Author: Rucker Moses and Theo Gangi
Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Reader
Release Date: February 16, 2021
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Rating: ✈️ ✈️ ✈️ ✈️.5 out of ✈️ ✈️ ✈️ ✈️ ✈️
Source: I received a free finished copy from the publisher as a part of my participation in the Blog and Bookstagram Tour for Turn the Page Tours. All opinions are my own.
Magic has all but disappeared in Brooklyn, but one tenacious young magician is determined to bring it back in this exciting middle grade mystery.
Kingston has just moved from the suburbs back to Echo City, Brooklyn–the last place his father was seen alive. Kingston’s father was King Preston, one of the world’s greatest magicians. Until one trick went wrong and he disappeared. Now that Kingston is back in Echo City, he’s determined to find his father. Somehow, though, when his father disappeared, he took all of Echo City’s magic with him. Now Echo City–a ghost of its past–is living up to its name. With no magic left, the magicians have packed up and left town and those who’ve stayed behind don’t look too kindly on any who reminds them of what they once had. When Kingston finds a magic box his father left behind as a clue, Kingston knows there’s more to his father’s disappearance than meets the eye. He’ll have to keep it a secret–that is, until he can restore magic to Echo City. With his cousin Veronica and childhood friend Too Tall Eddie, Kingston works to solve the clues, but one wrong move and his father might not be the only one who goes missing.
Kingston and the Magician’s Lost and Found is a middle grade novel that I would’ve jumped at the chance to read when I was younger, and even as an adult I enjoyed both the story and the characters of the book. The book tapped into my childhood love of and belief in magic, for I have very fond memories of watching David Copperfield every time he had a new TV special air with my Dad. The story of Kingston’s search for his father who disappeared four years ago due to a magic trick gone awry, further piqued and held my interest with the level of complexity that was put into developing Echo City and the magic system that Kingston had to work with.
I found the reactions that Kingston and his family go through in response to his father’s disappearance to be very realistic and recognizable. Each of them is at a different stage in the grief process, from his mother who comes off as being at the final stage of acceptance and wanting to move forward by making the once family magic shop over into a coffee shop, to his uncles who fluctuate through the stages and Kingston himself who is in the constant stage of denial over the fact that his father is permanently gone.
Thankfully, Kingston’s refusal to accept that his father is gone forever, combined with his and his mother’s return to their Brooklyn, opens up the door to a world in which not only is magic real, but it’s far more complex than Kingston ever knew it to be. Utilizing the information his father shared with him about famous Black magicians as well as the secrets to his father’s three main tricks, Kingston learns that while he may be new to this new world, he’s more than equipped to interact with and even start to master it.
While I don’t want to give away too much about the book or what happens, I will say that this is a must read. It’s an enjoyable and fast paced mystery with loveable and relatable characters. This is a book that if my nephew were a little older, I’d give him this book to read; but, I’ll hold onto it in the meantime ready to give to him when he’s ready for it. It is also my hope, that with the ending being what it is, that this is only the first book in what I expect to be a promising and enjoyable series.
Rucker Moses is the pen name of Craig S. Phillips and Harold Hayes Jr. They both hail from Atlanta and started telling stories together at the University of Georgia. Together, they’ve been nominated for three Emmys for writing in a children’s program and have written for TV shows based on books by R. L. Stine and Christopher Pike. They also make virtual reality experiences and own a production company named SunnyBoy Entertainment. In no particular order, their favorite things to write about are ninjas, magic, space, and abandoned amusement parks. When not doing all that, they are
hanging with their wonderful families at home in Los Angeles.
Theo Gangi is a novelist and writing teacher based in Brooklyn. He’s written several acclaimed novels and short stories, and he’s worked on shows for Netflix. He writes far-out adventures that happen right next door. He directs the MFA program at St. Francis
College and lives with his wife, young son, and their dog. Kingston and the Magician’s Lost and Found is his first book for young readers.
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Enter to win one (1) finished copy of Kingston and the Magician’s Lost and Found by Rucker Moses and Theo Gangi! Open USA only. There will be 1 winner.
Giveaway starts: Monday,February15, 2021
Giveaway ends: Monday,February22, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. CST