THE MAGIC MISFITS: THE SECOND STORY, by Neil Patrick Harris, Hachette Book Group, Inc.


Growing up in an orphanage, Leila was bullied for being different. But she turned her hardship into skill by becoming an escape artist—a valuable trait when belonging to a group of magical best friends. When a famous psychic comes to town, however, Leila and her pals won’t be able to escape the big mystery heading their way. Whether chasing mad monkeys or banishing ghosts from haunted hotels, these six friends will do their best to keep Mineral Wells safe—but can they still protect themselves in the process?

Join the Magic Misfits as they discover adventure, friendship, and more than a few hidden secrets in this delightful new series. Whether you’re a new fan of stage magic or a long-time expert at illusion, Magic Misfits is sure to delight even more than sawing your assistant in half!

… have more questions? I thought you might. Here are some answers:

WHERE? A sleepy town in New England and the magic shop there, run by the friendly but mysterious Dante Vernon—the gang’s caped and top-hatted mentor.

WHO? Carter, who makes cards and coins vanish. Leila, who escapes from trunks and straitjackets. Theo, who levitates with the aid of his violin bow. Ridley, who invents and transforms everyday objects. And of course twins Olly and Izzy, who make everyone laugh.

WHY? Because together, these six Magical Misfits will discover adventure, friendship, and the town’s long-hidden secrets.

(Psst. Hey, you! Yes, YOU! Congratulations on reading this far down. As a reward, I’ll let you in on a little secret…. This book isn’t just a book. It’s a treasure trove of secrets and ciphers and codes and even tricks. Keep your eyes peeled and you’ll discover more than just a story—you’ll learn how to make your own magic!)

Out September, 2018

336 Pages approx.


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This is book two of an ongoing series. Book Three, is already out.

I love Neil Patrick Harris’s writing style. His entire concept is immersive and intriguing. Who doesn’t like magic? His characters and their magical abilities are original and fun. They are faulty, flawed, quirky, layered and imaginative. There’s diversity throughout that doesn’t take over the story, just adds to it. The perspective of this story is Leila’s. You learn more about her and her family.  There’s inner struggles that she must resolve along with a mystery all of the misfits must face and outwit.  Lots of illustrations, how-to do magic tricks pages and more.

There’s lots of funny, laugh out loud moments and great dialogue. This book is perfect for reading with a parent or for anyone looking for light, fun adventure! I’m looking forward to reading Book Three.

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