The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris

The Magic Misfits

From 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 encounter ...

Details The Magic Misfits

TitleThe Magic Misfits
Release DateNov 21st, 2017
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade

Reviews The Magic Misfits

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • Nicole Hewitt
  • Trianna
    Cute & fun writing
  • Michael
    This is a cute origin story to kick off a trilogy. I don't think I would have picked this up if Neil Patrick Harris's name hadn't been on it, but he didn't just slap his name on someone else's story and take the credit (and the money): there's a lot of him in there.. and it's a pretty good story, that I'm definitely glad I picked up. Absolutely worth a read. Even so, it *is* somewhat formulaic and does take a little while to get going: my almost-...
  • 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...
  • Kari
    **4.5 Stars**ARC received at BEA for review.Carter is running away from an uncle who uses magic and tricks to steal from people. Carter isn't a thief. On the run, he meets the mysterious Mr. Vernon who convinces Carter to visit his magic shop. Once there, Carter meets Leila (escape artist), Theo (levitation), and Riley (transformation). Carter is soon welcomed into their secret magic club and learns that magic isn't just about tricking people, it...
  • Amber
    Not only am I mildly obsessed with anything carnival/circus related, but the author? It was a must read for me!Now, I know that this book is just a peek of what is to come on release date day as Neil mentioned in one of his notes in the beginning so I am excited to see what else the finished product holds. I felt that this was really fun, mysterious and left off at what I thought was an ending - so I am really interested in how it could possibly ...
  • Indianna
    I loved this book. Full of magic and intrigue and amazingly colourful cast of characters. I was seriously impressed by this entire story, it just flowed really, really well. The characters were entirely engaging and I think any child (or adult) who reads it will be blown away. I enjoyed the villains, and they could easily be compared to those of Lemony Snicket’s. In the way that they are quite captivatingly good villains, that have a lot of dis...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kerry
    This started off a bit generic for me but it ends with such a great plot twist and it's the beginning of what I am sure will be a very successful series. My favorite part is that Neil Patrick Harris uses a lot of challenging vocabulary unapologetically because he knows it's annoying when authors dumb language down for kids. He also manages to gently slip in a loving adoptive family with two dads and does it just perfectly so that it's just no big...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Ashley
    This was a fun start to a new middle grade series from the fabulous NPH! I loved the quirky cast of characters and the lessons of magic woven into the story. He also included a wide variety of characters in a way that was natural and beautiful and just like real life.This is definitely a younger middle grade, more Series of Unfortunate Events than Percy Jackson. In fact, it was a bit reminiscent of SoUE in the best ways. Really looking forward to...
  • Jann
    I received an advance reader's copy of The Magic Misfits, first in a new series. Older elementary and middle school students who are interested in magic will enjoy this short tale of kids who do not fit in with their peers, but find companionship and acceptance with each other. There is enough adventure and a small amount of suspense to keep the reader reading. Students will appreciate the magic tips provided. I appreciated the diversity of the c...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Taressa Anderson
    It was a fun read. The story feels much like Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events which I guess is appropriate considering Neil Patrick Harris is starring in the Netflix series. Kids love magic so this is s great tie in for pleasure reading. I like how he breaks it up into parts and adds an "intermission " of instructions about how to create a magic trick. Also fun is the way he titles the chapters. Very imaginative and Light reading.
  • Lisa Mellen
    Magician Carter lives with his unscrupulous uncle after his parents have died. He runs away after his uncle tries to pull yet another scam and ends up in a small New England town where he meets a group of misfits who are also interested in magic tricks. Middle school book. Loved the magic tricks interspersed between the chapters.
  • Carlita MF
    This book was part of a give away in NYCC, I got for free and was one of the funnies things I found on that con. The story is funny, interesting and easy to read. Perfect for someone who doesn't speak english very well or just want to practice. Also, is great for kids.Is not a perfect book, but it gave me a pleasent time to read it.