Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery, and a Very Strange Adventure by Lissa Evans

Ten-year-old Stuart goes on an exciting adventure when he moves to his dad’s hometown during summer vacation and stumbles upon a mystery: his great Uncle Tony, a magician and inventor, disappeared without a trace 50 years ago and left clues to reveal the location of his hidden workshop with all his magical inventions. While following the clues, Stuart gets help from his nosy next door neighbors, triplets April, May, and June, and is pursued by another magician intent on stealing Uncle Tony’s inventions. The book is funny and fast-paced with quirky characters and clever solutions to the clues. Kids will enjoy the mystery and the puzzles. There is also a sequel that continues the adventure, Horten’s Incredible Illusions: Magic, Mystery, and Another Very Strange Adventure.

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