The Trouble with Abracadabra

The Trouble with Abracadabra

by Michael Dahl, Lisa K. Weber

A mysterious magician at the Abracadabra Hotel needs help from Charlie and Tyler.See more details below


A mysterious magician at the Abracadabra Hotel needs help from Charlie and Tyler.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Tyler Yu and Charlie Hitchcock are back for more adventures at the Abracadabra Hotel. This time, the "Great and Powerful" Theopolis is causing trouble. First, he creates a huge hullabaloo by causing a child to go missing, and then he challenges the master magician and hotel proprietor, Abracadabra himself. The chance for Abracadabra to perform one last time and the very ownership of the hotel are at stake. Can Ty and Charlie help their friend and favorite magician defeat his nemesis or will all be lost? This is a strong follow-up to Hocus Pocus Hotel (Capstone, 2012), complete with the same style of bright cartoon illustrations that showcase the magical illusions. Fans of magic and reluctant readers will like the content and will appreciate the story's fast pacing. The characters are not particularly well developed, but they are still likable. A good purchase where the first book has circulated.—Elizabeth Swistock, Orange County Public Library, VA

Product Details

Capstone Press
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Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Dahl is the prolific author of the bestselling Goodnight Baseball picture book and more than 200 other books for children and young adults. He has won the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award three times for his nonfiction, a Teacher's Choice award from Learning magazine, and a Seal of Excellence from the Creative Child Awards. And he has won awards for his board books for the earliest learners, Duck Goes Potty and Bear Says "Thank You!" Dahl has written and edited numerous graphic novels for younger readers, authored the Library of Doom adventure series, the Dragonblood books, Trollhunters, and the Hocus Pocus Hotel mystery/comedy series. Dahl has spoken at schools, libraries, and conferences across the US and the UK, including ALA, AASL, IRA, and Renaissance Learning. He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota in a haunted house.

Lisa K. Weberhas been making art for kid’s books, comics, and cartoons since graduating from Parsons School of Design in 2000. Her whimsically twisted illustrations have appeared in several publications, including The Ogre of Oglefort, and The Sisters 8, both Junior Library Guild selections, as well as The Bremen Town Musicians and the Hocus Pocus Hotel series from Capstone. She has contributed character designs and storyboards for Nickelodeon, Curious Pictures, and PBS Kids. Lisa currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Steve Brezenoff is the author ofmore than fiftymiddle-grade chapter books, includingthe Field Trip Mysteries series, the Ravens Pass series of thrillers, and the Return to Titanic series. In his spare time, he enjoys video games, cycling, and cooking. Steve lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Beth, and their son and daughter.

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