1. Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms
Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms is the first of three by Lissa Evans about Stuart Horten (S.Horten, or, “Shorten”) Stuart is quite small for his age and his brilliant parents have just moved the family to a new home where the already awkward Stuart is now friendless and bored. Stuart comes to find out about the mysterious disappearance of his great uncle, a skilled stage magician, and Stuart winds up going on an adventure to uncover the truth. All three Horten books are great for boys and girls alike who struggle with insecurities, making friends, or who enjoy classic magic tricks. The books are a good mix of fiction and non-fiction. I recommend letting Horton’s magic do its trick for 3rd graders and up.