Synopsis: From award-winning actor, Neil Patrick Harris, comes the magical first book in a new series with plenty of tricks up its sleeve. 

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 illusionists. 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. 

(Psst. Hey, you! Yes, you! Congratulations on reading this far. As a reward, I’ll let you in on a little secret… This book isn’t just a book. It’s a treasure trove of secrets and ciphers and codes and even tricks. Keep your eyes peeled and you’ll discover more than just a story–you’ll learn how to make your own magic!)

Release Date: 4th October 2018 (this version) 21st November 2017 (original version)

Format Read: Paperback

Genres: Middle Grade, Magic, Fantasy, Adventure, Friendship

Pages: 272

Review: When he finally gains his courage to leave his thieving uncle he hops a train and lands in the most perfect town he could arrive at. The carnival that is in town tries to recruit him for his slight of hand skills, but luckily he finds a group of other kids all into magic just like him and soon starts wanting to stay with them for good. 

I really enjoyed the characters in this book the misfits were a great group of unique but talented kids they all worked together to solve and stop what was going on. I loved the magic, it’s rare to find a book that uses trick magic as the magic they possess. 

The writing was basic and had an interesting way of telling the story, it had tricks and codes within the book as additional features. It also had some great illustrations throughout. 

Overall I enjoyed the book, I didn’t love it, but I enjoyed it. It’s an easy and simple read with a great story of budding friendship and learning to work together and believe in who you are.


Where to buy: Amazon UK, Amazon USA, Book Depository, Waterstones

About the Author: Neil Patrick Harris is an American actor, producer, director, magician, comedian and singer. He is best known for playing Barney Stinson in the television comedy series How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014), for which he was nominated for four Emmy Awards. As a child star he played the title character in Doogie Howser, M.D.(1989–1993). He is also known for his role as the title character in Joss Whedon’s musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog(2008) and a fictional version of himself in the Harold & Kumar film series (2004–2011). He has also appeared in the films Starship Troopers (1997), Beastly (2011), The Smurfs (2011), The Smurfs 2 (2013) and Gone Girl (2014). Harris was named as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2010, and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in September 2011. He has also hosted the Tony Awards on Broadway in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, for which he won several special class Emmy Awards. He also hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2009 and 2013, and will host the 87th Academy Awards in 2015. In 2014, he starred as the title role of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, for which he won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.


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