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Max and Marla Are Going on a Trip

Written & illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
Published by Philomel Books
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“A journey-filled, fitting finale in this series about a heartwarming friendship.”

Summer vacation has arrived, and Max would like to see a koala. Fortuitously, the travel guides he and Marla ordered from the bookstore have just arrived in the mail, so the two friends pack their things and set off for Australia. Determined to document every special moment along the way, Max is busy fiddling with his camera for the first legs of the trip and misses a flock of pelicans and magnificent sea animals. But Marla knows how to help her friend be in the moment, and with the camera knocked overboard, Max is finally able to savor their trip, especially the moment when they meet koalas. In her fourth, final, and perhaps most charming Max and Marla story yet, Boiger delights readers with her soft watercolor illustrations. Her ability to enhance simple, sweet text with illustrations that convey crucial bits of enriching storyline is on full display in this timely story reminding readers to engage with the world in the moment. Readers also won’t be able to avoid feeling their own urge to travel as Max and Marla journey in a delightful red monoplane, rowboat, and 60’s style convertible. Ultimately, Max and Marla’s friendship shines above all else, as Marla sweetly supports her friend while also giving him the push he needs to grow.

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of She Persisted comes a Max and Marla story about being present and appreciating the world around us.

School is out for the summer, and Max and Marla are off to Australia! Max has always wanted to see koalas, after all. He makes sure to pack his camera for the trip, so that he can capture every moment and remember this vacation. Off they head by air and by sea, with Max looking for just the perfect shot along the way. But when he keeps missing the amazing sights while focusing his lens, Marla knows that she needs to step in.

In this final story in the Max and Marla quartet, the two friends learn that being together and enjoying their trip makes for the best memories after all!

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Another heartwarming tale featuring Boiger’s delightful friends. In this timely and insightful story, Max’s desire to capture and preserve every moment of their summer vacation trip on camera almost causes him to miss the sights altogether.

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Alexandra Boiger is the illustrator of numerous children’s books, including the #1 <i>New York Times </i>bestseller <i>She Persisted </i>by Chelsea Clinton and <i>The Little Bit Scary People</i> by Emily Jenkins. Ms. Boiger lives in Northern California with her husband and daughter. Visit her at

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June 16, 2020

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