The Vanishing Coin (The Magic Shop #1)
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!
This SSYRA book receives my 8 year old son's seal of approval. Even though he's more into non-fiction and prefers reading about bugs, sports, and science, he stayed pretty interested in this one. The little bits of magic here and there through ...more
Mike wonders if something is wrong with him. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t sit still and focus. When he finds an old joke shop one day, he realizes that this shop also sells supplies for magicians. The owner of the shop, Mr. Zerlin, promises to teach Mike a trick if he can answer a riddle for him. When Mike shows off his first magic trick at school, most of the kids are impressed and he feels more popular than he ever has ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The Vanishing Coin is the first in a series of books by Kate Egan about Mike-- a kid who struggles in school and has trouble focusing, sitting still, and paying attention-- but who finds his passion When he enters the White Rabbit antique and magic shop. The book has several things going for it: Mike is a character lots of kids will relate to, and while he isn't the best in school, his new best friend, Nora is seemingly good at everything she tries. The one area where Mike outshines Nora-- and a...more
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 ...more
Strengths: There is a lot of good information about magic tricks, and this is a pleasant enough story to read. There are a fa ...more
However, the absent parents in the story ...more