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Secret Santa: The Mystery of the Magic Watch

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Sam, Abby and Nick return in this time-traveling adventure to the Roaring Twenties. When Abby gets separated and finds herself lost in New York City, Sam and Nick follow her trail, determined to rescue her. In their race to bring her back to the present, they foil a bank robbery, catch a burglar and learn the secret of magician Harry Houdini's greatest trick. The sequel to ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published September 1st 2018 by Planert Creek Press
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Jay
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Secret Santa
The Mystery of the Magic Watch
By David Tank

Reviewed by Jay Gilbertson

Retired UW-Stout English Professor David Tank, has done it—again! If you’re looking for an original, locally created gift for that little reader in your life, look no further.
Each chapter opens with a clue; a vintage photograph to tempt your imagination. Author Tank has packed this new escapade with many historical factoids and woven into the characters’ lives are enduring life-lessons. The gift of family, how st
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Sam and Abby are at it again, only this time they return to the year 1922 in New York City. Panic ensues as Abby gets separated from Sam and Nick and they set out to find her. More adventures await these young time travelers, including meeting Harry Houdini in person. Will Nick and Sam be able to find Abby in the Big Apple? How many time traveling devices does Nick have? Will the burglar actually get away with stealing one of them, even though he doesn't know what it is? Once again, David Tank d ...more
David Tank
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This story (the second in the Secret Santa series) begins where Secret Santa: The Mystery of the Stereoscope ends, but there is enough background information to bring new readers into the story without confusion.

The Secret Santa books are a fun way to discover history and historical figures without feeling like you are being taught something. The Mystery of the Magic Watch takes place in 1922 in New York City. The people and events that Abby and Sam encounter are based on actual people and event
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Gabby Rohrer
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An interesting story of time-travelling siblings with actual historical events mixed in and younger kids will find the story entertaining and fun.
Susan Reyna
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun magical story for boys and girls of all ages. Would be a good choice for reading at bedtime over a week or so. I love the historical tie-ins.
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David Tank is a writer and photographer currently living in Menomonie, Wisconsin, where he taught writing and mass communication at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Prior to becoming a full-time teacher, he was a newspaper and magazine editor, worked as senior writer for a major fraternal organization and directed the communication efforts of several not-for-profit organizations.

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