In Astrid Maxxim and her Amazing Hoverbike, Austin Tretower is the new kid at school, but by the second book, he is firmly fixed as part of Astrid’s gang. He came to live with his grandmother in Maxxim City when his parents were killed in a car wreck. Austin is a little on the ungainly side and he is frequently distracted, losing his possessions and getting lost. He is very excited to have a friend who is a real live Maxxim, as his grandmother, a former Maxxim employee, has told him many tales of Astrid’s father when he was a boy.
By book 4, Austin is in the beginnings of a relationship with Robot Valerie. Only time will tell whether the two of them will make it work.