Saturday, September 29, 2012

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"Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery & A Very Strange Adventure" (1st Book in the Series)

Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms is the first book in the Horten's series.  It is the book before Horten's Incredible Illusions.  I had read the second book before and I really liked it.  Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms is about a boy named Stuart who found his Great Uncle Tony's workshop.  He is new in the town of Beeton, the town where his Great Uncle Tony lived.  He moved into a house near his Great Uncle Tony's old house.  The book is about Stuart trying to find his Great Uncle's workshop.

While he is trying to find the workshop, Stuart is being hunted down by Jeannie, the Mayoress, and her magician student Clifford.  While he is being hunted down, Clifford and Jeannie find him at the Beeton Museum and they put the Fiendish Finger Hold on him.  The more he pulled, the more he sticked.  That is my favorite part of the book because I think it's really cool.  Another part of the book that I really like is when Stuart is in the museum before Jeannie and Clifford were spying on him.  He accidentally knocked over a stool that belonged to the milkmaid, cow, and horse sculptures, so they knocked into each other like dominoes.

I think this book would be good for ages 8 to 12.  It also would make a great movie.  I am very much looking forward to the third book in the series.

You can find Lissa Evans' book series at most major retailers of children's books.  Each hardcover book retails for $14.95.

Thank you to Sterling Publishing for providing a complimentary product sample for us to base this review upon.