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The Vanishing Coin (The Magic Shop #1)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  645 Ratings  ·  122 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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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
Jul 08, 2017 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-stuff, ssyra
Magic is always a great topic for kids and this book will be a winner with young readers for sure. A relatable story with just enough fantasy to make it fun. Love the "how-to" parts that teach the tricks.
May 17, 2017 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ssyra-2017-18
Lots of kids will relate to Mike and his struggles at school. Beware magic shops in might be experiencing a boom in sales! I think kids are going to love this, but the ending really leaves you hanging! I'll have to get the next two so they can keep reading!
Margo Tanenbaum
May 06, 2014 Margo Tanenbaum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic, middle-grades
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
May 24, 2016 Jakob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 before. His new hobby also helps his make friends with his new nei ...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!
Ameya Warde
Mar 22, 2016 Ameya Warde rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: with-killian
This was the before bed reading with my six year old this week, and we both enjoyed it! Me because I have ADHD like the main character and i escape via magic (fantasy books) and my son loves it because hes currently all about learning magic tricks!
Aug 09, 2015 Ginna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Looking forward to reading this one aloud and practicing some magic tricks!
Jun 03, 2017 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sssyra-17-18
I am slowly reading my way through the grades 3-5 Sunshine State Young Readers books for 2017-2018. You know...because now I'm a librarian :) :) :). I'll need to know about these books for my new job. :) Sorry, my perpetual excitement causes me to digress.

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
Jun 03, 2017 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book for middle aged readers and those new to chapter books. While not particularly higher level in terms of thinking, kids will love the easy to master magic tricks inside.
Jun 27, 2017 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Found it very boring. I can see where reluctant readers would enjoy this. I would suggest for those boys that aren't into reading.
May 06, 2017 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was very cute and good for lower readers... I think kids will really enjoy the tricks. 3.0-4.0
Jul 09, 2017 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book for 3rd or 4th graders who may struggle in school. A boy builds self-esteem by learning magic.
Miss Manekofsky
This is a great book club choice for a kids book club!
Feb 12, 2017 Spo5spy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think it is pretty amazing because i love magic tricks.The boy Mike is a kid who wasn't smart or anything,but is pretty good at soccer.When he and Nora went outside and went inside The White Rabbit which is a magic shop/store the look around to see what is this place.The owner, Mr.Zerlin gave both Mike and Nora a riddle to solve.But actually the riddle wasn't a riddle, it was a challenge.The challenge was to get your who body through a piece of index card.Mike and Nora was confused but then M ...more
Kaleena Melotti
Jan 20, 2014 Kaleena Melotti rated it really liked it
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
Nov 06, 2015 Aylea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review also published at The Children's Book and Media Review

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
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
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
Lori Redman
Mike is a fourth grader who has trouble concentrating in school. He always seems to be getting in trouble even though he means well. This year, his parents won't let him play on the soccer team until he gets better grades. The worst part is, now his parents are forcing him to hang out with the nerdy new girl next-door-neighbor, Nora. One day, though, Nora and Mike stumble upon a magic shop in town. The owner, who is mysterious and strange, promises to teach Mike real magic if he can solve a ridd ...more
Aug 22, 2014 Heidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 09, 2014 Angie rated it liked it
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

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

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
Apr 22, 2014 Deb Tyo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, early-reader
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
Dec 05, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mike is in fourth grade and ends up in the principal's office quite often. Mike isn't a bad kid but he does have a hard time sitting still. As punishment, his parents won't let him play on the soccer team. Instead he has to spend the summer with Nora, his new neighbor. On a trip to the dentist, Mike started getting mad waiting in the office until Nora's mom could take them home. Nora got him out of there before he lost his cool and they found The White Rabbit. You could buy antiques or jokes, an ...more
May 21, 2014 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Amanda Northrup
A straight forward story about a bullied and struggling 4th grader who discovers one thing he's good at: magic tricks. I loved the periodic and very clear directions for the magic tricks Mike does. Kids will love that, too. I also loved the message here that success in a hobby can boost your confidence and have a positive impact on many areas of your life. And that Mike only got good at his magic hobby by reading the directions and practicing a whole lot.

However, the absent parents in the story
Feb 10, 2015 Cornmaven rated it liked it
This is a very nice book about embracing your differences. Mike is a kid who has a racing brain, and a need to move. So sitting still in school is just not in the cards for him. He gets in trouble. A Lot. No one knows what to do. But then…. Mike and super smart girl Nora discover a magic shop and that’s where Mike discovers his talent for entertainment, magic tricks in particular. He discovers that his brain wiring allows him to think out of the box. Nora, on the other hand, can't figure any of ...more
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