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

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

by Lissa Evans

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ISBN-13: 9781402798450
Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
Publication date: 04/03/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,005,256
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lissa Evans's route to children's fiction author is perhaps as roundabout as Stuart's adventures in Beeton. After a brief career as a doctor of medicine and then in stand-up comedy, Lissa became a comedy producer, first in radio and then in television, before turning to writing. She has penned books for adults as well as picture books for children. This is her first middle-grade novel. Lissa lives with her family in North London.

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Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery, and a Very Strange Adventure 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Ronrose More than 1 year ago
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.
Italian_Radio More than 1 year ago
i got an ARC of this book and it sat on my shelf for at least a month. I finally picked it up and kicked myself for not reading sooner. This was a quick light read that kept me entertained. Great for the 7-12 crowd but enjoyable for all ages.
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
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 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very suspensful book and has many adventures! If you like adventures thenREAD THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My nephew loves this book,it is a great mystery/novel like book
VAMomSL More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and more importantly so did my kids and the friend's of my kids. It is so cute. A light, fun, but interesting read full of magic and just the right amount of wholesome adventure. You won't be disappointed.
shayrp76 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Stuart Horten is not pleased about moving to Beeton. It¿s the start of summer and he doesn¿t know any kids in the new town to play with so when he discovers a note left behind by his great uncle, who happens to have been a magician, he enthusiastically goes in search and solves puzzles for the clues that will lead him to a mysterious workshop. He¿s not the only one who wants to discover the secrets, and the nosy triplet sisters next door are always hot on his trail making his adventure more interesting.This is such a fun read, even for someone of my age. The characters really make this more enjoyable and I want to be invited to Stuart¿s house for dinner. The adventure and the puzzles do not weigh the story down but make the visualization of Stuart¿s world more vivid. Of course there is a lesson in there, but it doesn¿t weight the story down either. Sometimes the lessons can take the fun out of stories of this nature. I have zero complaints. I recommend this to young readers, but also to adults whose young reader is reading it. Really I recommend it to anyone.
Ronrose1 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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.
strogan on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I found Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery, & a Very Strange Adventure to be a very charming book.Stuart Horten, the 10-year-old protagonist, stumbles upon a note left by his great-uncle which leads him on an adventure to find his great-uncle's workshop.As he searches for the workshop, he meets new people (including the triplets next door that look to be more nuisance than help at first), learns more about his family, and finds new (at least for him) mechanisms that his great-uncle had built.I liked the humor in it, the "miraculous mechanisms", the unintentional trouble Stuart gets into, and the overall storyline.I would recommend this book to readers of all ages.(Received via LibraryThing Member Giveaway.)
sworsnup on LibraryThing 5 months ago
An awesome quirky adventure. It's meant for a younger audience, but I thoroughly enjoy the magic and mystery.
theepicrat on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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.
jlundgren2011 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a very enjoyable book. I particularly liked the language (the Father is a crossword writer and uses some impressively big words) and the writing. It was full of little quirks, like the triplets next door are named "April, May and June" and the main character is small for his age. His name is Stuart Horten and is nicked named "Shorten". I read this with my three children ages 4, 7 and 10. My 7 year old daughter (who is also small for her age) liked it a lot as did my 10 year old son who loves Harry Potter and wizards and magic. I found the plot ending to be sadly disappointing, but the book is well written and definitely interesting. We will definitely read the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever. But first read hortens miraculas mechinisims! In my class we are all reading this book together i thoght it was going to be boring but this book is the best book i have read in my entire life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worlds best book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got introduced to this book this past year by my friend Spence.best book ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the way the author wrote the book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the British language of this book. Best suited for children ages 9 and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I read it its like im in the book. Great job
ChristineyReads More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can not and will not put it down. The mystery, suspense, and even a bit of comedy really drags readers in. Any reader would love this! It is 100% worth the $8 you are probably about to spend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very much enjoyed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
About the 3rd best book ive read in my 10 years in this world (Thats saying a lot, im in the highest reading group at school. I read a lot :D)
sweetpeaRK More than 1 year ago
this book was really great with a lot of mysterious factors to it. I really would recommend it !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First book in series well worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick good read