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A gripping, emotional prequel to the hit Netflix series, Stranger Things! The never-before-told backstory of the beloved Dig Dug maven, Max Mayfield, written by New York Times bestselling author Brenna Yovanoff.

This must-read novel, based on the hit Netflix series, Stranger Things, explores Max’s past–the good and the bad–as well as how she came to find her newfound sense of home in Hawkins, Indiana.

Rights details

World rights: Random House (June 2019)

The Author

Brenna Yovanoff

Brenna Yovanoff has written a number of novels for teens (published by Razorbill and Delacorte) and holds an MFA in Fiction from Colorado State University. Her latest novel – THE PLACES NO ONE KNOWS – has received several accolades, and her debut – THE REPLACEMENT – hit the NYT bestseller list. 2019 has seen publication of  Brenna’s RUNAWAY MAX, the first YA novel set in the world of Stranger Things, the hit Netflix series.

For a long time she wrote short fiction with Maggie Stiefvater and Tessa Gratton, who together comprised the Merry Sisters of Fate.

She lives with her family in Denver, Colorado.


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