Title: The Magic Misfits
Author: Neil Patrick Harris
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: November 21, 2017
Pick a number. Any number. Now subtract one. Now multiply by two. This is the first part of a “mind-reading” magic trick. To learn the rest, you’ll have to read The Magic Misfits. This is a book about somebody who doesn’t want to be the person who he’s been raised to be; a thief without a place to call home or anyone who really cares about him. Carter is an orphan who gets fed up with his uncle, Sly Mike, and goes looking for a fresh start. Along the way, he meets a magic shop owner, Mr. Vernon, and a few other misfits and his luck begins to turn around Unfortunately, it will take all their wits and talents to foil B.B. Bosso’s scheme to steal the world’s largest diamond. I liked this book because it’s a sweet story and it included instructions for doing a lot of magic tricks. It’s supposed to be the first in a trilogy. It doesn’t really have a final, heartfelt “ta-da” moment, but it’s about accepting your differences and using your differences to become the best you possible. I think fans of books like the Mysterious Benedict Society and Mr. Lemoncello’s library will like this book. It’s good for all ages. I’d give it 4 out of a 5 star rating.