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Summary

Harry Houdini. Penn and Teller. David Copperfield. Marcus Millian the Third. Okay, so Marcus isn't a famous magician. He may not even be a great magician. But his great-grandfather, the once-legendary and long-retired Zachary the Stupendous, insists Marcus has true talent. And when Grandpa Zachary boasts that he and Marcus are working on an illusion that will shock, stun, and astonish, Marcus wishes he could make himself disappear. The problem? Marcus also has stage fright - in spades. It's one thing to perform elaborate card tricks in front of his best friend, Kimberly, but it's an entirely different feat to perform in front of an audience. Then Grandpa Zachary dies in his sleep. To uphold his great-grandfather's honor, the show must go on. It would take a true sorcerer to pull off the trick Marcus has planned. But maybe he's the next best thing.

©2017 Jeff Strand (P)2017 Tantor

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"Strand maintains a taut pace with cliff-hanger endings to each chapter, even as he explores larger themes of confidence, perseverance, loyalty, peer pressure, bullying, family relationships, and the role of practice in developing skills." ---School Library Journal

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  • 08-08-17

Unfortunately Absurdist

This was a novel premise and I was instantly intrigued.

Unfortunately, the book focused on absurdist and nonsense humor instead of character or plot development.

This book could have benefited from some genuine sincerity and investment in the stage magic premise that made it so appealing.

I was left annoyed and very disappointed.

I can’t really recommend Stranger Things Have Happened because I can’t imagine who the audience for it could be.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-02-21

very great book for a highschooler

this book was really good. 9/10 for sure. I think I would have enjoyed it 100% if only I was still in high-school but anything by Jeff Strand is amazing