Maxine is smart, quirky, and a bit of a misfit. One day, she receives a mysterious invitation to a meeting of the “Kooky Kids’ Club.”

Things are looking bright. It’s nice to finally have a real group of friends. Then Maxine’s teacher disappears.

Maxine doesn’t know what happened to her beloved teacher, or how she can help. But if anybody has the smarts to help Miss Thompson, it’s Maxine and the Kooky Kids’ Club…

This quirky chapter book is for the best kind of kids—the ones who are a little bit kooky!

5 Quirky Stars


I wish there had been a kooky kids club when I went to school. A place for those kids who didn’t really fit in due to their eccentricities, odd interests, lack of fashion sense, unco-ordination and just plain quirkiness.

Maxine is one of those kids who tries so hard to fit in, but isn’t accepted. The only person who seems to understand her is her teacher, Miss Thompson. When she receives the mysterious invitation, her life at school changes. Being part of the Kooky Kids’ Club gives her a place to be herself, develop self-confidence and share her interests with others. Her happiness does not last, because her beloved Miss Thompson is suddenly replaced. What she fired? Why? How can Maxine and the Kooky Kids Club get her back?

I really enjoyed this story. Maxine is a girl after my own heart who just wants to be accepted for who she really is. She loves her teacher who nurtures her interests, and will do whatever she can to try and get her back. I think we have all had a Mr. Matthews in our school careers, the one who had no imagination and thinks school should not be fun, at all! I loved her Maxine moments, I know I had them when I was in school, and they could be so embarrassing.

This is a really heartwarming book, especially for Middle Grades students, but I enjoyed it as an adult. Robbie Yates has penned a story with an extremely important message: we all have our quirks or odd behaviours, but do not look at them as detriments, use them to be the best you can be. Be yourself and you will find your place in the world, with those friends who will boost you up, not tear you down. I recommend this book any children in your life, especially those “Kooky Ones”.


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Robbie Yates is an author from Melbourne, Australia.
He likes cocoa, cheeky poetry, and eating all of the red jellybeans before anybody else can get to them.

In his free time, Robbie likes to read ridiculous and wacky kids’ fiction. He also likes practical jokes and terrible puns.


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