Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms

Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms

Magic, Mystery & A Very Strange Adventure

Book - 2012
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As if being small and having S. Horten as his name isn't bad enough, now 10-year-old Stuart is forced to move far away from all his friends. But on his very first day in his new home, Stuart's swept up in an extraordinary adventure: the quest to find his great-uncle Tony--a famous magician who literally disappeared off the face of the earth--and Tony's marvelous, long-lost workshop.
Publisher: New York : Sterling Children's Books, c2012
ISBN: 9781402798061
1402798067
Branch Call Number: j EVA NVD
Characteristics: 270 p. : ill., map ; 19 cm
Alternative Title: Small change for Stuart

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DerekAtab
Dec 19, 2015

Very good book. Highly recommended for anyone who likes mystery or suspense, like me.

FindingJane Nov 05, 2015

Stuart Horten is a little guy with a big curious streak. Finding that there’s a mystery in his family involving his long-lost great-uncle, he sets out to unravel the clues and unearth a treasure.

The story is mildly titillating, with Stuart trying his darnedest to figure out what’s going on in his world. However, it turns out that he’s not quite equipped to deal with all the dangers that he encounters. So he gets help from an irritatingly smart girl named April. (A little side note here: Intelligence in fictional girls always seems to engender annoyance. Smart boys get a certain amount of censure, too. But they’re often beat up by other boys, so we’re forced to feel sympathy for them. So the reader never dislikes them as much as they despise smart girls.)

The book has the children involved in the usual shenanigans—sneaking around, breaking and entering, vandalism, petty theft—all in the name of uncovering a secret, of course. They lie to their parents, who are the typical oblivious adults found in such stories. The typical tropes behind this story get touched by a bit of real enchantment, one that is hinted at throughout the novel and becomes a reality when Stuart finally unlocks his great-uncle’s startling secret.

This is a good book for older children, especially those who cut their teeth on J. K. Rowling’s famous boy hero. However, this book challenges the intellect as the reader tries to puzzle out the clues alongside Stuart. Therefore, it calls for more cerebral immersion on the part of the reader. Even though this book promises a sequel, it stands on its own just fine.

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gofar7
Nov 03, 2014

I liked this book very much it was a nice and easy read for anybody!

orange_turtle_200 Jul 07, 2014

I loved this book because it was one of those books whee you could solve the mystery with the character and not put the book down until the end.

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thebecca
Mar 28, 2014

it was an interesting story, i quite liked it, full of mystery and puzzles, good book.

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niku1234
Mar 28, 2014

I really enjoyed this book. I found it a fun, entertaining and interesting read. I would definitely recommend this book to others. Its a really good adventure. The plot is original, the characters are vivid and easy to imagine and the whole concept of the book is amazing.

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blueroo276
Feb 12, 2014

What a fun book! It has a nice mix of basic kid problems (annoying neighbors), adventure, and a dash of magic. Worked well as a read-aloud.

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DORAJANCIC
Apr 06, 2013

its a amazing book its really fun read and very interesting!New favorite book of all time until i get the new book :D

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ACatNamedTofu
Sep 26, 2012

I loved everything about this book.

BPLNextBestKids Aug 18, 2012

Ten year old Stuart Horten is not happy to move to Beeton, his father’s home town, with his parents so they can be closer to his mother’s work. As his father takes Stuart to show him the town, he also tells Stuart about Great- Uncle Tony who was a famous magician who disappeared. Stuart discovers that the magician has left puzzles to be solved and he decides to solve them so he can discover the workshop where the magic mechanisms were made and stored and perhaps find out where Great-Uncle Tony went. Is it all illusion or is there really magic? Let the reader decide. Reviewed by BPL volunteer EE.

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DerekAtab
Dec 19, 2015

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gofar7
Nov 03, 2014

gofar7 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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thebecca
Mar 28, 2014

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orange_turtle_200 Jul 07, 2014

This book is about a boy who is different from everyone else. He is short, and his initials spell S. Horten. His unusual tallness plays an important role in his adventures when he moves to Beeton his fathers home town.His adventure starts when his father talks to him about the remnant memories he had of Great-Uncle Tony which makes Stuart curious when he finds out that Great-Uncle Tony disappeared to find his missing wife from one of his inventions. Halfway along this journey he develops three new companions, a blind one, a bossy,and confident one, and a seeing eyed dog. Along this journey you find many plot twisting events and clues to solving what happened to Great-Uncle Tony

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