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Stuart Horten (ten, but looks younger) is now the owner of a magician's workshop - except that without his Great-Uncle's Last Will and Testament, he can't actually prove it.Which is a problem, since someone else wants it as well; someone who has a lot of money.The workshop contains seven magnificent stage illusions, but when Stuart starts to investigate them, he discoversStuart Horten (ten, but looks younger) is now the owner of a magician's workshop - except that without his Great-Uncle's Last Will and Testament, he can't actually prove it.Which is a problem, since someone else wants it as well; someone who has a lot of money.The workshop contains seven magnificent stage illusions, but when Stuart starts to investigate them, he discovers that each is the gateway to a magical adventure, with a puzzle to solve, and a clue to extract.As the clues mount up, the adventures become riskier. Friendship is strained, and danger looms and Stuart has to decide what sort of prize he really, truly wants....

Title : Horten's Incredible Illusions: Magic, Mystery & Another Very Strange Adventure
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Horten's Incredible Illusions: Magic, Mystery & Another Very Strange Adventure Reviews

  • Danelle
    2018-10-23 03:28

    In the follow-up to Horten's Incredible Illusions: Magic, Mystery & a Strange Adventure Stuart Horten is now the owner of Teeny Tiny Tony Horten's magical workshop. There's just one thing - he doesn't have his great-uncle's will to prove it.The workshop consists of seven different illusions - a couple Stuart is already familiar with, but the others are a mystery to him. When the local museum agrees to house the illusions and put them on exhibit, Stuart is named 'junior curator' along with one of the Kingley triplets, his friend April. While preparing the exhibit for its opening, Stuart and April investigate the illusions. Stuart discovers that each illustion has two purposes - one is to be a stage illusion. As soon as he figures out how to work the stage illusion, he realizes that the second purpose of each illusion is to house a gateway to a magical place. Each magical place is holding a clue to the whereabouts of his great-uncle's will. Stuart and April must work quickly to find the clues and get the will because they aren't the only ones who want the illusions.Horten's Incredible Illusions: Magic, Mystery & Another Very Strange Adventure is another fun read for that mid-level elementary reader. Again, the scavenger-hunt-like quality of the mystery will keep you engaged. Readers will enjoy travelling to the magical places with Stuart and figuring out the puzzles for the clues. This book delves more into Stuart's family and new town and Stuart has to make more decisions re: loyalty and friendship this time around. In a word it's charming; just a charming children's read.

  • Jessica Harrison
    2018-09-30 23:38

    Read full review at Cracking the CoverInterview with Lissa EvansThe follow-up to “Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms,” “Horten’s Incredible Illusions” is just as delightful as its predecessor. Like the illusions in this book there’s more to author Lissa Evans’ characters than meets the eye. They are quirky and compelling and the perfect partners to take readers on this adventure. Once again, the writing is easily accessible, fast-paced and absorbing.“Horten’s Incredible Illusions” is the perfect book to spark any reader’s imagination. In combination with “Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms,” it would make a great gift for the spunky young reader in your life.

  • Jenni
    2018-10-04 22:30

    I loved Small Change For Stuart and was looking forward to reading about Stuart’s next adventure. I wasn’t disappointed, this book is full of magic and mystery as he and April search for his Great-Uncle’s will to prove Stuart is the rightful owner of the magician’s workshop. I liked the way some of the minor characters got a bigger part to play in this book, particularly the other two triplets and Stuart’s dad. I really enjoyed the tasks Stuart had to complete and the worlds they were set in, Evans clearly has a wonderful imagination. A lovely middle grade read.

  • Carl Nelson
    2018-10-01 23:10

    A gem of a book that combines a compulsively readable story, intriguing puzzles, well-conceived characters, and a thoroughly satisfying conclusion. Even better than the first volume of the series, which set the bar high. The plot engages the reader's brain throughout, offering inventive solutions to the problems that Stuart and his friends the Kingley triplets face. The minor characters are well-crafted with a lot of depth, and Stuart's dad has some of the wittiest dialog to be found in a children's book. This is a read that brings smile after smile for adults or children.

  • Melissa Jacobson
    2018-09-26 21:11

    This was a solid and cute finale to an absolutely charming duology. I still prefer book one but this was adorable and fun regardless and I totally recommend this series if you want a fun, magical realism/mystery book that is beyond adorable.My Booktalk - https://youtu.be/1c-jmBEW96U

  • Alexandra
    2018-09-24 20:38

    Du hast meine Werkstatt gefunden, aber willst du sie auch behalten?Inhalt:Der - leider etwas kleine - Stuart Horten ist zufrieden, hat er doch endlich die magische Werkstatt seines Onkels Kenny, dem ehemals berühmten Zauberer "Klitzekleiner Kenny", gefunden. Die fantastischen Bühnen-Apparate wurden in Beatons hiesiges Museum untergebracht, bis man sich darüber einig ist, wem diese wunderlichen Gerätschaften nun tatsächlich gehören und was mit ihnen passieren soll. Und außerdem ist es ja auch ein Stück Stadtgeschichte.Der Museumsdirektor plant kurzfristig eine kleine Ausstellung der Apparate und bittet Stuart um seine Mithilfe. Schließlich hat dieser sich ja schon genauer mit Onkel Kennys magischer Vergangenheit befasst.Und so eröffnet die Ausstellung "Klitze-Kleiner Kennys kurioses Kabinett" - mit Stuart als Junior-Kurator!Seine Aufgabe ist es, herauszufinden, welche Magischen Geheimnisse diese Apparate bergen und wie sie funktionieren und sie den interessierten Bürgern von Beaton zu erklären.Gleich beim ersten Gegenstand macht Stuart eine verblüffende Entdeckung. Er findet einen sechs-zackigen Stern und eine Botschaft von Onkel Kenny. "Du hast meine Werkstatt gefunden, aber willst du sie auch behalten? [...] Wenn du wirklich der Besitzer dieser Illusionen werden willst, dann benutze den Stern, um die Buchstaben zu finden, und wenn du alle sechs gefunden hast, werden sie ...." Seite 38 Ja, was werden sie? Stuart ist erschüttert, denn der Rest der Nachricht ist nicht mehr richtig zu entziffern. Was wollte Kenny ihm hier noch mitteilen? Stuart muss es herausfinden.Ein neues Rätsel und ein neues spannendes Abenteuer warten auf Stuart und seine Freundin April.Handlung & Charaktere:In "Stuart Horten. Sieben Rätsel und ein magischer Stern", der zweite Band einer Reihe, erzählt Lissa Evans das Abenteuer von dem kleinen Stuart Horten weiter. Die Geschehnisse gehen nahtlos über und Stuart rasselt quasi von einem großen magischen und auch faszinierend spannenden Abenteuer ins nächste. An seiner Seite natürlich seine neugewonnene Freundin April, eine der Nachbars-Drillinge. Gemeinsam studieren die beiden die magischen Apparate und lassen sich in fremde Welten katapultieren.Frau Evans ist ihrem Schreib- und Erzählstil aus dem ersten Teil erfreulicherweise sehr treu geblieben. Da das Buch für Kinder ab 10 Jahren geeignet ist, sind die Sätze kurz und verständlich gehalten. Auch die Kapitel sind angenehm kurz und überfordern daher das lesende Kind nicht. Lesepausen können daher problemlos immer nach einigen Seiten gehalten werden. Auch die Sprache / Ausdrucksweise ist sehr verständlich. Einzig Stuarts Vater zeigt sich wieder von seiner besten Seite, was das Verwenden von mehrsilbigen Wörtern betrifft, denn dies ist seine große Leidenschaft. Aber hier muss man sich keine Sorgen machen, die passende "Übersetzung" wird immer direkt mitgeliefert. Die Autorin hat in diesem zweiten Teil ein größeres Augenmerk auf den Vater gerichtet, seinen Charakter ausgeprägter dargestellt und so lernt man einen sehr sympathischen, tollpatschigen und wahnsinnig liebevollen Familienvater kennen. "Denkst du, es würde das gegenseitige Kolloquium vereinfachen, wenn ich experieren würde, in einer weniger vielsilbigen Art zu sprechen?", fragte er. Stuarts Vater, Seite 139 Die neunmalklugen Drillinge April, May und June sorgen auch hier wieder dafür, dass Stuarts Nerven etwas überstrapaziert werden, aber hier ist der Autorin wunderbar gelungen, die Werte der Freundschaft und des Zusammenhalts schön hervorzuheben und den kleinen Lesern auf spannende Weise zu vermitteln.Abenteuer, Mut, Freundschaft und eine große Portion Magie - Stuarts Leben ist erneut voller Spannung und er wächst an seinen Aufgaben.... Mein persönliches Fazit :Auch der zweite Teil "Sieben Rätsel und ein magischer Stern" hat mich wieder vollkommen begeistert und in seinen magischen Bann gezogen. Eine Erzählung, die geradezu strotzt vor Abenteuer und Magie, wird kleine Leser fesseln und begeistern. Ein optimales Buch, dass einlädt, unter der Bettdecke heimlich mit der Taschenlampe weiterzulesen, weil es doch so schön spannend ist. :-)Diese Reihe ist eine wunderbare Geschenkidee für kleine und grosse abenteuerlustige Leseratten und begeistert sicher Jungs und Mädchen gleichermaßen.Aber Achtung, da dies eine weiterfolgende Reihe ist, unbedingt mit Teil 1 beginnen.© Rezension: Alexandrabuecherkagffee.blogspot.de

  • Wrighty
    2018-10-19 01:29

    This sequel was another delightful journey into the magical world of Stuart Horten. I was so impressed with the first book and was thrilled to see the creativity continued here. In Stuart's previous adventure he was able to discover the location of his late uncle's magic tricks but now he is trying to uncover how they work and where the will is hidden. His neighbor and friend, April, is again his loyal sidekick. And he is lucky to have her because he cannot solve these mysteries alone. The puzzles are complicated and dangerous. Stuart has more to learn but more to lose. As Stuart becomes more acquainted with his new home the reader also discovers more about his new surroundings. All of the characters are quirky and interesting. Stuart's parents are a bit odd but loving. The triplets are very odd but much more likeable and involved in this book. And of course, every adventure needs a villian! This one has a few and they keep our heroes on their toes. The mysterious magic tricks are another character all by themselves. With names like the Cabinet of Blood, the Reappearing Rose Bower and the Book of Peril the reader knows that Stuart and friends have a rough journey ahead. Filled with action, intrigue and more danger than the first book, this story is sure to challenge the mind of young readers and provide entertainment for all ages. I truly hope this charming series continues! Thank you to Sterling Publishing for an ARC to review.

  • Jessica
    2018-09-22 19:36

    I won a free copy through First Reads.This was a fantastic follow up to Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms. I really like Stuart and think he's a wholesome character. The puzzles and obstacles in this book were more difficult and thought provoking for the characters, which I enjoyed immensely. Apart from Stuart's dad's crossword vocabulary, the book is written at a level perfect for the middle graders it's geared toward. I have to wonder if there really were a crossword created by this man, would I stand a chance? I like that more of the characters were involved in solving the puzzles this time around. April's sisters, May and June, are more developed in this book and are more than just names thrown around. The best part about a book for middle grade readers is that the kids don't lose to the big, bad adults. (view spoiler)[Of course the evil Jeannie Carr couldn't leave things alone even after being thrown back in time. Setting her granddaughter out to get revenge on Stuart and April, she still falls short of achieving her thieving goals. My favorite part of the book is when reporter Rowena Allsop is knocked into a puddle of dog pee by a flying Rod Felton after he triggers the mechanism on one of the stage illusions. (hide spoiler)] Any kid can appreciate getting one over on the adults that are trying to punish them.I really hope that this will not be the last adventure for Stuart Horten.

  • Brenda
    2018-09-25 02:34

    Horten’s Incredible Illusions picks up where Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms leaves off. The illusions Stuart found stored in the bandstand are moved to the museum for preservation and 10-year-old Stuart Horten is given a job curating his uncle’s magical contraptions. Stuart and April (the one of the April, May, June triplets who is serious about uncovering a mystery) are charged with naming and describing these illusions. They give them enticing names like “The Cabinet of Blood,” and “The Book of Peril,” but the magical devices each hold a secret – a secret that must be revealed in order to find Uncle Tony’s long-lost will. Once activated, the contraptions spirit Stuart and his friend April away to other realms, where their wits and their friendship are tested. “So maybe that’s how it works,” said April. “We find how the trick operates – the switch or the swivel or the lock or the handle or whatever – and that’s where the Magic Star goes.”She gave a bounce of excitement. “So let’s get going! This is the next one, isn’t it? The next adventure.”There’s more going on in this story than illusion and adventure – maybe illusions work by knowing what people will look for instead of seeing what is actually there. What is the difference between seeing and observation? How often to you slow down enough to notice how you might help those around you? When you finish reading Horten’s Incredible Illusions the magic will stick with you. You’ll be hoping for more.

  • Charlie
    2018-10-12 22:37

    Horten’s Incredible Illusions by Lissa Evans is a magical follow up book to Horten’s Miraculous Mechanism. It is a great book that was originally published in 2012. You should definitely read the first book before reading this. The first book sets the whole stage for the second. This follow up book has to do with the actions in the first book about Stuart Horten (10, but looks younger), great uncle Tony who was a magician by the name of Teeny-Tiny Tony Horton. Stuart (10, but looks younger) is the owner of a magician's workshop. But without his great uncle's will, can not prove it. He has 7 different illusions to look through for the will. Horten’s Incredible Illusions and the first book Horten’s Miraculous Mechanism both were great stories. They were easy to follow and very interesting with fun characters. I really liked how the author always was a couple steps ahead of you when writing. It is an easy read that will keep you entertained. I really like how the author wrote one step ahead, but making sure you could still understand what is going on. I loved to read this, so far 2 book series, a lot and hope that Lissa Evans will write another follow up book. Stuart Horten and April Kingley, the main characters have allowed his book to flourish with creativity. So go out and get a copy of these great books.

  • Teresa
    2018-10-04 22:39

    Big Change for Stuart is the sequel to Small Change for Stuart and they both revolve around the adventures of 10 year old, short for his age, Stuart Horten (S.Horten..). Suitable for confident male and female readers from about 7 years and over, this makes a pleasant change from the sparkly, pony/unicorn/fairy/wizard, adventures which are usually targeted at this age group. The result is an intelligently written adventure story which has an old-fashioned ring to it but still translates well into the modern, technological era.The characters are likeable and interesting. Stuart is a curious young boy, keen to investigate the legacy of his Great Uncle who was a stage magician. He is accompanied on his adventures by his intrepid companion April as they solve the mysteries surrounding each piece of magical apparatus used during his Great Uncle's stage act. Another engaging character is Stuart's father who has tendency to use multisyllabic words - his job as a crossword compiler tends to hinder rather than aid his communication skills!The book is split into short, snappy chapters and set out like a series of puzzles which will appeal to many young children. Even though this is a sequel, it can be read as a stand-alone but of course you will immediately want to read the first book anyway!Highly recommended for children with inquiring minds who enjoy a touch of magic.

  • Kelly Knapp
    2018-09-30 23:37

    Poor Stuart (aged 10, but looks younger). What do you get when you combine magical illusions, a set of identical triplet junior reporters, and one accident prone boy? Horten's Incredible Illusions is the answer.Follow Stuart as he learns how to use the magical illusions that his great-uncle left in a secret room under the bandstand, which collapsed. Having moved all of the items to the local museum, the curator offers a junior curator position to Stuart, hoping the move will bring in more patrons. Stuart accepts the position, even though he has already accidentally damaged another of the museums displays.As Stuart begins to learn more about the items left by his great-uncle, he and his friend, April, begin having adventures. I won't describe them as it would then contain spoilers. Suffice it to say that before the end, Stuart must allow April's sisters to help out and adventures abound.I love the "badges" given to Stuart and April. And for some reason, one of the best lines (for me) came from the triplet's father, who compares raising girls to boys, making it clear that the triplets are a handful, as if we hadn't already figured that one out.This is a great read for kids from 8 to 98...I won this book through Goodreads First Reads Program!

  • Laura
    2018-10-01 21:21

    This is one of those books that will definitely suffer if you haven't read the first book, Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms. Continuing the story, Stuart Horten (10, but looks younger) and April (also 10) start to look at the incredible magical tricks that Stuart's uncle, Tiny Tiny Tony Horton, left: somewhere in there is his will, indicating who should inherit the tricks. Using a combination of luck, observation and puzzle-solving, the two explore the various tricks, figuring out how they work and and going on some incredible adventures (again). Adding to their stress is Rowena Allsopp, the Midland's marvelous reporter and Miss Edie Carr, an old, amazingly Rich (with a capital R) woman who wants to buy the tricks because her grandmother wanted her to - never mind that her grandmother died before the tricks were even invented.This is one for the Benedict Society crowd, with the added bonus of vocabulary building (it's funnier than that sounds).ARC provided by publisher.

  • Lori
    2018-09-28 03:21

    This a very enjoyable companion book to the first Horten adventure. It had been a while since I read the first book, so it took me a bit to reorient myself with the premise - Stuart has discovered his Great Uncle Tony's long-disappeared magic tricks and needs to find Tony's will to prove they belong to him. Similar to the first book, Stuart has to solve riddles and puzzles on a variety of magical adventures (with the very engaging and entertaining triplets, April, May and June). There is great word play throughout, especially with Stuart's father and the museum director. I love the little descriptive details too - especially the pins the museum director gives to Stuart and April.I will recommend this to late elementary & early middle school students who enjoy adventures, puzzles, solving mysteries, and humor. There is no offensive language, romance, or real violence (some dangerous situations, but nothing scary) which makes this a good read

  • Victoria Whipple
    2018-09-27 22:18

    Stuart Horten is back, and he's still trying to solve the puzzle left by his great-uncle, Teeny Tiny Tony Horten. Tiny was a magician, a long time ago. He mysteriously disappeared, and his secrets disappeared with him. Enter Stuart, who has moved back to the town Tiny lived in. Along with his neighbor, Stuart follows the clues left in Tiny's contraptions that were used in his magic shows. It turns out they actually transport people through time and space. But Stuart and his friend follow clues, survive harrowing adventures, and figure it all out, despite being discouraged by an unknown elderly woman and her lawyer. Stuart is a likeable hero, made even more likeable because he overcomes his shortcomings (you'll get the pun when you read the book.) His sidekick in the adventures (as well as her 2 sisters) bring added interest to the plot, which moves at a fast pace. Thoroughly enjoyable and very well written, a fun read for children gr. 3-7.

  • Robyn
    2018-10-01 02:13

    Just as much fun as the first Stuart Horten book, which is a feat in sequels, really. The book begins almost immediately after the previous leaves off (within 2 weeks) and Stuart and April haven't had any of those sudden inexplicable bursts of growth that sometimes happen in a second book written some time after the first. The type of adventure is somewhat different from the previous installment, but the puzzles have the same feel to them and are just as much fun to read and to follow along with. It's impossible to tell whether Evans plans to continue with more adventures in Beeton, or whether this is all there will be for Stuart and April. It would be too bad if there were no further novels along this line, but I can certainly understand that there's only so far she can go with Great Uncle Tony's magic. Worth reading and visually the books are both quite nice.

  • Ardra
    2018-10-07 02:13

    I will forever treasure reading this book and its sequel aloud with Ethan. He *adores* these books. He started out begrudgingly reading one paragraph every two pages, to taking over and reading pages at a time before he would remember he had read much farther than the required amount. Then we came up with a game where we would stop mid-word, and the other would try to take over as fluidly as possible. These books are great, clean, magical, childhood adventures. The protagonist is trying to solve the mystery of his magician ancestor and his magical props. He has to solve a series of problems and riddles, and learns to rely on his female neighbor, an identical triplet that he first finds extremely annoying at first, for help. Valuable life lessons are learned. The father uses words that even most adults will often not know!

  • colleen the convivial curmudgeon
    2018-10-06 23:20

    This is a cute little following up to Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery & a Very Strange Adventure - the illusions that were found by Stuart in the first book now send him and April on a new quest filled with magic and mystery.Both Stuart and April grow as people, and also as friends, and May and June and even Stuart's dad get brought along for the ride in this go around.Overall, it's a fairly simple story, really. Not exactly life changing or even particularly memorable, to be honest, but charming and worth the read. It wraps up the story well, and I don't think there's another in the series.

  • Jenn M
    2018-09-26 00:32

    The second book in the series by Lissa Evans finds our hero Stuart Horten appointed the museum's youth curator for his great uncle's fantastical magic devices. Join Stuart on his adventures of trying to determine the secret location of Uncle Tony's will. In what strange places will Stuart find himself? Will he ever be able to tell the three next-door triplets apart? Will his dad ever use "normal" words to communicate with others? The answers to these and many other fun questions await you in Horten's Incredible Illusions. While the action of this book follows after the plot of the first book (Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms), this book could stand alone. Enjoyable from start to finish. I hope there is a third book to the series in the works.

  • Karyl
    2018-09-30 02:17

    I should have known this was a sequel, given that the word "Another" is in the title, but alas, I read this one first. Even still, I was charmed by this lovely little novel. Stuart, a 10-year-old boy who looks younger, has recently moved to a new town. He's also recently found his great-uncle's illusions, and he needs to complete all of the adventures associated with them with the help of his trusty and plucky friend April, one of a set of triplets with the names May and June. Fun, interesting, and not all that predictable, which is refreshing for an adult reading juvenile fiction. Thoroughly enjoyed.

  • Debra
    2018-09-24 22:31

    The second book continues Horten's adventures with his uncle's magic tricks. These large tricks have been moved to the Beeton Museum for display. He and his friend, April, explore the tricks and find themselves in various settings where they must solve the rather dangerous puzzles in order to return to their home location. At the end of solving each problem they see a letter clue that is to help them find Uncle Teeny Tiny Horten's will so that they can hold on to ownership of the tricks. The puzzles are engaging, the danger level is just right, the friendship blossoms and Stuart finds himself learning much about himself in the process.

  • Lucretia
    2018-10-02 00:34

    This was such a fun adventurous book! It was an absolute joy to read. Stuart Horten and April have some wonderfully exciting magical times as they try to solve the mystery of Stuart’s Great Uncle Tony’s hidden will. I loved the individual journey’s that make up the whole mystery. It was fantastically written with a great pace. The characters were engaging and extremely likable. What I was most impressed with was the imagery, I was so pleased with the descriptions of the mystical places- I could actually see myself there trying to help them solve the riddles. I highly recommend this to both children and adults.

  • Tara
    2018-10-19 22:32

    The second book of a series and oodles better than the first!! And the first was excellent as well! Read this aloud to my 4th grader, a recommendation to under 6th grade unless a very advanced reader. Even advanced readers for their age will get tripped up on vocabulary and dialogue essential to the story. And although the British has been "translated", much of the story and dialogue still contain traces, and it would be a shame for the funniest bits to get lost in translation. Favorite character is by far the dad. What a hoot!!Would be an excellent classroom read!

  • Elle Kay
    2018-10-22 00:14

    So, in my quest to discover the next best junior novels to recommend to the smaller adults that visit our library, I have now read the second book about Stuart Horten and his amazing magical adventures and I can confirm that Lissa Evans is consistently good at writing.It's got everything you want to find in a good adventure book: loyal friends, a small dog, magic, cunning, a bad guy who happens to be an arrogant female TV reporter, a good guy who happens to be a 10 year old boy, inventions, illusions and a ferocious guinea pig. Loads of fun for all ages.

  • Brianna
    2018-10-19 03:18

    Even though I prefer YA books, I can honestly say that I really enjoyed this middle grade selection. The only bad thing I have to say is that I now have to add the first book in the Stuart Horten series to my TBR list. I recommend this series for anyone who enjoyed The Mysterious Benedict Society. **Source: I received this book from Sterling Publishing as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. No matter how I obtain my books, I will always give my honest opinion in my reviews.

  • Laura
    2018-10-12 21:10

    Another fun Horten read. Great for young children and read-a-louds, I had a good time reading this one too. Very similar to the first book, but different enough to make it interesting. It begins just where the first book left off and I do think reading them in order is pretty important for these books, some things are explained but other things just reference. Chock full of mysterious puzzles, magic, and searching for a long lost will. I enjoyed how the dad was more involved in this book, he's a quirky guy.

  • Morninglight Mama
    2018-10-01 03:25

    Another hit, in my opinion! As in the first of the Horten's series, the magical adventures are fun and suspenseful without being frightening, and the characters continue to delight. This time around, Stuart has the opportunity to figure out the secrets behind each of his Great-Uncle Tony's mechanisms, and in turn, go on even more unimaginable trips that defy logic. These are the types of books that will capture young independent readers' minds and keep them turning the pages!

  • Janelle
    2018-09-25 19:20

    This is the perfect little series for young people, and the young- at- heart, to enjoy a clever adventure. I have loved this story from the very first line. It is so charming and funny and fantastically magical that you nearly wish you were a Kingley triplet so you could join in on the wonderful madness. Don't worry though, if you don't believe in magic it can merely be a strong hallucination and you can go on your way. But, what is life without magic? ;)

  • Becky
    2018-10-05 20:32

    'Incredible Illusions' is a sequel and a much better, more inventive book than the first. This time Stuart must solve a puzzle within each trick that is left to him by his great Uncle. Stuart is transported to a different magical place and upon completion he sees a letter clue which ultimately spells out the location of a will. His neighbor April Kingley (one of the neighbor triplets along with May and June) accompanies him cracking many of the tricks.

  • Larisa
    2018-09-26 19:28

    I read this book and its predecessor, "Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms," with my 8-year-old son. They are exactly the kind of book I loved as a child, and love even now. Magic, mystery, and in this book especially, some unexpected comic mayhem. After reading it with my son and tucking him in for the night, I would go to my room to read my grown-up book but secretly wish I could keep reading this one. He enjoyed it as well. Highly recommend to readers of all ages!