The Magic Misfits

The Magic Misfits

From beloved award-winning actor, Neil Patrick Harris, comes the magical first book in a new series with plenty of tricks up its sleeve.When street magician Carter runs away, he never expects to find friends and magic in a sleepy New England town. But like any good trick, things change instantly as greedy B.B. Bosso and his crew of crooked carnies arrive to steal anything...

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Title:The Magic Misfits
Author:Neil Patrick Harris
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The Magic Misfits Reviews

  • ✨    jamieson   ✨

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    I read this because I wanted to see what Neil Patrick Harris' novel would be like, and because it was giving me middle grade six of crows vibes, which really is ideal.

    follows Carter, a

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    I read this because I wanted to see what Neil Patrick Harris' novel would be like, and because it was giving me middle grade six of crows vibes, which really is ideal.

    follows Carter, a boy taught con tricks by his thieving uncle. When he runs away from home, he ends up in a town called Mineral Wells where a travelling circus is in town. Suddenly, he and his new friends Leila, Theo and Ridley, are caught up in a plot by the owner of the Circus to steal a prized jewel from right under the noses of the spectators he continually dupes.

    The friendships between the main characters were so cute. Carter, Leila, Theo and Ridley all had such unique and differing personalities which made the whole group together really fun.

    Leila is a black girl with two dads. Theo is also black and Ridley uses a wheelchair. I really liked seeing this diversity because it's important

    get to see themselves represented in books. I also really liked the focus on found family and friendships where everyone trusts eachother.

    The storyline was pretty enjoyable and I really liked the style in which it was told. It was really fun to see all the kids make their plans to foil the villain and the way that magic and cons played into the story was really nice. I LOVED how this book had interludes where it explained how to do magic tricks, I thought that was so fun and I actually .... wish I'd had this book as a kid because I would have SPENT A LONG TIME TRYING TO PERFECT THESE TRICKS

    This was a really cute middle grade book and it gives me six of crows/daughter of the burning city (but middle grade) feels which is nice. It's also narrated in a similar style to A Series of Unfortunate Events, if you like that.

    I really liked this middle grade and I think it's something people of all ages could definitely enjoy!

  • Lola  Reviewer

    3.5 stars.

    Well this was cute.

    It’s about Carter, a little boy whose parents disappeared a while ago, leaving him with an arrogant and egocentric uncle who uses him to steal from people.

    Carter himself does not steal, because he believes in earning honest money even at his young age, but he is by association stealing nonetheless. At the same time, his uncle forces him to do his magic tricks that beguile people while he himself pickpockets the spectators.

    Until one day Carter has had enough and decid

    3.5 stars.

    Well this was cute.

    It’s about Carter, a little boy whose parents disappeared a while ago, leaving him with an arrogant and egocentric uncle who uses him to steal from people.

    Carter himself does not steal, because he believes in earning honest money even at his young age, but he is by association stealing nonetheless. At the same time, his uncle forces him to do his magic tricks that beguile people while he himself pickpockets the spectators.

    Until one day Carter has had enough and decides to leave town. Where he goes, he meets young magicians who welcome him in their group. Together, they want to expose a villainous magician reminiscent of Carter’s uncle.

    Carter is a sweetheart. I have a soft spot for orphans, having lost a parent myself. He is a good hero for a middle grade series, because he is relatable, courageous and has a strong sense of what is right versus what is wrong.

    The story itself is fast-paced and contains adventure as well as quite a lot of magic, the characters having different magical abilities, or so it would seem. While there is no ‘‘real’’ magic, it often feels that way, because of how much Carter’s new friends believe in it.

    Unfortunately, most of the characters are one-dimensional. While they are ‘’nice,’’ and pleasant to read about, they are not unique. Not much sets them apart from other characters I have read about, except for their magical abilities and almost all of their voices sound similar. Even Carter’s voice is not very loud, seeing that the narrator’s presence is felt at all times.

    Maybe some will like that, given that it *is* Neil Patrick Harris’ voice heard through the narration, but personally I find that when the narrator’s presence is more important than the one of the hero/heroine, there is a problem.

    Would still recommend for *young* readers. It’s a very entertaining story that I had no trouble finishing in a single day. It’s short and fast-paced, and while it’s true the characters need more depth and a stronger voice, at least they are relatable and a positive influence on middle grade readers.

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  • Hope (HopelessBookAddict)

    This book was cute and I loved Neil’s narration. However, I felt as though it was predictable and too similar to other middle grade books I have read. I am sad I didn’t like this more. I doubt I will continue with the series.

  • Lucy Ghost

    Ladies and gentlemen, the very first middle grade-children Six of Crows retelling ever!

  • Cesar

    Six magical misfits going on an adventure.

    So Six of Crows but in a middle-grade book.

    Which is also by Neil Patrick Harris.

    Badass kids kicking butt like the Dregs.

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