Cynthia Voigt, Alfred A. Knopf, January 23, 2013, 367 pages
William and Mary Starling are Max's parents. They are both actors and like to be theatrical, even when they are not on stage. William loves adventures, and is very outgoing. Mary usually doesn't get noticed by people, and she goes along with whatever her husband does.
Aurora Nives (Grammie), is Max's grandmother and Mary's mom. She is the city librarian and a former grade school teacher. Grammie took care of Max a lot when he was little. She is the person who he can always count on. Grammie is also very bossy.
Pia Bendiff is Max's part time assistant. She is around Max's age and goes to Hilliard School. Pia gets bullied because kids don't like her ideas and they think they are better than her because her father sells beer, but he also has other businesses. Which is why they are rich. Pia is spirited, clever, and stubborn.
Ari Barthold is Max's tutor and tenant. He is also a university student, and the next Baron Barthold. Ari did not want to be the Baron. He wanted to be independent from his family. Ari is very kind and helpful.
This quote is important to the story, because this is why Max tries to live own his own and have a job. He wants to be independent just like his father said a twelve year old could be.