The Adventures of Max and Levi: The Alpha League Series by Portia Smith and Michael Johnson Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Two young boys discover the power of friendship, understanding, and hope in the face of bullying in authors Portia Smith and Michael Johnson’s “The Adventures of Max and Levi”, the first in the Alpha League series.

The Synopsis

The heroic “The Alpha League” book series follows five unlikely kids who become friends and heroes in their community. In the first book of the series, “The Adventures of Max and Levi,” Max learns an intriguing technique to handle a bully in school. This book will help kids build the confidence they need to deal with bullies and encourages children to react when they see their friends being bullied.


The Review

A fantastic and creative read for children and parents alike! The authors did a brilliant job of crafting a relatable and educational read. The characters Max and Levi felt like characters that children would be able to relate to, and the theme of friendship and overcoming bullying were well illustrated in the narrative.

Although a quick read, this children’s book felt like a great balance of theme and artwork that spoke to the reader. The way the book illustrated a cast of characters that were primarily people of color was great to see, as it allowed a wider audience to relate to children around the world, and emphasized the theme of standing up to bullying a great deal. 

The Verdict

A heartfelt, expertly crafted, and engaging children’s story, authors Portia Smith and Michael Johnson’s “The Adventures of Max and Levi” is a must-read children’s book and a great start to the authors Alpha League series. The inspiring messages and warmth found in the characters and the artwork will create a bonding experience with parents and their children and is not to be missed. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy of this book today!

Rating: 10/10


About the Author

Michael Johnson is an author, artist, public service worker, and devoted father. Michael was born and raised in Fort Valley, GA. Michael is a graduate of Peach County High School, where he accelerated in honors literature. Michael attended Fort Valley State University, where he would continue to write and tutor other students on writing essays. Michael never considered writing professionally until 2020, when he teamed up with his friend and now business partner Portia Smith to form PSMJ books.  The pair recognized the need for relatable literature for minority kids and wrote The Adventures of Max and Levi, the first installment of the Alpha League book series. When Michael is not writing books, he’s writing and producing songs. Michael is the Ceo of Iyah Wise Music LLC, which he founded in 2020.



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