Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Magic in the City by Heather Dyer

Jake and Simon are not happy about having to leave their home in Canada and move to England.  Their cousin wasn't much fun when she came to visit and they'll be leaving all their friends behind.  But with their dad in prison and their mom unable to continue house payments they have no choice.  They're traveling resentfully and they're being crabby until they come out of train station and see a magician.  He's selling off the tools of his trade.  The boys have no money but they end up with three items anyway.  They have no idea what they have...

Kids Can Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 4th.

There's a lot of fantasy in this story, that's what makes it fun to read!  Jake wants to steal something valuable so he can buy their house back.  Having a magic carpet to ride might help that but Simon wants to meet the queen.  He does get a chance to meet the queen because he can stop time.  When he finds the queen, he takes her hand, stops time and then has a nice visit.  The queen keeps the clock so she can have some quiet time to herself when she wants it.

Jake and Hannah come after Simon and nearly get caught.  They take a photo of a picture and find themselves on a boat!  Before they get away from the past and back to the present, they end up with a cabin boy coming with them.  He takes the camera so he can go where he wants to go.

The magic carpet got wet and is useless now but Hannah hopes it will recover when it dries.

The ending is amazing.  It's worth reading the whole story just to get the ending.  It was a fun read with a great ending.

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