Genius mastermind Max Corrigan is the the world’s best (and possibly first?) life coach for middle schoolers—a Ferris Bueller for the tween set. Using his never-ending arsenal of schemes, scams, tips, and tricks, he can help anybody survive and thrive in the middle school jungle.

The Secrets to Ruling School series charts Max’s exploits as he helps YOU, the reader, navigate your way through your first week of school (book 1) and your attempts to win the class presidency (book 2). And, wherever Max goes, hilarity ensues.


Amulet Books


Middle Grade

Book #1

It’s the first week of middle school, i.e., the Worst Place in the Entire World. How do you survive in a place where there are tough kids twice your size, sadistic teachers, and restrictions that make jail look like a five-star resort? Easy: with the help of Max Corrigan, middle school “expert” and life coach. Let Max teach you how to win over not just one, but all of the groups in school, from the Preps to the Band Geeks. Along the way, Max offers surefire advice and revealing tips on how to get through universal middle school experiences like gym class, detention, faking sick, dealing with jocks and bullies, and acing exams (without getting caught cheating).

Book #2

Middle school expert Max Corrigan is back in the second book of this hilarious middle-grade series, and he wants YOU to run for class president. The competition is fierce, but luckily, you’ve got a killer campaign manager on your side. With Max’s help, you’ll conquer all the steps of running for office and winning votes, including advertisements, endorsements, campaign speeches, and more. Along the way, you’ll learn more essential skills for thriving in middle school, including making a viral video, trading your lunch in the school cafeteria, and putting a positive spin on any situation.

A Book Trailer Worth Voting For

Any politician worth his or her salt needs a kickin’ ad campaign. For the release of Class Election, I wrote, directed, and animated this fun trailer.

An Epic Website

Max Corrigan runs his own business. As such, he needs his own website! I built a site for Max as if he was the owner and it actually belonged to him. Since his web address is mentioned in the first book, it made sense that kids might be tempted to visit it—and they certainly have!

Max Corrigan:

For All Your Middle School Needs