Audacity Jones Steals the Show by Kirby Larson (Audacity Jones #2)
Published by Scholastic Press on January 31, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 176 pages
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Audacity Jones and her best friend, Bimmy, are setting off from Miss Maisie's School for Wayward Girls on an extraordinary adventure! In the glittering city of New York, the girls meet Harry Houdini, the world's most famous magician, as he prepares a new spectacle: Houdini plans to make an elephant disappear from a crowded theater.
But Audacity and Bimmy discover a nefarious plot that puts Houdini's illusion in jeopardy. Who could be trying to sabotage the master magician? Audie will need all her smarts, the help of friends new and old, and even her best juggling skills to solve this mystery. Will she manage to save the show in time?
Newbery Honor author Kirby Larson brings readers a magical romp of a mystery that will delight and thrill to the very last page.
Note: I received an advanced copy of AUDACITY JONES STEALS THE SHOW from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
- This is a fun, light-hearted middle-grade adventure with just a touch of fantasy in the form of gentle magic, and I’m not talking about the talented illusions of Mr. Houdini. Villains are not too evil, heroes are all brave and kind, and clever young people save the day with their wits and teamwork. It is a great book for younger readers or for adults to share with children around them.
- The two protagonists, Audacity and her friend Bimmy, are both clever and brave girls. In this story, they are joined by a scientist (who happens to be female) as they aid the Pinkerton agent, Cypher, in protecting his client, the great magician Houdini. It is heartening to see an open and honest friendship between girls that builds on the differing strengths of each of them. That they have a band of similarly adventurous friends back home is a bonus.
- Children love animals, and they will adore reading the thoughts of cats, dogs, and one lonely baby elephant …. as well as read about the challenges of inter-species communications.
- The fantasy element in this series is very light, and you might even miss the interventions of a particularly talented four-footed hypnotist.
- The story is ambitious, with lots of moving parts, and some of the action takes place behind the scenes, making the plot a bit jumpy at times. I had to flip back occasionally to see if I’d missed reading a section only to realize that, no indeed, something had been accomplished – and the details would be left to my imagination.
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Audacity Jones by Kirby Larson
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