Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms by Lissa Evans
Magic, Mystery, & a Very Strange Adventure

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Enter a wonderful world filled with real magic, mystery, and danger.
As if being small and having S. Horten as his name isn't bad enough, now 10-year-old Stuart is forced to move far away from all his friends.But on his very first day in his new home, Stuart's swept up in an extraordinary adventure: the quest to find his great-uncle Tony--a famous magician who literally disappeared off the face of the earth--and Tony's marvelous, long-lost workshop. Along the way, Stuart reluctantly accepts help from the annoying triplets next door… and encounters trouble from another magician who's also desperate to get hold of Tony's treasures.
A quirky, smart, charming page-turner, Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms will enchant young readers--as well as teachers, librarians, and parents.  Long-listed for the Carnegie Medal (2012) and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize (2011)
 

About Lissa Evans

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Lissa Evans's route to children's fiction author is perhaps as roundabout as Stuart's adventures in Beeton. After a brief career as a doctor of medicine and then in stand-up comedy, Lissa became a comedy producer, first in radio and then in television, before turning to writing. She has penned books for adults as well as picture books for children. This is her first middle-grade novel. Lissa lives with her family in North London.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Sterling Children's Books. 272 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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Previously, in Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms (2012), he discovered the hiding place of his Great-Uncle Tony's magic-making paraphernalia—stage equipment from his magic show.

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(He joyfully tosses around hundred-dollar words like "prestidigitator" and "perambulation.") Stuart quickly discovers the long-abandoned home of his great uncle Teeny-Tiny Tony Horton, a famous magician who disappeared 50 years before, and the puzzle box left to his incurious father.

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Evans borrows several classic tropes and themes—magic, riddles, a quest, and even a night at a museum—for the entertaining story of 10-year-old Stuart Horten (often nicknamed “Shorten” for his small stature) who stumbles into a family mystery when he and his parents move to the small Brit...

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Stuart finds some of Tony’s coins, along with a note, and so sets out to find his uncle no matter what the cost.

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In this edition of Kids' Maximum Shelf--the monthly Shelf Awareness feature that focuses on an upcoming title that we love and believe will be a great handselling opportunity for booksellers everywhere--we present Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms by Lissa Evans, which goes on sale on April 3, 2012.

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Poor 10-year-old Stuart Horten must move to his father's hometown in order to be near his mother's new job.

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