NetGalley Devours: Big Change for Stuart by Lissa Evans
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Mix magic mayhem and mystery with fiendish puzzles and pulsating peril to make a truly compelling confection.
Stuart Horten – ten, but looks younger – is now the owner of a magician’s workshop. Except that without his Great-Uncle’s Last Will and Testament, he can’t actually prove it. Which is a problem, since someone else wants it as well: someone who has a lot of money.
The workshop contains seven magnificent stage illusions, but when Stuart starts to investigate them, he discovers that each is the gateway to a magical adventure, with a puzzle to solve, and a clue to extract.
As the clues mount up, the adventures become riskier. Friendship is strained, danger looms, and Stuart has to decide what sort of prize he really, truly wants. [From the publisher]
I have to confess I don’t read much Children’s fiction – but this title really caught my eye. My favourite book as a child was Stuart Little and finding another little Stuart was too much to resist, especially as my first child is due in a month!
While Big Change for Stuart is a sequel to Lissa Evans’ Little Change for Stuart, it works perfectly well as a standalone novel (in fact …
there’s rather a neat way that we get a quick recap as to what happened in the previous volume). I found myself caught up in the action in the way I remembered following the Hardy Boys, The Famous Five and Stuart Little when I was about seven or eight. This is classic children’s fiction, classic but with a twist. Lissa Evans is genuinely a very funny writer, with an easy humour that manages to be funny to adults and children at the same time.
It’s an appealing, winning and incredibly difficult formula to pull off, but there is no denying that Evans has managed it with style and élan. I would imagine that Big Change for Stuart (and its prequel) would be great for older kids to read alone, but just as good as a bedtime story. I know it’s one I’ll turn to in the future!
I requested this from the publisher, and read on my Kindle Paperwhite.
-Review written by Stuart Evers, UK Concierge