Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, the Costa Book Awards, the UK Literacy Award and the Branford Boase Award

‘One of the year’s great delights…It’s a finely written book crammed with exciting incident and colourful characters; something quite special’ Independent on Sunday

Stuart Horten, ten years old and small for his age, moves to the dreary town of Beeton, far away from all his friends. And then he meets his new next door neighbours, the unbearable Kingley triplets, and things get even worse.

But in Beeton begins the strangest adventure of Stuart’s life, as he is swept up in quest to find his great-uncle’s lost workshop – a workshop stuffed with trickery and magic.   There are clues to follow, and puzzles to solve, but what starts as fun ends up as danger, and Stuart begins to realise that he can’t finish the task by himself…

The pace is rapid, the clues to Tony’s disappearance are intriguing and the characters are vividly—often hilariously—drawn. Irony runs hand in hand with just enough believable danger to create palpable tension.A vastly engaging, must-read mystery infused with the perfect touch of captivating conjuration—er, magic.’ Kirkus (starred review)

‘A small book about a small boy, and one of this year’s great delights’ Independent

‘A wonderfully intriguing adventure’ Daily Telegraph

‘I just couldn’t put it down…I can’t recommend it enough’ Bookzone for boys

‘A book full of warmth, sharp humour and clever puzzles’ Patrick Ness, Time Out

‘Perfect reading for children aged 7-10…This is Lissa Evans’s first children’s novel. It ought not to be the last.’ Achuka

‘The characters are fun and engaging…The action cracks along at a good pace and is a brilliant pre-teen magical mystery story’

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