Kid Konnection: Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms
When ten year old Stuart’s mother is offered a new job, he and his parents move to Beeton – the town where his parents grew up. At first, Stuart thinks his time there will be insufferable – after all there are female triplets his age right next door and they are about as annoying as you can get. Stuart discovers that his family used to own “Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms” – a factory that made locks, safes, and coin-operated machinery. He also discovers a puzzle left behind by his great-uncle Tony (who just happened to be a magician) and he’s determined to solve it. He finds an ally in the most unlikely place he can imagine.
Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms by Lissa Evans is a delightful middle grade book! It’s full of quirky characters and a fun mystery that’s sure to keep middle grade readers on the edge of their seat. There’s a sequel coming out in the fall but the book doesn’t leave things hanging.
I just loved Stuart and the Kingley triplets. Stuart’s an average kid – he’s the only child of academic parents so he acts older than his age. Stuart’s smart, curious, and just a little bit self-conscious about his height. The triplets are smart and loyal, but they’re so self-assured they can be hard to tolerate. I loved that this book features strong male and female characters and think it will appeal to middle grade readers of both sexes.
The story in Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms is a lot of fun too. It’s part puzzle, part mystery, and part time travel and I found it to be charming. This book is full of dry humor that children and adults can enjoy. I have a feeling middle grade readers will be enjoying Stuart’s adventures for quite a while.
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