Magic’s Most Wanted

HarperCollins/Harper. Jan. 2021. 352p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780062568373.
Gr 4-7–Thirteen-year-old Mason Morrison is in the middle of failing his oral book report when the music box he’s using as a visual aid magically transports his entire class to Antarctica. Each time Mason opens the music box, he unwittingly sends the group to far off locales until finally two agents of Magix, a secret organization overseeing magic, arrest Mason for being a wanted criminal. Mason is stunned to discover magic indeed exists and that there is video evidence of him stealing numerous magical objects. Before he can be put to trial, Mason is rescued by brilliant apprentice detective Avery Lobster. Along with a useful but grumpy white rabbit, these likable underdogs work together to clear Mason’s name and uncover a much larger conspiracy that threatens the future of magic. Though light on world-building, the central premise is inventive and unique. This plot-driven story relies heavily on Mason and Avery escaping from various threats and while the fast-paced action is entertaining, it keeps them both fairly one-dimensional. This is a minor issue, as readers will celebrate the satisfying conclusion that neatly ties together several threads from the intricate plot. There is an assumed white default, as Mason‘s appearance is not described in the text while other characters, including Avery, are only described when they have traits such as brown skin and black hair.
VERDICT No sleight of hand here, this enjoyable caper charms with a strong sense of camaraderie and imagination.

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