By: Trent Maxwell and David Lawrence
Illustrated by: Peter Baldwin
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: Affirm Press
Published: 25 Sep 2019
ISBN: 9781925584967


Maxi joins Buckler Ocean Swimming Club to have a bit of fun with his mates. But then a big prize for the Junior Ocean Challenge is announced. The winner will get money for their club and a day with legendary lifeguard Mick Hawk! Maxi would do anything to win.  Especially as it might help save Buckler. Will his hard work and determination pay off, or will Maxi’s arch-enemy ruin his chances?


This is the first in a fabulous new series, that sees one of the favourite lifeguards from Bondi Rescue, Maxi, team up with author David Lawrence to produce a book that will hit the mark with your middle primary students.

Maxi makes the brave decision to give up sailing (which his Dad is not happy about), and have a go at lifesaving  -  the sport his Grandpa Bill is a legend in!

He joins the fledgling Buckler Ocean Swimming Club, where his best friends Felix and Rachel are members. The club is having a tough time, competing against and losing members to the fancy Bay View Club. So when a competition is announced to win $5000 for your club, plus the chance to meet the legend lifesaver Mick Hawk, Maxi and Grandpa Bill set a plan in motion to win, but of course, not all goes to plan - and it turns out not to be as easy as they hoped!

This book really does touch on many topics, including family, friendships, dealing with bullies, setting goals, looking out for others, beach and water safety, as well as the importance of community involvement.

It will thoroughly enjoyed by boys and girls, age 8 and above.

Reviewed by Sam