Author Gary Neil Gupton just released a 2nd Edition of his book, Time to Meet Max. This story grew out of Gary's experience meeting a boy with disabilities in Guatemala. Listen to Gary talk about the new edition above, and read the description below. He'll be at Two Sister's Bookery at the Cotton Exchange on Saturday, 12/9, 11:00am-1:00pm.
Time to Meet Max takes two American children on exciting adventures in Guatemala. They ride a tuk-tuk, a chicken bus, horses to Volcano Pacaya and a zip line over Lake Atitlan. Along the way they are guided by a local boy, Jack, who teaches them about his culture. They meet an extraordinary boy at the Old Antigua Inn - named Max. Max is extraordinary. He brings the friends to heights they never would have achieved. Max is different. He was adopted from Haiti by a big scary man he calls "Big Papa". Big Papa has a big heart,despite his gruff appearance. Max helps them see, though he is blind. He leads the way, though he is in a wheelchair. Max teaches his friends to ‘fly,’ despite being grounded by his 'disabilities.' The three children become friends (The Three Guacamoles) and find that despite their differences, they are alike - inside. Adventures in a strange land turn into chances for the two American children to learn about new cultures, new places and people they would never have encountered if they had not the courage to venture out on their own. People are different - and they are the same - no matter where you go or who you may meet. Cole, Anna, Jack, Big Papa and Max go to heights that most people never dare to go. Diversity. Courage. Friendship. The children will never be the same after Max.