Horten’s Incredible Illusions

by Jennifer


Last month I fell in love with Stuart Horten and the other delightful characters in Lissa Evans Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms. I couldn’t wait to read the second in the series, and I hoped that it would hold up, because there’s always the danger that the second one won’t. Please click through to read my review of that first book to see why I love Horten so much. And keep reading here to see if the sequel lives up to the 5-Star standard set by that one.

There are ways in which Horten’s Incredible Illusions: Magic, Mystery & Another Very Strange Adventure is better than the first. There’s more excitement and adventure which is something that always make a book better to my kids. However I do think that it lacks some of the charm that made me fall head over heels with the characters in the first one. Since I had read the first book, the warm feelings carried through, if that makes sense, but for that reason and to insure that you get the whole background of the fun story, I’d definitely recommend that you read the first one first.

In Horten’s Incredible Illusions, we get more of April (and even May and June), the nosy triplet girls next door who make perfect partners to Horten’s plans (even if he wouldn’t necessarily agree).

This book picks up pretty much exactly where the first one left off. Uncle Tony’s illusions have been found and are on display at the Beeton Museum. Stuart has been asked to be a junior curator, and of course April is there beside him every step of the way to cover the story. As they are trying to figure out the magic tricks, they uncover a message from Uncle Tony that they have to decipher. On top of that, Stuart gets a strange call from someone wanting to buy the tricks. But first, Stuart has to find Uncle Tony’s will to prove him the rightful owner.

Finding the will requires mastering each illusion, and when he does that, he’s transported to a magic place where he has to solve a puzzle to get back out and also to collect a part of the clue.

This is a story full of action and suspense, surprises, suspending reality and lots of magic. I highly recommend these two books to lovers of middle-grade fiction of all ages.

You can buy this book now on amazon or at Barnes and Noble.

I’m happy to report that the publisher has offered one of you a chance to win Horten’s Incredible Illusions (U.S. shipping addresses only). Just leave a comment below, and we’ll announce the winner in our giveaway column on September 5. The giveaway is closed.

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Jennifer Donovan still enjoys reading middle grade fiction, and will probably continue to enjoy it even after she doesn’t have a middle-grade reader in her house. Now that her daughter is in high school and has left the demographic, she’s pleased to share books like this with her 3rd grade son. She blogs at Snapshot.

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Jennifer lives in Houston with her family. In addition to reading, she enjoys travel, Bible study, food, and fun. She blogs about some of these things -- when her nose isn't in a book -- at Snapshot.

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Leilani August 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Oooh, this sounds like a book my son would like. Thanks for the review and giveaway!


2 Cindi August 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Triplets? I love it. My mom was one of triplets
that were born in 1920~
This book sounds delightful…
Many thanks, Cinid


3 Anne August 22, 2012 at 5:42 pm

An ideal book for my grandson. thanks for this giveaway.


4 Jennifer September 4, 2012 at 10:42 pm


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5 Angel S. August 22, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Sounds perfect for my son! Thanks!!


6 Tammy Gordon August 22, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Sounds like a good book


7 Jessica T August 22, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Sounds like a good read


8 Chris August 23, 2012 at 12:53 am

I bet my rising middle schoolers would love this!


9 Amy August 23, 2012 at 9:59 am

Yep! Sign me up!

By the way, should I have already received my prize copy of Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms? I haven’t, and it sounds like just the thing for me to read right now!


10 Christine W August 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm

My son would love this…thanks for the chance!


11 Staci A August 28, 2012 at 1:24 pm

This sounds like a book my son would love to read with me!


12 Beth C August 30, 2012 at 8:55 pm

My grandson would enjoy this.


13 april yedinak September 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm

This looks like a book my son would love. Thanks for the giveaway.


14 nannypanpan September 3, 2012 at 11:04 pm

would be great for my nephew


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