Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms: Book Review

February 12th, 2014 by

hortens-miraculous-mechanismsThe subtitle for Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms by Lissa Evans is: “Magic, Mystery & a Very Strange Adventure.” And that pretty much says it all! Don’t you want to run out and get this book right now?

Okay, maybe you want to know a little more about it first. Fine:

Stuart Horten and his parents move to a miserable small town and Stuart is, understandably, miserable. But then he learns about his great-uncle Tony, a magician who mysteriously disappeared from that small town without a trace — but not without leaving a puzzle for the right kind of nephew to solve. Could that be Stuart? He’s definitely going to try!

I highly recommend this book to fans of the Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch, All the Wrong Questions by Lemony Snicket, and The Puzzling World of Winston Breen by Erin Berlin.

But really, I recommend this book to anyone and everyone! How can you go wrong when a book involves:

  • The search for a hidden magician workshop
  • Evil rival magicians
  • Codes and puzzles
  • Nosy triplet neighbors

Have YOU read Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms or its sequel, Horten’s Incredible Illusions? Leave a comment with your thoughts or send in a review!

Also, I’m kinda curious: What’s your favorite magic trick? Tell me in the comments!

— Karen

Karen sometimes gets nervous during magic shows, but she always likes a good card trick.

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