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Publisher's Summary

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 and everything they can get their sticky fingers on.

After a fateful encounter with the local purveyor of illusion, Dante Vernon, Carter teams up with five other like-minded kids. Together, using both teamwork and magic, they'll set out to save the town of Mineral Wells from Bosso's villainous clutches. These six Magic Misfits will soon discover adventure, friendship, and their own self-worth in this delightful new series.

(Psst. Hey, you! Yes, you! Congratulations on reading this far. 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 stage tricks. Keep your ears peeled and you'll discover more than just a story - you'll find magic.)

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Neil Patrick Harris (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"An earnest message about discovering the magic in the world and finding the family that suits you." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"Fun.... A worthy first volume." ( BCCB)

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A kids book EVERYONE will enjoy

This book is fantastic! Who would have thunk that Neil Patrick Harris could be such a wonderful author. This book was WAY better than I thought it would be, and I always find it MAGICAL when an author narrates his own audiobook. AND the narration was adjusted to BE an audiobook. I CANNOT WAIT to read the rest. I just can't get over how good this book was, it was perfect. Thank you Mr. Harris, this was wonderful.

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Loved it!

The sound effects are awesome and the last trick is my favorite.

I am so excited for the next 3 books.

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Great!

My 11 year old girl loved this book and can’t wait for the next one.

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Incredible Performance

Hilarious, action-packed, and magical. Great characters, great voice, and great heart.

Truly a magical read. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

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Fantastic

The story and narration is great!
Only complaint is that the narration volume level is a bit up and down. It’s part of NPH’s fantastic reading, but also makes some parts hard to hear and others so loud they hurt when they come booming out of the car speakers.

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The way Neil reads the book is just amazing!

Most fun I had reading ever! Neil did a good job reading the book and setting the characters apart really well!

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Good intro to the series

Obviously aimed at kids, but still a fun, quick listen. Was it formulaic & predictable? Sure it was, but the performance was charming and the idea of teaching kids stage magic was inspired. Hopefully the next 3 books in the series continue to build and introduce more complex characters, plots and themes.

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Wo

Awesome, I love magic so this was a cool book to read glad I found it

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Great Narration

We listened to this book as a family on a trip. The narration was fun, but the story was not very believable. I like how he explained some magic tricks. Practice, practice, practice!!

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A surprise find for the family!

I wasn't expecting to like the book myself. I picked it up because my kids had listened to the entire Harry Potter series. Twice. Just riding to and from school and on trips. Anyway, I thought this might be a nice change while keeping with a semi-theme. Not only was Neil Patrick Harris a fabulous narrator, but he wrote a very nice story! The girls loved it (adding it to the short list of books they've asked to hear a second time), and I liked it as well. Looking forward to the second book in the series!