Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms - Magic, Mystery, and a Very Strange AdventureI read this book with Papa J Funk, so he’s helping me with this post. You can tell what I, Papa J Funk, am saying by what’s written in green. Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms is about a ten-year-old boy named Stuart Horten. He and his family move to a small town where his father grew up. Soon he discovers that where he lives is a special place because his great Uncle was a magician named Teeny Tiny Tony Horten. But Tony Horten disappeared almost fifty years ago and nobody knew where he left his magical workshop. Stuart and his new friend April (an identical triplet whose sisters are named May and June – get it? April, May, June?) work together following clues left by his great Uncle Tony to find his secret workshop. They go on a mystery-solving scavenger hunt all over town, sneaking into museums, avoiding a mean old crazy magician lady, all while under Stuart’s parents’ noses.

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I think this book was really fun to read because it took you along on the journey the author, Lissa Evans, made for Stuart. I particularly like the scavenger hunt aspect of the book. I thought it was cool trying to figure out what all of the clues meant. As far as mysteries go, this is one of the better ones I’ve read in a while. If you like books with mysteries and problem solving, you might like to read Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms.

One other aspect that makes this different than other mysteries, is that it has a bit of a magical twist to it. I think it’s cool how the magic and the mystery mix together all as one. To top it off, there’s some great humor, especially with Stuart’s father who creates crossword puzzles and therefore speaks using words that you’d only see deep in a thesaurus.

There’s also a sequel called Horten’s Incredible Illusions. We’ll probably read that one together soon.

I hope you had fun reading this post.

I had fun writing it.

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Book Information:

  • Reading Level: Grade 3-6
  • Interest: Age 8-12
  • Pages: 270
  • Pictures: none
  • Main Characters: A ten-year-old British boy named Stuart Horten (who is so short, he is often mistaken for an eight-year-old)
  • Genre: Mystery, Adventure, Suspense, Magic, Humor, Fiction

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