The Magic Misfits

The Magic Misfits

Book - 2017 | First Edition
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"Six young magicians and illusionists team up to save their small town from a crooked carnival owner and his goons"--
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2017
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780316391825
Branch Call Number: J FIC HARRI N
Additional Contributors: Marlin, Lissy
Hilton, Kyle
Azam, Alec


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Apr 16, 2021

Twelve-year-old Carter is used to hopping trains, sleeping in doorways and helping his Uncle Sly con folks on the street out of their hard-earned cash with the shell game or by performing minor magic tricks and distracting them while his uncle pickpockets them.

But he draws the line at stealing from them, himself. So when his uncle steals a diamond from the woman who runs the boarding house where they've stayed, of late, that's the final straw. He runs.

His uncle chases him to the rail yard, but Carter hops a train to Mineral Wells and Sly doesn't quite make it. When Carter gets off, he immediately enters B.B. Bosso's Carnival. He's hungry, tired and emotionally spent, but notices an amazing magician, Mr. Vernon, in his tux and top hat. Mr. Vernon offers Carter his card, an invitation to come to his magic shop, and a warning: steer clear of Bosso.

Carter gets caught rummaging around in a garbage can for food at the carnival, and Bosso offers him a place with the carnies. But Bosso has the same con-man feel as his Uncle Sly, and he wants none of that. He sleeps in the park and in the morning goes to Mr. Vernon's magic shop.

There he meets Leila, Mr. Vernon's adopted daughter, who's an escape artist dreaming of doing Houdini-esque feats. She introduces him to Theo, a private school kid who plays the violin and wears a tux all the time (and can levitate objects with his special violin bow) and Riley, who uses a wheelchair, and can perform feats of magic using color and words and all kinds of neat things.

Mr. Vernon is married to the Other Mr. Vernon, who's a chef at the Grand Oak Resort. They meet Izzy and Ozzy, who join the Magic Misfits. Bosso and his crew of clowns are staying at the hotel, and it's not long before the Magic Misfits catch -- and stop -- their nefarious goons pilfering from the Mineral Wells citizenry.

Then it's Bosso vs. Magic Misfits, and I won't spoil how they defeat him, but they do, although his clown goons get away.

This was a delightful start to the series and nicely sets up the rest of the books. Read it especially close as a foundation for the last book, which brings everything full circle.

LoganLib_Teneale Mar 31, 2021

Very enjoyable story for children 7-13 years old, with fun magic tricks added to try. Different to Harry Potter's fantasy magic style, but still a great read.

SAPL_Teens Dec 04, 2020

If you like magic tricks then you’ll love this book. The story takes place with young Carter Locke an amateur magician who has just ran away from his Uncle Sly who has been trusted with his care after his parents passed away. Uncle Sly who uses magic to take and steal and Carter hates. After running away Carter finds a circus full of different acts like a tattooed baby, a spider lady, and much more, after looking around he finds out that this circus is up to no good. On this adventure he will meet friends with and some foes, will he uncover what happened to his parents or be able to figure out what the Circus of B.B.Bosso is planning who knows, will Carters friends and their magic be able to stop B.B.Bosso? Who knows what will happen next? 4/5 stars - Esosa, 12, SAPL Read It & Review Contributor

Nov 03, 2020

I am on the fourth book but my favorite book was this one because it has a lot more excitement , mystery's, and MAGIC! Also, I like the first magic trick in this book .

Sep 30, 2020

My Book Review
This book is funny because Olly and Issy play pranks on Bosso the thief. This story makes me want to read more and more and more. Carter is odd and I can relate. He knows magic tricks, and the book teaches you magic tricks too. I give this book 5 stars!

Sep 29, 2020

very enjoyable and helpful

Sep 14, 2020

when I first read magic misfits I felt like I could read it all day un like other books
with milk and a cookie i'd sit down and read it all day

PimaLib_Kids Oct 19, 2019

It was funny, like real funny! - Colten, age 10

It was funny and very similar to the Series of Unfortunate Events. I also thought it was mean how his parents left. - Lizzy, age 12 and Rebekah, age 11

Sep 17, 2019

I love this book. If you like magic, mystery, and suspense this is the book for you. I wish I could give spoilers but you MUST read it for yourself, it was really good. I give this book 5 stars, and will read the sequel. 😊

Jul 15, 2019

can't wait 2 read it!!!

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