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

  • Fall-Out-Book-Nerd

    As you can obviously guess by the title, this book is about a group of young misfits who are also magicians... I am definitely down for that.

    This book has such a diverse cast and even though it was quite short I got a good idea of each character and how they are different but come together for the shenanigans.

    The age range for this book is definitely the younger side of middle grade but I found it whimsical and full of funny moments.

    I am still a little iffy about the writing style and I'm hopin

    As you can obviously guess by the title, this book is about a group of young misfits who are also magicians... I am definitely down for that.

    This book has such a diverse cast and even though it was quite short I got a good idea of each character and how they are different but come together for the shenanigans.

    The age range for this book is definitely the younger side of middle grade but I found it whimsical and full of funny moments.

    I am still a little iffy about the writing style and I'm hoping it won't be exactly like A Series of Unfortunate Events but I am excited for the next 3 books!

  • Jenny's Book Bag

    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.

  • Nicole Hewitt

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    This book is really cute—it definitely veers toward the younger MG audience, but that’s great—we need fun books for that age range. The story centers around a young boy who has seen the seedy side of magic—his father used it to con people, and Carter is rather disillusioned because of that. When another group of crooked illusionists comes to town, Carter decides something must be done. He teams up with a diverse group

    This review and many more can be found on my blog:

    This book is really cute—it definitely veers toward the younger MG audience, but that’s great—we need fun books for that age range. The story centers around a young boy who has seen the seedy side of magic—his father used it to con people, and Carter is rather disillusioned because of that. When another group of crooked illusionists comes to town, Carter decides something must be done. He teams up with a diverse group of kids (and a couple of worthy mentors) who help him defeat the bad guys.

    One thing to note is that the magic in the book is of the realistic variety, not the fantasy variety. I don’t really have a judgment about that either way, but I was curious going in which it would be.

    The narration feels a little odd at times—big words are explained throughout in a way that I found took me out of the story. I also feel like sometimes the book was … trying too hard? I’m not sure how else to describe it. Some elements of the story felt a little forced to me. But the story is fun and it’s sure to be a hit with the target age group. I also loved the magic tricks sprinkled throughout the book.

    I give this book a solid 3/5 stars or 3.25, if that was a thing?

  • Lola  Reviewer

    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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  • 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.

  • Luc Ghost

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

  • Marianne W

    Sooo, this is Six of Crows for children?? Told by Count Olaf?? GIMME.

  • 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.

  • ✨    jamieson   ✨

    this sounds so cute and fun oh my gosh !!!!!!

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