaking News, the first in this series.
Now, in the 8th in the series, the twins are back – comfortable in their roles and deeply involved in a new adventure. After a tumultuous school term, a family holiday with sunshine, sleep-ins and Portuguese tarts is just what Kensy and Max need. And Granny Cordelia is adamant: there are to be no investigations while on vacation. But when strange incidents start piling up, the twins are torn between their loyalty and their nose for adventure.
As all leads point to the annual E-Prix championship, Kensy and Max find themselves drawn into the middle of a menacing plot. High-powered sports cars are not the only dangers on the streets of Sintra. Someone wants Wolf Motors and the Formula E car race to go up in smoke, and they won’t let anything – or anyone – get in their way.
When the series first came out, I popped the first two into Miss Then 12’s Christmas stocking and all other presents were abandoned as she buried her nose deep in them, and then three weeks later, re-read them on the long bus trip from Canberra to near Adelaide on her way to her Scout Jamboree. And now, even though she is 15, deeply into computers, coding and creating her own animated characters, she is still in love with the twins and their adventures and regularly asks if there is a new addition to look forward to. Won’t she get a surprise when she goes to her letterbox after nearly two months in lockdown to find this! But, IMO, there is no greater endorsement for an author and their writing, no better testament to the characters and their situations and adventures. To be so eagerly awaited after such a time by readers who have moved through a major period of development and who seek comfort in the familiar and trusted.
Thus this is a series to invest in, because you know it will endure with not only those discovering it today and wanting to keep reading, but also the waves of students who will be ready for it in years to come.