This book, by Steve Bryant, was delightful. I think anyone will enjoy it, but if you happen to be a magician, ghost show fan, or resident of the Midwest (or, ahem, all three) you’re in for a treat with page after page of allusions that will make you smile.
Before starting to read this book, I didn’t read the back cover summary. Therefore, I didn’t come to realize that Lucas and the troupe were dead until I got to around page 23. A realization that made me laugh with delight. (It’s not really a spoiler for me to say this, as most people will pick up on that a lot sooner, if not before they begin.)
Another moment, which I definitely will not spoil, is the perfect ending. Seriously, it’s exactly how the book should wrap up, and it offers something that you’ll recall with a smile in the future.
It’s a rare feeling for me to have, but about halfway through this book I realized that it would make a wonderful movie. I hope that Disney or someone else has optioned it from Mr. Bryant, it has so much potential for the big screen!
Just one more note, yes this is a “Young Adult” book, but don’t let that dissuade you. It’s smart, clever, and fun. And if you need more convincing see my review of Why You Should Read Children’s Books, Even Though You Are So Old and Wise.
Now, run off and get your copy of Lucas Mackenzie at Amazon, I’ll meet you in the back row of the theater, the show is about to begin!