The Magic Misfits (Magic Misfits, #1) by Neil Patrick Harris

The Magic Misfits (Magic Misfits, #1)

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 and everything they can get their sticky fingers on.After a fateful encount...

Details The Magic Misfits (Magic Misfits, #1)

TitleThe Magic Misfits (Magic Misfits, #1)
Release DateNov 21st, 2017
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fiction

Reviews The Magic Misfits (Magic Misfits, #1)

  • 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 spec...
  • 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...
  • Stacy Fetters
    "Each of you has a long road ahead. It will be hard at times, but if you work together and stay true to one another, nothing will bar you. Alone you are weak. Together you are strong. So says the universe." 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...
  • Nicole Hewitt
    This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction AddictionThis 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...
  • BookHugger
    The Magic Misfits is a middle-grade novel coming out November 21st that I was lucky enough to get an ARC of at Yallwest! When I picked it up, I certainly wasn't expecting to recognize the name of the author--the famous Neil Patrick Harris. Usually, I'm hesitant when celebrities write novels because a part of me believes their fame assists them in the publishing process, but I also remember that I love Chris Colfer's books, so I shouldn't be this ...
  • Rita Mariani
    [3.5 Stars] "It will be hard at times, but if you work together and stay true to one another, nothing will bar you. Alone you are weak. Together you are strong. So say the Gatekeepers of Destiny."
  • Shae McDaniel
    Very cute! One of those books that made me aware that I was not the target audience, but that's okay, and I think the Shae-who-used-to-be-the-target-audience would have enjoyed it. Gave me a bit of a Pseudonymous Bosch feel.
  • Brenda Ayala
    I may be slightly biased. I used to watch Doogie Howser reruns with my mom. I just recently finished binge watching How I Met Your Mother (for like the fifth time) two nights ago. I have a signed copy of NPH's autobiography, which I stills tote as the best autobiography I have read so far. I enjoyed it when he hosted the Oscars, I think the Harold and Kumar movies are hilarious, I love looking up the family costumes he and his husband come up wit...
  • Nauka N.
    most of people read this book because of the childrens-six-of-crows vibes that is carried by this. honestly, I read this book since it written by Neil Patrick Harris (and his magical tricks lmao) and the interesting blurbs. I'm not really into this but still, it was fun and entertaining and full of diversity. I'm pretty sure I'll read the next one!
  • Mandy
    Cute and heartwarming. It may just be that I've needed something lighthearted and entertaining for awhile, and this was exactly what I wanted. It is similar in style to the Series of Unfortunate Events in some aspects. I enjoyed the secret messages throughout and would have been super in to that as a kid. I look forward to reading the rest in the series as they come out.
  • Sarah
    The first of a fun new magical series.Plot is broken up with a variety of magic tricks, fun way of exploring the story.
  • Becky Ginther
    I am generally a fan of Neil Patrick Harris. But I was unfortunately not really impressed with his foray into the world of children's literature. There are so many great middle grade novels that are so well written they are appealing to adults as well. This is not one of them. It may very well be popular with children, whom it is obviously aimed towards. It's a decent book and a cute little story, but didn't stand out as anything special to me.A ...
  • Kim McGee
    Carter is being taught magic so he can help his Uncle rob people which doesn't sit well with him so he hops a train and runs away. He likes the little town the train stops at but is soon thinking of leaving again after a crooked magician wants Carter to join their band. Fearful of trusting anyone or believing that there is anyone good in the world, he meets a group of magic loving kids and the owner of a magic shop. With the help of his new frien...
  • Katie Lawrence
    ARC received from Hachette Books. This was a quick, delightful read about a band of kids with various magical/performing talents. I loved the diversity in the characters, the inclusion of actual magic trick tutorials, and the sordid carnival concept. I think I would have appreciated about 20 more pages developing the characters a bit more, but that might have detracted from the speedy read. I found the inclusion of definitions throughout to be a ...
  • Krysta
    Source: ARCI don't doubt this series will be very popular. However, though it possesses all the ingredients of what should be a successful middle grade, it just doesn't come alive. The characters feel flat and under-developed. The narration seems largely to be a description of events that happen, one after the other. The prose tries very hard to be clever and funny. Sometimes it almost is. But the author is famous and the premise is sound so I'm ...
  • Brandon
    A fun book that kids will love. The main character Carter is quickly endeared to the reader and his adventures are interesting to follow. There is good suspense built up throughout the book, and the misfits, with their diverse personalities and magical skills, are a likeable lot and a good team.
  • Trianna
    Cute & fun writing
  • Julie Garner
    I received an advanced reading copy of this book.OMG! This book was so much fun. It all started on the contents page. I am not going to ruin the fun of the exploration of this book, except to say that there are secret messages throughout, as well as lots of things to keep your eyes open for. Harris has made this book more than just a tale about how the Magic Misfits come to be, there are tips for magical tricks as well some cute illustrations. Ca...
  • J'aime
    I read a lot of young adult fiction, even though I am *ahem* well above the target age group. When I saw that Neil Patrick Harris had written a “middle grade” novel about a group of misfit child magicians I quickly requested the ARC. This book is sure to be a hit!There are several things that stand out in the book. First, the author breaks the fourth wall (not unlike Lemony Snicket) and talks directly to the reader. This happens in the introd...
  • Alannah
    This book is one of the best children's books I've read in a while. It is well written, is a cute story, and has a very diverse cast. The writing style is a lot like the TV show of a series of unfortunate events in that it will pause the story at times to explain the lingo, so if you don't like that it's probably not for you.I am 15, so I probably wouldn't be the best person for a review if you want a review given by the target audience my 10-yea...
  • MM Finck
    My son - who is adamant that he "doesn't like reading" - left school early to finish this book. I have no words. As a writer/reader, I've put a hundred incredible books in front of him. Nothing. THIS book. Neil (or publicist who reads this!), please hear me. *This* is my first readerly connection with my son. I got your ARC from a children's bookstore I'm affiliated with. I have four kids, three schools, two counties, one city, and a pretty big r...
  • Acota Tsuki
    i got this book as a ARC that i picked up at yallwest.I don't usually leave reviews but i thought i would just write something small since i got a ARC and i did really enjoy this book it was a very cute fun read, i really enjoyed the characters and the plot of the book ( i'm a big fan of anything with magicians and circus or carnivals in it so that could have helped to), it was funny and interesting and i would definitely recommend it to parents ...