I was curious to read The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris as I have enjoyed watching the shows he has performed in for TV.
Genre: Children’s fiction
When street magician Carter runs away, he never expects to find friends and magic in a sleepy New England town. But like any good trick, things change instantly as greedy B.B. Bosso and his crew of crooked carnies arrive to steal anything and everything they can get their sticky fingers on.
After a fateful encounter with the local purveyor of illusion, Dante Vernon, Carter teams up with five other like-minded kids. Together, using both teamwork and magic, they’ll set out to save the town of Mineral Wells from Bosso’s villainous clutches. These six Magic Misfits will soon discover adventure, friendship, and their own self-worth in this delightful new series.
This is a perfect read for those tweens who love magic and adventure. The narrator speaks directly to the reader, inviting them to immerse themselves in the story – a story which is interrupted with explanations of magic tricks (which young magicians would adore). As I was reading the story, I could not help but think of some of my students who would enjoy the side narration given by the author of events and magic. Difficult words are seamlessly explained by Harris within the story and the teacher in me loves that the readers will learn new vocabulary. I could see this easily becoming a favourite of some young readers. It is fun, has humorous moments, and is a story of outcasts who become friends and save the day.
I give this novel ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars.
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018
(This novel was the 76th in my 50 book pledge for 2018)