Maxine Listens by Dr. Lynda Mubarak: #RWYK Certified Great Read

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#RWYK Great Read #Review – Maxine Listens by Dr. Lynda Jones Mubarak

5 Stars

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It’s time again to celebrate a brand NEW ReadingWithYourKids Certified Great Read! Get ready to be inspired by Maxine Listens, a wonderful read about a young detective who has a talent for solving problems and enjoys helping people in need.

This book is very special to us as this is the second book that we’re reviewing in the Detective Maxine Hill Series and we can’t thank Dr. Mubarak enough for sharing her wonderful books with us.

We had a super time reading Dr. Lynda Mubarak’s fun book and we think it is written to entertain, enlighten and encourage young readers to enjoy the art of reading and we hope your family enjoys reading it as much as we did!


Let’s look at the Book Blurb

Maxine Listens by Dr. Lynda Mubarak (Book II, Detective Maxine Hill Series)

Maxine ListensMaxine Hill continues her investigative techniques to solve mysteries and puzzles while practicing community service and human compassion at school and in her community. A new medical diagnosis sends Maxine on a journey to find answers to a very personal concern. What will Max discover this time? Will she be successful? Follow young, Detective Maxine Hill as she seeks to unravel and address another important challenge.


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P.S. A percentage of Dr. Lynda Mubarak’s book sold is donated to her partner, The Community Food Bank of Ft. Worth. Help spread community service!



Dr. Lynda MubarakDr. Lynda Mubarak is a retired special education teacher, facilitator, and adult ESL adjunct who read constantly as a child. Dr. Lynda is an advocate for early literacy. She loves to create stories for young children with an emphasis on community service, global empathy, and human compassion.

She is a graduate of  Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, Nova SE University and she is a veteran.

Dr. Lynda is a co-host of The Author’s Lounge Radio Show. She enjoys crossword puzzles, live theater, and traveling with her husband, Kairi, and their rescue dogs, Ebony Joyce and Shorty Junior. Dr. Lynda’s favorite charity is The Community Food Bank of Ft. Worth, TX.


Where can you find Dr. Mubarak on the internet?
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Our Review

“At once moving and inspiring, Maxine Listens is a must read for every parent, relative, and friend of deaf children/parent everywhere.”

Maxine Listens written by Dr. Lynda J. Mubarak and illustrated by Adua Hernandez is a second book in the Detective Maxine Hill Series. The book introduces readers to 5th grader student Maxine Hill and her parents, the Hills. Maxine is the only child to her parents. She loves to read, work crossword puzzles, visit her best friend, Amanda Grayson, and play with her cat, Amos. She wants to take up the career of a forensic scientist when she grows up. Maxine always takes part in doing community service with her family at a local food pantry, investigating issues, and exploring future careers. However, Maxine is facing a unique challenge this year. This time it’s very personal. What does Maxine discovers through a  new medical diagnosis and will she be able to resolve and address another significant challenge? Grab your copy of Maxine Listens to find out!


Maxine Listens


We immensely enjoyed reading Maxine Listens! There were many things from this book that we really liked. First off, Maxine Listens is a great way to expose children to diversity through literature. We said it in our review of Maxine’s New Job and we would like to highlight this again. What we particularly LOVE about Dr. Mubarak’s books is that it features a young black girl as an adorable protagonist of the story. We know that all children love seeing faces like theirs within the pages of their picture books, but it can be hard to find books starring kids of color. Dr. Lynda’s book not only gives children of color an opportunity to see themselves in stories but also helps broaden the perspective of all children by fostering children’s sense of empathy and connection with characters who might look different from themselves.

In this story, Maxine discovers that her Dad is slowly losing his hearing. She wants to help her Dad and hence goes on a quest to learn more about deafness. She is determined to use her detective skills to find out more about her Dad’s illness. She decides to find out more about deafness by spending time with her three classmates with hearing challenges. Through her interactions with them, she learns the challenges that hearing-impaired children face, and how one child overcomes them to live a normal, happy life. The book includes instructions on some American Sign Language (ASL) signs, quirky illustrations, and information about Deafness. 

This book should give hearing children an insight into the experiences of a deaf child/parent. Deaf children may relate to the three classmates of Maxine in the story. This book will offer a whimsical account that a young child can relate to, and enjoy as he/she reads the child-friendly text, and looks at the colorful illustrations, all while personally associating themselves with the main character, Maxine.

We particularly love the sense of community that is prominent throughout both the books in the Detective Maxine Hill Series. These books introduce kids to what community service is and the importance of serving people in need.


Final Verdict

The illustrations are adorable and they bring the story and the characters alive. If you can’t get enough of this adorable little detective, follow her on a new adventure in Maxine’s Hands, the third book in the Detective Maxine Hill Series which shows Maxine learning new concepts and applying her knowledge of community service anywhere it is needed.


Congratulations to Dr. Lynda Mubarak for winning the RWYK Certified Great Read StatusClapping Hands on Apple iOS 11.2Clapping Hands on Apple iOS 11.2Clapping Hands on Apple iOS 11.2


A big thank you to author Dr. Lynda Mubarak for providing us a free copy of this book through Reading with your Kids certified program. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely our own.


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