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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
Carl Nelson
May 01, 2014 Carl Nelson rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 15, 2012 Jenni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-author, mg
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
May 20, 2016 Charlie added it
Shelves: the-book-shelf
Horten’s Incredible Illusions by Lissa Evans is a magical follow up book to Horten’s Miraculous Mechanism. It is a great book that was originally published in 2012. You should definitely read the first book before reading this. The first book sets the whole stage for the second.

This follow up book has to do with the actions in the first book about Stuart Horten (10, but looks younger), great uncle Tony who was a magician by the name of Teeny-Tiny Tony Horton. Stuart (10, but looks younger) is
Oct 02, 2015 Lori rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
This a very enjoyable companion book to the first Horten adventure. It had been a while since I read the first book, so it took me a bit to reorient myself with the premise - Stuart has discovered his Great Uncle Tony's long-disappeared magic tricks and needs to find Tony's will to prove they belong to him. Similar to the first book, Stuart has to solve riddles and puzzles on a variety of magical adventures (with the very engaging and entertaining triplets, April, May and June).

There is great w
Jun 15, 2015 Kiwinyx rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
So, in my quest to discover the next best junior novels to recommend to the smaller adults that visit our library, I have now read the second book about Stuart Horten and his amazing magical adventures and I can confirm that Lissa Evans is consistently good at writing.

It's got everything you want to find in a good adventure book: loyal friends, a small dog, magic, cunning, a bad guy who happens to be an arrogant female TV reporter, a good guy who happens to be a 10 year old boy, inventions, illu
Sep 22, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
Another fun Horten read. Great for young children and read-a-louds, I had a good time reading this one too. Very similar to the first book, but different enough to make it interesting. It begins just where the first book left off and I do think reading them in order is pretty important for these books, some things are explained but other things just reference.

Chock full of mysterious puzzles, magic, and searching for a long lost will. I enjoyed how the dad was more involved in this book, he's a
Mar 13, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it
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
Feb 12, 2013 Alexandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 25, 2012 Wrighty rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, series
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 it was amazing  ·  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 liked it
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
Jul 02, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
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
Mar 26, 2013 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 18, 2014 Jen rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 06, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it
'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.
Aug 15, 2014 Larisa rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 07, 2013 Victoria Whipple rated it liked it
Shelves: friends, mystery, magic
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
Morninglight Mama
Jan 21, 2016 Morninglight Mama rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, fiction
Another hit, in my opinion! As in the first of the Horten's series, the magical adventures are fun and suspenseful without being frightening, and the characters continue to delight. This time around, Stuart has the opportunity to figure out the secrets behind each of his Great-Uncle Tony's mechanisms, and in turn, go on even more unimaginable trips that defy logic. These are the types of books that will capture young independent readers' minds and keep them turning the pages!
Jan 12, 2016 Katharine rated it liked it
Shelves: work-related
I think that I enjoyed this sequel more than the first book. I loved reading about how all the tricks worked and trying to solve the puzzles of each world along with Stuart and April. I don't think it would be totally necessary to read the first book but you will definitely pick up on some clues a little faster if you do. A great recommendation for younger readers with a high reading level.
Dec 31, 2015 Robyn rated it really liked it
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
Jan 31, 2016 Mamatufy rated it really liked it
Stuart & April are back for more magical fun in this follow-up. This time, his great uncle Tony, the magician, magical tricks are going to be put on display in the local museum. Stuart & April once again have a series of adventures & they also include May & June in the magic. Very well written with possible follow-ups.
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
This is a cute little following up to Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery & a Very Strange Adventure - the illusions that were found by Stuart in the first book now send him and April on a new quest filled with magic and mystery.

Both Stuart and April grow as people, and also as friends, and May and June and even Stuart's dad get brought along for the ride in this go around.

Overall, it's a fairly simple story, really. Not exactly life changing or even particularly memorable, to be
Jenn M
Jun 11, 2015 Jenn M rated it really liked it
The second book in the series by Lissa Evans finds our hero Stuart Horten appointed the museum's youth curator for his great uncle's fantastical magic devices. Join Stuart on his adventures of trying to determine the secret location of Uncle Tony's will. In what strange places will Stuart find himself? Will he ever be able to tell the three next-door triplets apart? Will his dad ever use "normal" words to communicate with others?

The answers to these and many other fun questions await you in Hor
Jan 20, 2014 Leslie rated it it was ok
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.
Mar 20, 2013 Debra rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile, fiction
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
Apr 25, 2014 Jessica Robinson rated it it was amazing
This was such an adorable, fast-paced read. Lissa Evans has created wonderful characters and an imaginative landscape full of magic.
Carrie Johnson
Jan 14, 2014 Carrie Johnson rated it it was amazing
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.
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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. Her first novel, Spencer's List, was published in 2002, and since then she has written three more books for adults (two of them longlisted for the Orange/Baileys Prize) and two for children (the first of them shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal). Her tw ...more
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