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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!…

Overall Book Review:

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!

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

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  1 mild obscenity

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

Sex/Nudity:  None

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An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!