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A Deadly Game of Magic

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Seeking shelter from a fierce Texas storm, four teens are trapped inside a strange house as unwitting players in a magician's evil games. The phone goes dead. A plaster head suddenly appears. A disembodied hand taps the mantel. Then the magic turns even more sinister, leading inevitably toward murder.

Lisa and her three friends find themselves unwilling players in a cat-and-mouse game with a ...

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Overview

Seeking shelter from a fierce Texas storm, four teens are trapped inside a strange house as unwitting players in a magician's evil games. The phone goes dead. A plaster head suddenly appears. A disembodied hand taps the mantel. Then the magic turns even more sinister, leading inevitably toward murder.

Lisa and her three friends find themselves unwilling players in a cat-and-mouse game with a murderous magician whose identity and motivation baffle them.

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"Nixon keeps the suspense cooking on all burners . . . an original, heart-pounding thriller."—School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152050306
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 530,961
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

JOAN LOWERY NIXON (1927-2003) is the author of more than 130 books for young readers, and the only four-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Mystery. She lived in Texas, the setting for many of her mysteries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Ages 10+ Rating 4/5 stars A Deadly Game of Magic by Joan Lowery

    Ages 10+
    Rating 4/5 stars

    A Deadly Game of Magic by Joan Lowery Nixon is engaging, mysterious, and suspenseful. Four teens driving home unexpectedly run into a massive rainstorm. They pull up to the only nearby old house. Two people, a man and a woman allow them to come in, but mysteriously leave shortly claiming they are going to a party. The teens are positive that they were not the true owners of the house which led to suspicion. Lisa the main character claims she hears strange noises coming from the dark backroom of the hallway. Even mucho man Bo is too scared to check it out same with smarty Pants Julian. Scary stuff happens in this book like severed heads possible murder and more. The kids are sure that someone is in the house with them trying to force them out of the house.
    I would say this book has good pacing and is very well written and paced perfectly. The only thing I would say is that you can’t have four kids in a living room waiting for something to happen almost the whole book. The characters were really well described and had minds of their own as if they were real people. Joan Lowery Nixon is a great you can’t put them down, it's like you are right there in the book watching everything happen. She is a fantastic writer and captures the perfect style of writing in my opinion. So my overall review is it's fantastic, well written, and very suspenseful. I would recommend it for anyone who likes a good mystery.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2009

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    a great book

    Ok, I've got to admit. When you first look at the cover and try to think of it as a thrilling, edge of the seat book it wont happen. When you think of magic what do you think of? Witch craft- maybe; magic shows- more likely. It's usually for enjoyment, laughter, and keeps you wondering how that happended. Well the words run in front of your eyes like a movie. You can picture what is happening but can never really figure out what is going to happen. Not only are the people in a place they aren't used to, they stick together and help eachother out. 4 highschoolers that don't even really talk to eachother may actually turn out to be great friends in the end. What would you do if there was someone in the house, lights out, car broken down, and the whole town is becoming flooded? This is a really good book for a gloomy day. I read it in a whole day. I recomend it. Enjoy!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2008

    Outstanding and mysterious

    A Deadly Game of Magic is the best book I have ever read!It is so mysterious and dramatic!A little romance from Julian and Lisa, but awsome!Every time I think something is going to happen, something totally unexcpectedly pops in!After I read this book I had to tell my teacher what the book was about.I think I told my teacher a little too much of what it was about.I practically retold the whole book!After I was done she looked pretty exhausted from what I told her!I laughed!This book is so amazing!I hope to read all of Joan Lowery Nixon's books!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2007

    9th grade student

    This book was amazing! Holds your grasp from the beginning till the end i kept guessing what was going to happen next like many books but i was always wrong things arent what they seem in this book...truly amazing!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2004

    book report

    OMG!!! this book was really good. I'm not a big fan of magic, but reading this story was an eye opener.i had to do a book report for this book(im an 8th grader) and i didnt mind it a bit!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2013

    Book title and author: A Deadly Game of Magic by Joan Lowery N

    Book title and author: A Deadly Game of Magic by Joan Lowery Nixon
    Title of review: A deadly Game
    Number of stars (1 to 5): 5

    Introduction
    This book is about four teenagers who find themselves stuck in a dangerous situation.
    Description and summary of main points
    Four teens are on their way home from a concert when a horrible Texas storm hits. They’re forced to pull over to the only house nearby to seek shelter. Two people allow them to come in, but strangely leave shortly claiming they are going to a party. Strange things start to happen when the storm gets worse. The phone goes dead, a plaster head suddenly appears, a disembodied hand taps the mantel, and strange noises are coming from the dark room in back. Then the magic turns even more sinister, leading inevitably toward murder. The four teens are trapped unwillingly in a magician’s murderous game.

    Evaluation
    This is an amazing book, I am not a huge fan of reading but I was very interested. I was excited to read this book and could not put the book down. This book is outstanding for mystery lovers; Joan Lowery Nixon has done it again.
    Conclusion
    I would recommend this book to anyone who loves murder mysteries/thriller. It’s very suspenseful and intense.
    Your final review
    Loved this book and would defiantly read it again. Joan lowery did an outstanding

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2011

    A Deadly Game of Suspense! :D

    Book Review Outline
    Book title and author: A Deadly Game of Magic
    Title of review: A Deadly Game of Suspense! :D
    Number of stars (1 to 5): 5

    Lisa a wanna be magician, and three other classmates get stuck in a storm. They stop at an old house to use the phone. The man who let them use the phone has vanished. They are confused and scared about what is happening. When the look around, the find they find plaster heads and trick cabinets, tools of a practiced magician. Lisa has also found clippings and letters of a magicians "fate". Whispers and props in the night scare them really bad. The pranks get scarier in each chapter. They think someone is out to get them. Lisa has to use her own tricks to protect her friends.
    Lisa and Julian get close. They thought it was the freakiness giving them a fright but the fright is just what they needed. Bo soon bonds with a dog. Tina learns to not hate Lisa.
    Joan Lowery Nixon is my favorite author. Her books have suspense to die for. I have read almost every book of hers and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. They have thrill and a lot of excitement!
    Lisa uses her magician tricks to stop the magician finally, which was murder.
    I loved this book, and I hope you will like it also. So if I was you, I would order or go to the closes library now and read The Deadly Game of Magic. It's amazing; Joan Lowery Nixon's books get better and better. Hurry up before the books are sold out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2009

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    An Unforgettable Read

    I must say, I really enjoyed this book by Joan Lowery Nixon. I had read The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore by her and liked it a lot, and was hoping I would like A Deadly Game of Magic. I was skeptical, sure, but Nixon had me hooked from the very first sentence and I ended up finishing this novel in one sitting.
    It's about four teens who while on their way back from a competition are forced to pull over at a lonesome house after a rather bad storm arises. A flood occurs and although they would really rather leave, they are forced to stay in this house after their ride finds something unnerving in the dark room down the hall and leaves them stranded.
    Later, they realize they aren't alone in the house like they were led to believe in the beginning...and it's only a matter of time before the murderous magician performs his finale...and I'm sure you know what it is.
    Over all, I thought this book was superb. I love Joan Lowery Nixon's writing style; it's easy to read with the perfect amount of description. This book was quite suspenseful and I just couldn't put it down. So if you like those types of books, I suggest you read this one and also check out The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore.

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  • Posted October 21, 2009

    An absolutely great thriller.

    This is one of my all time favorite books. I recommend it to all my students. I was reading it on a stormy night and had to put it away until the next morning. Ms. Nixon can make your skin crawl with fear with just the right amount of realism that makes a good mystery a great read.

    The house in the middle of nowhere, car trouble, a stormy night, a magician's house, the phone line going dead and the missing guillotine? What more could you ask for? The characters are very believable. You fear turning to the next page but the writing sweeps you into it out of shear terror as the story mounts to its climax.

    This is a must read for mystery readers of any age from 11 through adult.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2008

    It was really good!

    I really enjoyed this book! It was very scary and had a lot of suspense!!<BR/>I really liked the beginning!! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2008

    This is the best book ever!!!!!!!!!!

    I loved this book! I couldn't put it down. I read it in about one day i'd say since I started at night and finished it at about one thirty in the morning man I really need to get another one of her books Joan Lowery Nixon's books are the only ones I read anymore!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book is so well written that it actually envelopes your imagnation and sends you into a different state of mind. The mystery of it all simply captivates your attention till the last page when the real secret is revealed. Throughout the book, secrets of the past are discovered by four teenagers, but the more knowledge they gain, the deeper the hole they're digging themselves into. If you enjoy thrillers, I recommend you read this at night and actually experience the rush of adrenaline, as you step into the deadly game of magic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2006

    Awesome book that leaves you guessing!

    This book is truely awesome. Like I said, it leaves you guessing up til the last page. It is about four high school kids who are driving home through a storm when their car breaks down. They run up to the only house in sight and have to wait there until the Auto Club comes. Much more mischief and madness occur as they later find them selves in a life or death stuggle with a crazy magician who won't show himself to them and plays games of magic, deadly games of magic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2006

    Amazing Story

    I thought this was a great book! I thought it was very interesting! Their was suspense and drama. I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2006

    A Deadly Game of Magic

    Teena leaned on the sideboard and picked up the little guillotine that stood near her hand. 'Lisa,' she said, 'you told us this was part of a set. Where is the big one?' Bo, Lisa, Julian, and Teena were on their way home from a tough loss at their drama club competition when their plans changed. They thought that they would be safe from the horrible Texas storm inside an old house by the road. When they get inside they find out that they aren't the only ones in the house. It's an old magician by the name of Chamberlain the Great's house and he's supposed to be dead. Will they get out and home safe after the storm during the storm? Or will they get out at all? Which will get them first, the storm or the old magician? I recommend this to anyone who likes a good ending and a suspenseful book. This book is good and really exciting. I couldn't put it down and was always reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2006

    Definatly 5 Stars

    Great details, great mystery, creepy, a bit of romance tied in. I read this book the same day I bought it and I absolutly LOVED it! I certainly reccomend this book to anyone that enjoys great realistic suspence!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2006

    Wow!!!

    I loved it a lot. I read it in bed till early in the morning. I couldn't stop. I would deffinitly recommended it took all teens. One thing to rememder is NEVER IT IN THE DARK!!!! I scared myself to death but all in all it was great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2005

    amazing thriller

    This is a great story. I was on the edge of my seat reading between all my classes! I HIGHLY recomend this book to mystery readers. You'll love the ending!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    eeeshka

    Well I thought this book was very interesting. The problem I had with this book was that nothing happened for more then 100 pages, and then when somethin did happen it wasn't good enough to read 100 pages of nothing for. It wasn't the best book I've ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2005

    very very very good!! a must read!!

    i love this book. i usually don't like reafing but i find her books very interesting! once the chapter ends you have to keep reading!! Right now i am reading The Name Of The Game Was Murder!! It is also very good!!...........i read this book in just 1 day!! and that is a first for me!!

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