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The Vanishing Coin (The Magic Shop #1)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  93 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Want to see something cool?
I can make that quarter vanish.
All it takes is a little magic…

Fourth grade was supposed to be a fresh start, but Mike’s already back in the principal’s office. He’s not a bad kid. He just can’t sit still. And now, his parents won’t let him play soccer anymore; instead he has to hang out with his new neighbor Nora, who is good at everything!

Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Feiwel & Friends
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Margo Tanenbaum
This is a promising new series for those just getting into chapter books (i.e. of the Magic Treehouse/Junie B. Jones difficulty level). This book features an awkward fourth grader named Mike, who seems to suffer from ADHD (but no talk about meds in this book). His parents have made him quit soccer so he can focus more on school work, but staying on task is an endless struggle for him. Is there anything that he's good at? When he and his neighbor Nora discover a dusty old magic store, complete wi ...more
Sharon Lawler
First book in The Magic Shop series! Great story about Mike who is trying to cope with ADHD, a magician who sets him on the right path, supportive friends, and the neighborhood bully. The directions for the magic tricks are interspersed within the chapter. Kids will love this one, especially those who like a little nonfiction mixed with their fiction!
Barb Middleton
Mike needs drugs. I'm serious. Poor guy. He shows symptoms of Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Okay... maybe drugs aren't the answer. In this case he needs magic. Magic tricks. Magic books. Magical moments. Ah yes, Mike is struggling in school. He can't control himself and is bullied by Jackson a kid twice his size and in his class. Mike can't understand why he just jumps up and has to move in class, but he does. He can no longer be on the soccer team because of his poor grades a ...more
An entertaining start to a new series, perfect for 3rd and 4th graders. The best part: readers are taught how to execute some very cool magic tricks! (Ask me to make a coin disappear...)

The story here centers around a high energy kid (Mike) who struggles with organizational and time management issues. While the term "ADHD" never appears in the book, that's clearly what's happening here. Kids with similar wiring may see themselves and their frustrations with traditional schooling reflected on th
Mike is always getting in trouble, not because he is a bad kid but because he just can't sit still. The first week of school he is sent to the principal's office twice! He and new girl Nora have to spend every afternoon together this year too. Nora is smart and good at everything. One day they find The White Rabbit magic shop and Mike discovers he is good at something too. Mr. Zerlin challenges Mike and Nora to a riddle and only Mike can figure it out. Mr. Zerlin teaches Mike a magic trick. Soon ...more
Mike makes for a fun character, one I think kids will be able to relate to easily. Mike doesn't mean to get in trouble all the time but he has a hard time focusing and sitting still in class. He and his parents have tried a number of different strategies to try to overcome this problem but without lasting success. Even worse, he has to spend his afternoons with Nora, the girl who can do everything well (at least in Mike's opinion). His frustration boils over in the dentist's office and he and No ...more
Ronald Roseborough
This book is not just about learning magic, but about the magic of learning. Mike and Nora are in fourth grade. Nora is an exceptional student. She has no problem studying and always seems to give the right answers. Mike on the other hand can't seem to stay focused. He is constantly fidgeting in class. His attention seems to wander when reading a book or trying to listen in the classroom. His grades are only borderline passing. He is always under the teacher's thumb for some small infraction. Do ...more
Deb Tyo
New drawings by Eric Wight? Yes, please!

The illustrator of the popular Frankie Pickle series makes a return in a new series authored by Kate Egan and Magician Mike Lane. The Magic Shop series looks to be a promising one for budding magicians and readers alike.

In The Vanishing Coin (Book One), fourth grader Mike is having no luck in school. He finds himself in the office continuously because he cannot sit still in class. It's so bad that his parents won't let Mike play soccer. Fourth grade is not
Kaleena Melotti
The Vanishing Coin was a cute little story about Mike. Mike is always getting in trouble. He's not a bad kid, he just can't seem to sit still. The principal, his teachers, and his parents are always telling him he needs to focus and try harder. But, fourth grade will be a new year! Until he lands himself right back in the principal's office. Now, he can't play soccer with his best friends, Charlie and Zack, anymore, and worse yet, he has to hang out with his new neighbor, Nora, who is good at ab ...more
Ms. Yingling
Mike and Nora are thrown together because they are neighbors and their parents get along, but Mike is always in trouble and Nora is more academically inclined. When Mike happens upon the White Rabbit magic shop, he is very interested in the tricks, and thinks that this might be something that he's good at. Descriptions of how to do several of the magic tricks are included.

Strengths: There is a lot of good information about magic tricks, and this is a pleasant enough story to read. There are a fa
Cute book! The main characters (Mike and Nora) are in 4th grade, and Amazon lists this book as grades 2 - 4, but I think it will resonate more soundly with those in the 2 & 3 level. There are plenty of issues at hand, but none of them delve very deeply. For example, the bully Jackson is more of a pain in the butt than a true bully. Mike has what readers will recognize as ADHD (it's never stated) so he has trouble in school - but not so much trouble that his teachers don't believe in him. He ...more
Karen Arendt
Mike is a student who has trouble focusing in school. This year, in fourth grade, Mike hope things will be different, but he is already in the principal's office the first week of school. Add to his misery a bully named Jackson and a new neighbor who is a girl and super smart. When Mike finds a magic shop, The White Rabbit, he thinks he may have found something he is good at. Suddenly, he is beating Jackson at to his own game, but he is still struggling in school... This is a great story for mag ...more
Ms. B
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Mike's resolve to stay focused during his new fourth grade year isn't going too well. He keeps making mistakes and getting in trouble. But when he and his new neighbor Nora find a magic shop, Mike shows an affinity for various magic tricks. While he still finds it hard to remember his homework, being able to do the tricks and excel at something others--even supersmart Nora--can't do gives him a boost in his self-esteem. The inclusion of how-to tips for the tricks Mike shows off to his classmates ...more
Mike’s troubles in school could be attributed to ADHD, but Egan chooses to simply describe his behaviors instead, which may help readers identify with the character without feeling embarrassed or labeled. The short chapters use straight-forward sentences and larger text, making this chapter book ideal for new or struggling readers. The inclusion of many cartoon illustrations and a handful of magic trick instructions add to this book’s appeal. Some of the events seem to occur through ‘real’ magic ...more
Another misfit, always-in-trouble, boy trying to find a way to fit in. Another new neighbor, a girl
who is smart and never seems to do anything wrong, who befriends him anyway and helps him deal with his long-time bully and discover his niche.
Occasional black and white illustrations reflect the humor & zaniness. Nora has big dark eyes that flash behind her squarish eyeglasses, and almost look ‘magical’ in the spiral, dizzying way.
The magic tricks are explained and would be easy to try.
The s
I loved this story about a fourth grader, who is having school and social issues, learning magic tricks that help him work out situations with a bully. The tricks are fully explained at the end of the chapters so readers can do them, too. The magician's store reminds me of the candy store in The Chocolate Touch book. There is more to come as this is the first in a series.
Another book that features a kid who has been bullied, teased, etc. and his way of escaping. No origami this time, it's all about the magic! While the plot is rather thin, what will engage the target audience is learning how to do the magic tricks and then amazing friends, family, strangers, etc.. Books like this might break their fascination with tablets/game devices.

ARC provided by publisher.
Read this for a publication review. I actually quite liked it! Really cool with all the magic tricks, though most of them were basic ones. Instructions were included too! I particularly liked the "hole-in-the-paper-to-walk-through" trick and I'm gonna get my colleagues to try that out. Ha!
Jonna VanWienen
Cute book. They had me at the first page with a boy in the principal's office. Mike needs something and that something is magic. It is fun to watch him develop his skills and confidence. The book also contains directions for doing three tricks. Even I want to try them. My only complaint is that it ends abruptly. There is another book. Maybe that is why... Believe!
Mrs. Knott
I've had a couple of teachers recommend this series to me and I know it will be a hit in 2nd-4th grade classrooms. I love that the author includes directions for several magic tricks within the book. This series will be a sure fire hit with kids!
Really fun book with a cast of enjoyable characters. While they are a little "stock" I have a feeling that as the series goes on, they'll continue to grow. Very enjoyable and relatable with the right touch of magic and suspense.
Roberta O'boyle
New series for boys 3 grade and up. Mike is boy who tries hard in school but can't stop getting in trouble. HIs attention span is short and always has to move. He finds a magic shop and things changes in his life.
bookaday #90. Joke shop + magic tricks = boy appeal. Easy to read chapter book includes instructions for some of the magic tricks involved. Did you notice the name of the shop owner? sounds like...
A big thank you to Feiwel and Friends for the ARC!

I love that the instructions for the magic tricks are included in the book! Cute storyline too. I think this will be a very successful series!
Mike has lots of problems at school due to attention and lack of confidence issues. Then he discovers an amazing store selling magic tricks, and things gradually start to look up. The best part? Instructions for actual magic tricks are included. I will be book-talking this at SRP promotion visits, along with "Nick and Tesla's high-voltage danger lab : a mystery with electromagnets, burglar alarms, and other gadgets you can build yourself"
Excellent early chapter book

struggling in school
everyone's good at something
bullies and dealing with them
Colby Sharp
A promising new chapter book series. Eric has mastered the role as artist to chapter books.
A bit predictable in some aspects, with the school bully, unexpected friendship, and struggling at school. But this all makes it very relatable and believable for kids. And the magic aspect makes it interesting and different.
Quick read, enjoyable, start of a series.
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