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Compass Book Ratings

Publisher's Note:  

This magical follow-up to Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms continues Stuart's amazing adventures--with more enchantment, more surprises, and more thrills. When we last left 10-year-old Stuart, he had just recovered his great-uncle Tony's long-lost magic workshop. Now all the priceless tricks are on display in the Beeton Museum--and Stuart is junior curator of the exhibit! But another mystery awaits Stuart: Where did the great magician hide his will? Only by entering the magic world of the workshop can he find the answer. But as the mechanisms whisk him off on increasingly incredible adventures, the puzzles become harder and harder to solve…and the stakes higher. With even more page-turning action, this second book in the exciting middle-grade series does a magic trick of its own: it's even better than the first!

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Sterling Publishing

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

by Lissa Evans

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Fans of Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms can rejoice as Stuart Horten returns in Lissa Evans' Horten's Incredible Illusions.  Most of the charming characters from the first book are back and those readers who wanted more of the triplets will get their wish.  The positive nature of the characters is one of this book's qualities that makes it such a rewarding read.  Also, Evan's style and voice make this book a timeless read.


It is probably best to read Horten's first adventure--Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms before his second adventure.  First, it would be tragic to deprive yourself of that fabulous read!  Second, Evans jumps right into Horten's Incredible Illusions without a lot of back story and the reader would probably miss a few connections.


Because Lissa Evans didn't take Stuart Horten down the expected path at the end of this book, I am quite curious to see where he goes next!

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Profanity/Language:  1 mild obscenity


Violence/Gore:  Characters receive a few bumps and minor injuries.


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Reviewed By Cindy
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