The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris

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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The Magic Misfits Reviews

  • 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.

  • Lucy Ghost

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

  • Stacy Fetters

    I'm so disappointed in myself that I talked myself out of meeting Neil Patrick Harris at Bea this year. He was signing copies of this and I didn't want to wait. Now I'm kicking myself because this book was so good and magical. Everything about this grabbed my attention and didn't let up. 🙃🙃

    C

    I'm so disappointed in myself that I talked myself out of meeting Neil Patrick Harris at Bea this year. He was signing copies of this and I didn't want to wait. Now I'm kicking myself because this book was so good and magical. Everything about this grabbed my attention and didn't let up. 🙃🙃

    Carter is a runaway. After escaping the clutches of his evil "Uncle" Sly Mike who is nothing but a no good pick pocket. That's not the life Carter has set for himself. After his parents disappeared, he has been finding a place to belong. And now he is riding the rails to his new forever home.

    He gets off in a small town of Mineral Wells and runs right into the show of B.B. Bosso's. Which Carter comes to find out is nothing but tricks and thievery.

    Carter meets a colorful cast of Magicians who bond together and help people get back what truly belongs to them before one of the biggest heists happens in that very small town.

    From the start, this reminds you of The Series of Unfortunate Events. The way the words flow even down to his mannerisms, this is NPH trying to be his counterpart L.S. It took some of its character away from the final overall review. Besides that, I thought this was a well thought out magical mystery that will razzle dazzle you. Opens your eyes to the middle-grade world and show you that you can be an adult and still enjoy some wacky humor and intrigue.

    Now! Now! Anyone want to see a trick???

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sunny's Books

    Holy hell! I sense Six of Crows vibes, AND TOLD BY NEIL PATRICK HARRIS?!?!

    This is something I didn’t know I needed until now. I don’t think I can wait a month...

  • ✨    jamieson   ✨

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

  • 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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  • Jake Goldberg

    Alas! Earwax! The stuffing with thanksgiving dinner tasted disgusting. I hope my Gran never sees this post. Sorry Gran but Yuk!

    So I spent the day at my Grans for thanksgiving yesterday and read this. Yes the whole book, it was either that or listen to mom and my aunt talk about when they were at school or listen to my Gran go on about me being a Vegetarian. I won't mention my cousins!!!!

    The Magic Misfits: This is a story with a happy ending, but some pretty rough spots before you get there. Our

    Alas! Earwax! The stuffing with thanksgiving dinner tasted disgusting. I hope my Gran never sees this post. Sorry Gran but Yuk!

    So I spent the day at my Grans for thanksgiving yesterday and read this. Yes the whole book, it was either that or listen to mom and my aunt talk about when they were at school or listen to my Gran go on about me being a Vegetarian. I won't mention my cousins!!!!

    The Magic Misfits: This is a story with a happy ending, but some pretty rough spots before you get there. Our main character, Carter, is an orphan - Oh come on an Orphan? How many books do we have to have an Orphan? Harry Potter, Alex Rider, Tom Sawyer, Annie, James Bond, Escape to Witch Mountain, The Secret Garden, The Jungle Book, David Copperfield, The Book Thief, the list goes on and on and on.

    Anyway back to the book; After his parents vanish mysteriously, Carter’s life takes a turn for the worse. Forced to live with a distant relative known as Sly Mike who is a magician and a con artist, he is taught wonderful magic tricks but is forced to employ them to aid and abet his “uncle’s” criminal activities. When his uncle goes too far, Carter flees to the town of Mineral Wells, where he meets Mr. Vernon and the Other Mr. Vernon—two men with an adopted daughter—(YES she is another orphan) and a crew of teenage magicians who are misfits like himself and who teach him to believe in the redemptive powers of magic and family. (The Weaslsy's from Harry Potter).

    It’s difficult to feel invested in a story if I do not feel emotion or like the characters. And really, I don’t care about them. Well not enough to want to read the sequel

    I'd recommend it for 2nd grade and up! but there are better books out there. My Gran said the author is a famous actor!! But could not name a movie only that he was in a TV show playing a kid doctor.

    Jake 13

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