If you were a 10 year old boy who came upon a note left by an uncle, a famous magician who vanished many years ago, that said:
To my nephew
I have to go away, and I may not be able to get back. If I don’t return, then my workshop and all it contains is yours if you can find it – and if you can find it, then you’re the right sort of boy to have it.
Would you consider yourself as the right sort of boy to find it, and set about doing so? Of course you would.
In Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms, by Lissa Evans, 10 year old Stuart Horten does exactly that. In his quest to find his great uncle’s workshop full of wonderful mechanisms, he encounters trickery, magic, and a number of quirky characters, including his nosy triplet neighbours, named April, May and June; Jeannie, the bossy, scheming mayoress, and Clifford, a hapless magician in training. Stuart must use all his wits, and figure out whom he can trust, to solve the puzzle clues Uncle Tony has left behind.
This book is perfect for any youngster wanting to immerse themselves is an adventure tale that’s a little out of the ordinary.