Max Todd’s Big Game Jitters

by L. M. Nicodemo

illustrated by Graham Ross

The Super Fidgets leave Max jumping up and down during the championship soccer game against the school bully's team.

Max’s soccer team is ready for the championship game against the school bully’s team. As soon as the game starts, a case of the Super Fidgets threatens to break Max’s focus and ruin the team’s chances. Max comes up with a game to keep his fidgets under control but will he be able to play two games at once?

Full colour illustrations and fun typography bring Max to life and make this book accessible to readers of all levels.

About the Authors

L. M. Nicodemo
L. M. Nicodemo
Graham Ross
Graham Ross

L. M. NICODEMO is a school teacher who hopes that this series will mark the beginning of a long and joyful career in writing. She lives with her family in southwestern Ontario

GRAHAM ROSS is an illustrator and designer who has illustrated many books for a wide range of Canadian children's book publishers. He lives in a log home in the woods with his family just outside of Merrickville, Ontario.


"With a quirky main character and a relatable plot of childhood mishaps, Big Game Jitters is a pleasing read for young readers who are moving away from picture books and into short novels with chapters.

Featuring fun artwork and typography, this engaging early chapter book is sure to please. The simple yet effective black and white illustrations by Graham Ross help bring the characters and major plot points to life. Although some readers may yearn for a colour edition, the simplicity of the drawings allows the story to be the standout and helps emphasize that Maximus Todd could be any student, of any race or ethnic background, in any school.

Part of a larger series, Big Game Jitters offers not only a glimpse into being the kid who is a little bit different, but it also exemplifies authentic friendships offering compassion, kindness and understanding. Readers are certain to not only like Maximus Todd but also develop a genuine empathy for those who struggle in ways that aren't always apparent at first glance.


Amy Westbury

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