The Magic Misfits

The Magic Misfits

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...

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Title:The Magic Misfits
Author:Neil Patrick Harris
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The Magic Misfits Reviews

  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)

    Fantastic! This is the kind of middle-grade adventure that parents are going to want to run out and grab for their family and read it over and over again.

    I'm starting to be convinced that Neil Patrick Harris must come from a planet far superior to ours because this man does it all and does it well. While here I am, thinking not burning my toast in the morning is a pretty awes

    Fantastic! This is the kind of middle-grade adventure that parents are going to want to run out and grab for their family and read it over and over again.

    I'm starting to be convinced that Neil Patrick Harris must come from a planet far superior to ours because this man does it all and does it well. While here I am, thinking not burning my toast in the morning is a pretty awesome success. I had actually somehow managed to miss the fact that Neil was writing a children's book and then I was watching Booktube and noticed that people were getting them in their Owlcrate Jr (book subscription box) and I had to rush out and get myself a copy as well!

    I almost feel guilty about giving this book four stars and the ONLY reason I did is because I didn't have a child to read it with. I think that experience would've been magical. This book is heavily catered to children and families. Don't get confused thinking I'm saying this is a Juvenile book, it isn't. Adults will likely love this one as well. However, there are some stand out elements that really target a family audience. That being, this book is interactive. There a couple of neat puzzles to work out and most importantly at the end of every chapter (or most anyway) there is a step-by-step guide for learning a new magic trick. That's brilliant! I wish I wasn't so lazy and had tried a few but atlas... The tricks seemed cool enough to appeal to even older kids but simple enough to be able to have the younger audience master them as well.

    This book reminded me so much of

    it was crazy. It's very obvious that Harris was inspired by the book. I saw the author even ended up blurbing this book, so that is pretty damn cool.

    is no where near as dark as the series Lemony Snickett brought to life but if you enjoyed that one then this likely a sure bet.

    I was trying to think of what my favorite element is in this novel but I really struggled because it had a lot going for it. The cast is very diverse and felt very authentic. Since I am disabled, disability rep is always on my radar. I'm constantly looking out for good rep and honestly there isn't that much. The rep in this book was great. One of the main protagonists friends is in a wheelchair and it's not her plot point. Yes, it's mentioned but it's not what defines the character or what the focus is. She's not just thrown in their for the sake of diversity is what I'm failing to say eloquently. I want more of this! The main protagonist is very relatable and I don't think too many people have trouble connecting and identifying with him on some level.

    There's not much to not love about this book. You have adventure, magicians, strong friendship, a carnival (I'm a total sucker for any book with this theme.) and some crazy, hilarious villains. I will for sure to continue with this series and highly recommend picking it up.

  • ✨    jamieson   ✨

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    I read this because I wanted to see what Neil Patrick Harris' novel would be like, and because it was giving me middle grade six of crows vibes, which really is ideal.

    follows Carter, a

    I

    I read this because I wanted to see what Neil Patrick Harris' novel would be like, and because it was giving me middle grade six of crows vibes, which really is ideal.

    follows Carter, a boy taught con tricks by his thieving uncle. When he runs away from home, he ends up in a town called Mineral Wells where a travelling circus is in town. Suddenly, he and his new friends Leila, Theo and Ridley, are caught up in a plot by the owner of the Circus to steal a prized jewel from right under the noses of the spectators he continually dupes.

    The friendships between the main characters were so cute. Carter, Leila, Theo and Ridley all had such unique and differing personalities which made the whole group together really fun.

    Leila is a black girl with two dads. Theo is also black and Ridley uses a wheelchair. I really liked seeing this diversity because it's important

    get to see themselves represented in books. I also really liked the focus on found family and friendships where everyone trusts eachother.

    The storyline was pretty enjoyable and I really liked the style in which it was told. It was really fun to see all the kids make their plans to foil the villain and the way that magic and cons played into the story was really nice. I LOVED how this book had interludes where it explained how to do magic tricks, I thought that was so fun and I actually .... wish I'd had this book as a kid because I would have SPENT A LONG TIME TRYING TO PERFECT THESE TRICKS

    This was a really cute middle grade book and it gives me six of crows/daughter of the burning city (but middle grade) feels which is nice. It's also narrated in a similar style to A Series of Unfortunate Events, if you like that.

    I really liked this middle grade and I think it's something people of all ages could definitely enjoy!

  • Jenny Baker

    I almost gave this 2 stars, but since I love Neil Patrick Harris, I’m bumping it up to 3 stars.

    I was so excited when I heard he was releasing his debut MG fiction novel and couldn’t wait to read it. I love the cover!

    This is a children’s book with less than 250 pages, but it took me about a week to get through it. A book at this level and length normally only takes me one evening. I kept putting this down because it didn’t always keep my interest. I just didn’t feel like I was reading a new, cap

    I almost gave this 2 stars, but since I love Neil Patrick Harris, I’m bumping it up to 3 stars.

    I was so excited when I heard he was releasing his debut MG fiction novel and couldn’t wait to read it. I love the cover!

    This is a children’s book with less than 250 pages, but it took me about a week to get through it. A book at this level and length normally only takes me one evening. I kept putting this down because it didn’t always keep my interest. I just didn’t feel like I was reading a new, captivating story. Honestly, I almost gave up on it, but I'm glad I stuck with it, because it did get better.

    Right away, the writing style and narrative voice reminded me of Lemony Snicket’s series. I love

    , but I’d rather have a fresh new voice than feel like I’m being reminded of somebody else. Some reviewers said this was an MG version of

    , but I haven’t read that yet to know for sure. If you have read it, then this probably gives you a good idea of what to expect. This is mostly in third person, but sometimes the narrator speaks directly to the reader in second person and then jumps back into third person. That didn’t bother me at all, but I know that bothers some people.

    It’s a cute story with characters that you’ll like and dislike, but I just didn’t love it overall. One character, Uncle Sly, has a personality very similar to Count Olaf. I wanted more to the story, more action, more emotional investment. I wanted to care more about the characters.

    I enjoyed the magic tips, tricks, and secret messages, plus it has nice illustrations! I now know how to do a coin trick, but I do need a lot of practice! The trick on how to guess a number that somebody is thinking is interesting, but I haven’t actually tried it on anyone. I hope it works! There were a few messages you had to decipher, but the one at the end was too time consuming, so I didn’t bother finishing the decoding. Oh well.

    The ending was predictable. Enough said on that.

    I probably will continue the series, because like I said, I love Neil Patrick Harris, but I hope in the next book he ups his game.

  • Lola

    3.5 stars.

    Well this was cute.

    It’s about Carter, a little boy whose parents disappeared a while ago, leaving him with an arrogant and egocentric uncle who uses him to steal from people.

    Carter himself does not steal, because he believes in earning honest money even at his young age, but he is by association stealing nonetheless. At the same time, his uncle forces him to do his magic tricks that beguile people while he himself pickpockets the spectators.

    Until one day Carter has had enough and decid

    3.5 stars.

    Well this was cute.

    It’s about Carter, a little boy whose parents disappeared a while ago, leaving him with an arrogant and egocentric uncle who uses him to steal from people.

    Carter himself does not steal, because he believes in earning honest money even at his young age, but he is by association stealing nonetheless. At the same time, his uncle forces him to do his magic tricks that beguile people while he himself pickpockets the spectators.

    Until one day Carter has had enough and decides to leave town. Where he goes, he meets young magicians who welcome him in their group. Together, they want to expose a villainous magician reminiscent of Carter’s uncle.

    Carter is a sweetheart. I have a soft spot for orphans, having lost a parent myself. He is a good hero for a middle grade series, because he is relatable, courageous and has a strong sense of what is right versus what is wrong.

    The story itself is fast-paced and contains adventure as well as quite a lot of magic, the characters having different magical abilities, or so it would seem. While there is no ‘‘real’’ magic, it often feels that way, because of how much Carter’s new friends believe in it.

    Unfortunately, most of the characters are one-dimensional. While they are ‘’nice,’’ and pleasant to read about, they are not unique. Not much sets them apart from other characters I have read about, except for their magical abilities and almost all of their voices sound similar. Even Carter’s voice is not very loud, seeing that the narrator’s presence is felt at all times.

    Maybe some will like that, given that it *is* Neil Patrick Harris’ voice heard through the narration, but personally I find that when the narrator’s presence is more important than the one of the hero/heroine, there is a problem.

    Would still recommend for *young* readers. It’s a very entertaining story that I had no trouble finishing in a single day. It’s short and fast-paced, and while it’s true the characters need more depth and a stronger voice, at least they are relatable and a positive influence on middle grade readers.

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  • Calista

    This is a great first book by Neil Patrick Harris. It is well written with an exciting story. We know he loves magic and he brings us a gang of kids who are geeky about magic and good at it too. They go up against an evil adult and they have to outwit him, which they do figure out a way to do so that was very well done.

    Neil has a flare for flare. He makes it very much in the show business world and his love of magic shines through. Throughout the book, he gives tips on how to pull off some cool

    This is a great first book by Neil Patrick Harris. It is well written with an exciting story. We know he loves magic and he brings us a gang of kids who are geeky about magic and good at it too. They go up against an evil adult and they have to outwit him, which they do figure out a way to do so that was very well done.

    Neil has a flare for flare. He makes it very much in the show business world and his love of magic shines through. Throughout the book, he gives tips on how to pull off some cool magic tricks. He gives the secret away to the shell game.

    I had fun reading this book. It was quick and went down with a side of fun. I don't know if I will go on or not, but maybe. I can see many kids being into this story.

  • Hope (HopelessBookAddict)

    This book was cute and I loved Neil’s narration. However, I felt as though it was predictable and too similar to other middle grade books I have read. I am sad I didn’t like this more. I doubt I will continue with the series.

  • Lucy Ghost

    Ladies and gentlemen, the very first middle grade-children Six of Crows retelling ever!

  • Cesar

    Six magical misfits going on an adventure.

    So Six of Crows but in a middle-grade book.

    Which is also by Neil Patrick Harris.

    Badass kids kicking butt like the Dregs.

  • Mike (the Paladin)

    You'll note no rating and no other shelves on this one. That's because I have decided not to rate it...

    Look I picked this book up on the strength of the enthusiasm that surrounded it and the announcement of it's eminent publication and arrival.

    A NEW BOOK BY NEIL PATRICK HARRIS!!!!! WHOOPEE!!!! THE WORLD WILL NEVER BE THE SAME!!!!

    Hummm...well maybe for, you know, real young kids. This is a very young book. I'd say parents read it to be sure it's for your kids and maybe read (or listen to the aud

    You'll note no rating and no other shelves on this one. That's because I have decided not to rate it...

    Look I picked this book up on the strength of the enthusiasm that surrounded it and the announcement of it's eminent publication and arrival.

    A NEW BOOK BY NEIL PATRICK HARRIS!!!!! WHOOPEE!!!! THE WORLD WILL NEVER BE THE SAME!!!!

    Hummm...well maybe for, you know, real young kids. This is a very young book. I'd say parents read it to be sure it's for your kids and maybe read (or listen to the audio book) with them.

    The book opens with young Harry (yeah that seems to be come kind of "go to" name in magical communities). As I said before...or started to...the book opens with young Harry, whose father was a stage magician running to catch a train. At first I wondered if maybe this was a young Harry Dresden running for the Hogworts Express...or whatever the American counter part might be.

    But nope no dice. I No this is a new Harry off for adventures with

    I mean other misfit children.

    It is as I said very young and I quickly became bored with it trying to stay interested in the excessive cuteness (really I've been trying to avoid diabetes for years and the sweetness here made the Coke I was sipping seem healthy). So if you're up for a very young book give it a shot.

    It's really....cute. Oh and full of magic tricks. There are even magic instructions included with the book. If it's for you enjoy.

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