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Smoke & Mirrors



SMOKE & MIRRORS, pitched as FROM THE DESK OF ZOE WASHINGTON meets THE PARKER INHERITANCE, in which a Black boy is forced to spend his summer refurbishing an old mansion and in the process is pulled into the unsolved mystery of the previous owner, a famous magician who disappeared without a trace, to Erica Finkel at Amulet, for publication in spring 2025, by Paige Terlip at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (world).


  • Black main character learning how to handle microaggressions and prejudice

  • Twisting, spooky mystery involving magicians and a hunt for clues

  • Dealing with bullies and learning to forgive


  • Spring 2025 (Abrams/Amulet)

  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12

  • Similar Reads: FROM THE DESK OF ZOE WASHINGTON by Janae Marks, COOP KNOWS THE SCOOP by Taryn Souders


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What inspired this novel?

SMOKE & MIRRORS was loosely inspired by my time working as a small-town summer camp counselor. There, I saw the way white children’s side of the story was always easier believed. I combined that experience with my mother’s unshakable belief that the only difference between illusion and magic is perspective. SMOKE & MIRRORS is my way of telling the story of frustration and perseverance, wrapped in a mystery that will keep readers guessing until the last page!

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