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Evans does a clever job of getting all that happened in Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms (2012) into the first couple of pages of this sequel, so readers can get the backstory out of the way and start the new adventure. And adventure it is. Stuart Horten, who found his great-uncle Tony's magic tricks in the previous book, now must use those tricks to locate his will. Once again there are plenty of clues to figure out, puzzles to solve, and codes to break. The fun is enhanced when May and June, along with sister April, join the search. Old and new fans will find this good fun.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Gr 4-6-In this sequel to Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms (Sterling, 2012), 10-year-old Stuart Horten is catapulted on yet another adventure left to him by his Great-Uncle Tony. Now that Teeny-Tiny Tony Horten's magic tricks have been safely recovered, it is up to Stuart to follow clues to locate the great magician's will. He and his friend April soon discover, however, that Tony's Tricks are truly magic: each one transports them to another time or place, where a puzzle must be solved before the clue can be recovered-and before they can return safely home. Children will delight in Stuart's adventures, which are infused with humor, and clamor for the next installment.-Laurie Slagenwhite Walters, Peachtree Montessori International, Ann Arbor, MI (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.