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Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery, and a Very Strange Adventure

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8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

A Work Of Art

I really enjoyed this book. It is a magical blend of mystery and just the right amount of magical adventure to keep young readers and their parents glued to the pages. The thrills and action are age appropriate for preteen readers. An exceptionally short young boy named...
I really enjoyed this book. It is a magical blend of mystery and just the right amount of magical adventure to keep young readers and their parents glued to the pages. The thrills and action are age appropriate for preteen readers. An exceptionally short young boy named Stuart Horten is about to have a wonderful summer adventure. S.Horten's family moves back to the town where Stuart's uncle, Teeny Tiny Tony Horten once lived and worked as a magician. Stuart finds that Teeny Tiny Tony mysteriously disappeared some years ago. With the the help of April, May, and June, the identical and precocious triplets who live next door, Stuart follows magical clues left by Teeny Tiny Tony to hopefully solve the mystery of his missing uncle. Book provided for review by Sterling Children's Books.

posted by Ronrose on March 21, 2012

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Book Review (ARC) This was a pretty cute, quick read. I think th

Book Review (ARC)
This was a pretty cute, quick read. I think that a lot of children will really enjoy the story and the Indiana Jones like clues that Stuart has to follow in order to find out the mystery behind his great-uncle Tony’s disappearance. There are clea...
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This was a pretty cute, quick read. I think that a lot of children will really enjoy the story and the Indiana Jones like clues that Stuart has to follow in order to find out the mystery behind his great-uncle Tony’s disappearance. There are clear cut good and bad characters and kids will have an easy time following along with who they are rooting for and who to watch out for.

I do wish there was more of the triplets from next door. They don’t show up in full force many times, but they were so entertaining I missed them when they weren’t around. One of the triplets was in the story more than the others and luckily she held her own! Overall younger kids will be able to grasp the storyline and enjoy the magic and mystery.

Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.

posted by BookSakeBlogspot on April 9, 2012

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  • Posted November 25, 2013

    Rating: 4 Stars I love children┬┐s books. I really, really do. My

    Rating: 4 Stars
    I love children’s books. I really, really do. My parents (and some of my classmates) tend to look at me strangely when I whip out a MG book for some light reading, but I really do love reading them. After all, these were the books that cultivated my love of reading at an early age and some of the better, more imaginative books I have read were MG. With that said, I am proud to say that I loved HORTON’S MIRACULOUS MECHANISMS.
    The story is extremely well developed and the author definitely knows her audience! I mean, what kid wouldn’t want to go on a scavenger hunt of a lifetime that’s filled with magic (real and show-businessy magic) and riddles all wrapped with clues from history! [To be honest, I kind of figured out the climax and resolution halfway through, but I like to think that it's because of all the books I've read as a child until now... I doubt any of its intended audience will be able to catch on as quickly :p ]
    When I read the summary, I was expecting something more BENEDICT’S in terms of clues and riddles but the scavenger hunt was as straight-forward as it could possibly get. That’s the reason why I had to dock it half a point. The joy that comes from reading a mystery book comes from being able to (or, at least, trying to) figure out the clues yourself.
    Another reason why I had to dock it another half a star was that I felt the book itself was too short. It didn’t give enough time for the characters to fully develop in my mind, especially April. When she and her sisters were first introduced, I pretty much mentally listed all the stereotypical ways that the author might have demonstrated their friendship to Horten, but I enjoyed the way she approached their relationship.
    However, I really wished that April was integrated into the story earlier since the book itself was really short to begin with. I felt as though she wasn’t given the time to fully develop as a character and, rather, was mainly there for the purpose of getting Horton out of sticky situations.
    Regardless, this book was a very pleasant read and it was easy for me to disappear into the world and follow Horton along with his hunt.

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

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    Excellent MG read, short and fun

    Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms reminds me of The Phantom Tollbooth or Coraline where a young person manages to find his or her way into some wonderful and magical adventure where anything – especially that of an unexpected nature – can happen. This was a charming yet awfully short read, and I loved watching Stuart try to decipher his uncle’s encrypted messages and learn about his family legacy in magic-making. I also enjoyed Mr. and Mrs. Horten’s quirks, especially Mr. Horten’s crossword-inventing self that would thrown in the most random of comments. I did wish that the book had spent more time on expanding on the minor characters, especially the triplets, because they came onto the page with all sorts of interesting things to say, but then left shortly without really getting too embroiled in Stuart’s adventure. Overall though, Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms can be a wonderful discovery for a young reader with a big imagination and a love for all things fantastic.

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