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Horten's Incredible Illusions: Magic, Mystery & Another Very Strange Adventure (Stuart Horten #2)

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Stuart Horten (ten, but looks younger) is now the owner of a magician's workshop - except that without his Great-Uncle's Last Will and Testament, he can't actually prove it.Which is a problem, since someone else wants it as well; someone who has a lot of money.

The workshop contains seven magnificent stage illusions, but when Stuart starts to investigate them, he discovers
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Sterling Children's Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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In the follow-up to Horten's Incredible Illusions: Magic, Mystery & a Strange Adventure Stuart Horten is now the owner of Teeny Tiny Tony Horten's magical workshop. There's just one thing - he doesn't have his great-uncle's will to prove it.

The workshop consists of seven different illusions - a couple Stuart is already familiar with, but the others are a mystery to him. When the local museum agrees to house the illusions and put them on exhibit, Stuart is named 'junior curator' along with on
Jessica Harrison
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The follow-up to “Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms,” “Horten’s Incredible Illusions” is just as delightful as its predecessor. Like the illusions in this book there’s more to author Lissa Evans’ characters than meets the eye. They are quirky and compelling and the perfect partners to take readers on this adventure. Once again, the writing is easily accessible, fast-paced and absorbing.

“Horten’s Incredible Illusions” is the perfect bo
I loved Small Change For Stuart and was looking forward to reading about Stuart’s next adventure. I wasn’t disappointed, this book is full of magic and mystery as he and April search for his Great-Uncle’s will to prove Stuart is the rightful owner of the magician’s workshop. I liked the way some of the minor characters got a bigger part to play in this book, particularly the other two triplets and Stuart’s dad. I really enjoyed the tasks Stuart had to complete and the worlds they were set in, Ev ...more
Carl Nelson
A gem of a book that combines a compulsively readable story, intriguing puzzles, well-conceived characters, and a thoroughly satisfying conclusion. Even better than the first volume of the series, which set the bar high. The plot engages the reader's brain throughout, offering inventive solutions to the problems that Stuart and his friends the Kingley triplets face. The minor characters are well-crafted with a lot of depth, and Stuart's dad has some of the wittiest dialog to be found in a childr ...more
Horten’s Incredible Illusions picks up where Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms leaves off. The illusions Stuart found stored in the bandstand are moved to the museum for preservation and 10-year-old Stuart Horten is given a job curating his uncle’s magical contraptions. Stuart and April (the one of the April, May, June triplets who is serious about uncovering a mystery) are charged with naming and describing these illusions. They give them enticing names like “The Cabinet of Blood,” and “The Book o ...more
Du hast meine Werkstatt gefunden, aber willst du sie auch behalten?

Der - leider etwas kleine - Stuart Horten ist zufrieden, hat er doch endlich die magische Werkstatt seines Onkels Kenny, dem ehemals berühmten Zauberer "Klitzekleiner Kenny", gefunden. Die fantastischen Bühnen-Apparate wurden in Beatons hiesiges Museum untergebracht, bis man sich darüber einig ist, wem diese wunderlichen Gerätschaften nun tatsächlich gehören und was mit ihnen passieren soll. Und außerdem ist es ja auch ein
This sequel was another delightful journey into the magical world of Stuart Horten. I was so impressed with the first book and was thrilled to see the creativity continued here. In Stuart's previous adventure he was able to discover the location of his late uncle's magic tricks but now he is trying to uncover how they work and where the will is hidden. His neighbor and friend, April, is again his loyal sidekick. And he is lucky to have her because he cannot solve these mysteries alone. The puzz ...more
Aug 14, 2012 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jessica by: First Reads
Shelves: first-reads, juvenile
I won a free copy through First Reads.

This was a fantastic follow up to Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms. I really like Stuart and think he's a wholesome character. The puzzles and obstacles in this book were more difficult and thought provoking for the characters, which I enjoyed immensely.

Apart from Stuart's dad's crossword vocabulary, the book is written at a level perfect for the middle graders it's geared toward. I have to wonder if there really were a crossword created by this man, would I
Kelly Knapp
Jul 30, 2012 Kelly Knapp rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Kelly by: Goodreads Firstreads giveaways
Poor Stuart (aged 10, but looks younger). What do you get when you combine magical illusions, a set of identical triplet junior reporters, and one accident prone boy? Horten's Incredible Illusions is the answer.

Follow Stuart as he learns how to use the magical illusions that his great-uncle left in a secret room under the bandstand, which collapsed. Having moved all of the items to the local museum, the curator offers a junior curator position to Stuart, hoping the move will bring in more patron
This is one of those books that will definitely suffer if you haven't read the first book, Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms. Continuing the story, Stuart Horten (10, but looks younger) and April (also 10) start to look at the incredible magical tricks that Stuart's uncle, Tiny Tiny Tony Horton, left: somewhere in there is his will, indicating who should inherit the tricks.

Using a combination of luck, observation and puzzle-solving, the two explore the various tricks, figuring out how they work an
Big Change for Stuart is the sequel to Small Change for Stuart and they both revolve around the adventures of 10 year old, short for his age, Stuart Horten (S.Horten..). Suitable for confident male and female readers from about 7 years and over, this makes a pleasant change from the sparkly, pony/unicorn/fairy/wizard, adventures which are usually targeted at this age group. The result is an intelligently written adventure story which has an old-fashioned ring to it but still translates well into ...more
A perfect sequel taking us back into the magical world of Stuart Horten. In the precious adventure Stuart went on an adventure to discover uncle's hidden magic workshop and this book continues the adventure. Stuart teams up with his triplet neighbor April and they work together to discover the deeper messages inside of the magic pieces and uncover more adventure than any of them thought possible. A great follow up piece and one I will highly recommend for my children to read this summer.
'Incredible Illusions' is a sequel and a much better, more inventive book than the first. This time Stuart must solve a puzzle within each trick that is left to him by his great Uncle. Stuart is transported to a different magical place and upon completion he sees a letter clue which ultimately spells out the location of a will. His neighbor April Kingley (one of the neighbor triplets along with May and June) accompanies him cracking many of the tricks.
I read this book and its predecessor, "Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms," with my 8-year-old son. They are exactly the kind of book I loved as a child, and love even now. Magic, mystery, and in this book especially, some unexpected comic mayhem. After reading it with my son and tucking him in for the night, I would go to my room to read my grown-up book but secretly wish I could keep reading this one. He enjoyed it as well. Highly recommend to readers of all ages!
Victoria Whipple
Stuart Horten is back, and he's still trying to solve the puzzle left by his great-uncle, Teeny Tiny Tony Horten. Tiny was a magician, a long time ago. He mysteriously disappeared, and his secrets disappeared with him. Enter Stuart, who has moved back to the town Tiny lived in. Along with his neighbor, Stuart follows the clues left in Tiny's contraptions that were used in his magic shows. It turns out they actually transport people through time and space. But Stuart and his friend follow clues, ...more
Just as much fun as the first Stuart Horten book, which is a feat in sequels, really. The book begins almost immediately after the previous leaves off (within 2 weeks) and Stuart and April haven't had any of those sudden inexplicable bursts of growth that sometimes happen in a second book written some time after the first. The type of adventure is somewhat different from the previous installment, but the puzzles have the same feel to them and are just as much fun to read and to follow along with ...more
I will forever treasure reading this book and its sequel aloud with Ethan. He *adores* these books. He started out begrudgingly reading one paragraph every two pages, to taking over and reading pages at a time before he would remember he had read much farther than the required amount. Then we came up with a game where we would stop mid-word, and the other would try to take over as fluidly as possible. These books are great, clean, magical, childhood adventures. The protagonist is trying to solve ...more
Cute book that I picked up on our bookmobile by accident. They rearranged some shelves and I keep forgetting that the juveniles are up front. This was the second in a series, though, and probably would have been more fun if I had read the first one. Not something I will go looking for, though. the quirky characters made it an entertaining read.
The second book continues Horten's adventures with his uncle's magic tricks. These large tricks have been moved to the Beeton Museum for display. He and his friend, April, explore the tricks and find themselves in various settings where they must solve the rather dangerous puzzles in order to return to their home location. At the end of solving each problem they see a letter clue that is to help them find Uncle Teeny Tiny Horten's will so that they can hold on to ownership of the tricks.

The puz
Jessica Robinson
This was such an adorable, fast-paced read. Lissa Evans has created wonderful characters and an imaginative landscape full of magic.
Carrie Johnson
First the Mechanisms were found. Now how do they work?? That is what this book is about.And of course there is a mystery behind it all.I loved this second book just as much as the first.I wish there had been illustrations to see exactly how the items looked and functioned exactly. They were described so wonderfully that I wished I could see them. This was a super fun duology.
I should have known this was a sequel, given that the word "Another" is in the title, but alas, I read this one first. Even still, I was charmed by this lovely little novel. Stuart, a 10-year-old boy who looks younger, has recently moved to a new town. He's also recently found his great-uncle's illusions, and he needs to complete all of the adventures associated with them with the help of his trusty and plucky friend April, one of a set of triplets with the names May and June.

Fun, interesting,
This was such a fun adventurous book! It was an absolute joy to read. Stuart Horten and April have some wonderfully exciting magical times as they try to solve the mystery of Stuart’s Great Uncle Tony’s hidden will. I loved the individual journey’s that make up the whole mystery. It was fantastically written with a great pace. The characters were engaging and extremely likable. What I was most impressed with was the imagery, I was so pleased with the descriptions of the mystical places- I could ...more
Jan Fournier
Such a cute book! I liked this one even better than the first and found myself really engrossed in Stuart and April's adventures! I also really liked how the author incorporated most of the characters from the last book, even those you thought were gone. ;) Loved it!
I didn't enjoy this quite as much as its predecessor, but it was still an enjoyable adventure.
The second book of a series and oodles better than the first!! And the first was excellent as well! Read this aloud to my 4th grader, a recommendation to under 6th grade unless a very advanced reader. Even advanced readers for their age will get tripped up on vocabulary and dialogue essential to the story. And although the British has been "translated", much of the story and dialogue still contain traces, and it would be a shame for the funniest bits to get lost in translation. Favorite characte ...more
Even though I prefer YA books, I can honestly say that I really enjoyed this middle grade selection. The only bad thing I have to say is that I now have to add the first book in the Stuart Horten series to my TBR list.

I recommend this series for anyone who enjoyed The Mysterious Benedict Society.

**Source: I received this book from Sterling Publishing as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. No matter how I obtain my books, I will always give my honest opinion in my reviews.
Kat Wells
couldnt get into it as much as the first one
Apr 06, 2014 Sadie added it
sequel to horten's miraculous mechanisms
This is the perfect little series for young people, and the young- at- heart, to enjoy a clever adventure. I have loved this story from the very first line. It is so charming and funny and fantastically magical that you nearly wish you were a Kingley triplet so you could join in on the wonderful madness.

Don't worry though, if you don't believe in magic it can merely be a strong hallucination and you can go on your way. But, what is life without magic? ;)
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After a brief career in medicine, and an even briefer one in stand-up, Lissa Evans became a comedy producer, first in radio and then in television. She co-created Room 101 with Nick Hancock, produced Father Ted, and co-produced and directed The Kumars at Number 42. Her first novel, Spencer’s List, was published in 2002. Lissa Evans lives in north London.
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