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
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Magic, Fiction

Reviews The Magic Misfits

  • Lola
    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...
  • ✨ jamieson ✨
    “For years I looked for you. I never gave up, but I never imagined that fate would bring you to Mineral Wells.""Not fate," Leila said. "Magic."Magic, fate, or coincidence. Carter wasn't sure which was which anymore.” well this was entirely cute. the magic misfits is an absolute delight I admit I read this because I wanted to see what Neil Patrick Harris' novel would be like, and because it was giving me middle grade six of crows vibes, which...
  • Calista
    This is a great first book by Neil Patrick Harris. It is well written with an exciting story. We know he loves magic and he brings us a gang of kids who are geeky about magic and good at it too. They go up against an evil adult and they have to outwit him, which they do figure out a way to do so that was very well done. Neil has a flare for flare. He makes it very much in the show business world and his love of magic shines through. Throughout th...
  • Hope (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.
  • Jenny Baker
    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 ...
  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    “For me, magic can be a story, a game, a puzzle, or a surprise that takes my breath away in a single, furious gulp.” Fantastic! This is the kind of middle-grade adventure that parents are going to want to run out and grab for their family and read it over and over again. I'm starting to be convinced that Neil Patrick Harris must come from a planet far superior to ours because this man does it all and does it well. While here I am, thinking ...
  • ✦ Maica ✦ [mini hiatus]
    The magic of true friends is that even apart, they can't long be cut off from what lives in the heart. Actual Rating: 3.25 starsI love Neil Patrick Harris which is why when I first heard that he had a book coming out, I immediately marked it in my 'to be read' pile. Reading this book and connecting it with his real life was very delightful. I don't do magic - except in the kitchen. I mean come on, the Other Mr. Vernon is basically his husband...
  • Giselle Bradley
    DNFing about 20% in. This book is written just like a Series of Unfortunate Events. If I want to read that series then I'll just read it. (it is one of my favorites) I really like Neil a lot but it feels like when he was being Count Olaf he read ASOUE and decided to write a book in the same style but if just didn't work well. I just wasn't hooked at all. Oh well!
  • Kathryn
    I thoroughly enjoyed this little charmer. It's fun and heartfelt and, yes, full of magic. Carter is a sympathetic hero and the supporting characters are, for the most part, well-drawn. The setting also appealed to me--it could almost take place in the early 1900s, for we have little to no mention of any modern technology and the carnival feel with the side shows and all seems fairly timeless, too. Yet, it's also very much reflective of the 21st C...
  • ❄️✨ Kat ✨❄️
    So, of course when I saw that Neil Patrick Harris wrote a book, I had to get my hands all over it. It's actually pretty good, with a lot of ties to Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. They must have worked together on this book, because Snicket's review is the only one on the back cover.This is a middle-grade book about a boy named Carter. The book starts out with Uncle Sly, who is constantly trying to force Carter into being his acc...
  • 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."
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Fall-Out-Book-Nerd
    As you can obviously guess by the title, this book is about a group of young misfits who are also magicians... I am definitely down for that. This book has such a diverse cast and even though it was quite short I got a good idea of each character and how they are different but come together for the shenanigans.The age range for this book is definitely the younger side of middle grade but I found it whimsical and full of funny moments.I am still a...
  • Neelam
    I liked the story and the message it told but didn’t love it. Maybe if i was younger i would have enjoyed it more?I really liked the interactive aspect. Makes the book fun for kids!
  • Terry
    This was a really good book, and I am excited to read the other books in the series. The author does a nice job of creating characters that are believable and that the reader cares about. The ending of the book drags out a bit, and, at times, Harris, who narrates the audio book, struggles to maintain his accents for the various characters. That can be a bit distracting. Overall, it is a nice story about a boy who is working to find a place to bel...
  • Kristie
    Přiznám se, že kdyby autorem nebyl Neil Patrick Harris, asi bych se k téhle knize ani nedostala. A hádám, že tak to bude mít spousta lidí. Zkrátka jsem byla zvědavá, jak si Harris, kterého znám hlavně jako herce (a mám ho jako herce ráda), s knihou pro děti poradil.A jo, nebylo to špatné. V knize má velkou roli sám vypravěč, často ke čtenáři promlouvá a narušuje příběh. To mi rozhodně nevadilo, bylo to totiž vž...
  • alis
    wow, it felt like years since i started reading this book and got bored because i dont really like the storytelling, i think it's works better for kids, even tho i love middle grade books, this was different. nothing really exciting me as an adult, but i would love to read it for my kid in the future, so much love, diversity and tricks if you want to be a magician.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Completely Melanie
    This is a super cute middle grade story. I read this with my 12 year old son. He loved it and had me pre-order the next one. Carter was taught how to do magic tricks very young so that his Uncle Sly could use him to swindle people out of their money, but Carter did not like the things that his Uncle did and eventually he ran away. He finds himself in the town of Mineral Wells and makes friends with other kids who also can do magic tricks. They te...
  • Kelly O’Leary
    I think that this book is great for young readers who are interested in a book that is exciting, suspenseful and funny. It is pretty entertaining and also teaches the reader how to perform a few magic tricks throughout the book. I enjoyed this book and am excited for the next two in the series to come out.
  • Stacy Renee (LazyDayLit)
    Loved it!!! So much fun! Full review coming soon.
  • -ˋˏ c a i s e e ˎˊ-
    3.5 Stars.