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SMOKE & MIRRORS
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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Black MC learning how to handle microaggressions and prejudice

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

  • Incarcerated parent

  • Dealing with bullies and learning to forgive

IMPORTANT INFO:

  • Fall 2024 (Abrams/Amulet)

  • Page Count: 190

  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12

  • Available Formats: Hardcover, Audiobook

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

PRICE: $TBD

Smoke & Mirrors

A MIDDLE-GRADE MYSTERY

Spending the summer with his aunt as the only Black kid in a small midwestern town was bad enough, but now Andreus “Andy” Carter’s summer has been effectively ruined. His Dad’s parole hearing is postponed, and an old barn burns down. When the town points the blame at him, Andy is sentenced with helping the barn’s owner, a cantankerous old man, renovate his crumbling mansion—a mansion that hides a mystery. It was once owned by the famous (or infamous, depending on who you ask) magician, The Red Nave, who disappeared without a trace in 1954.

 

Investigating a mystery from the 50s isn’t the same as spending time with his dad, but Andy can’t help but be drawn into The Red Nave’s exciting world of magic and illusions. To solve the Nave’s final vanishing act, Andy teams up with another boy he doesn't quite trust. Secret by secret he uncovers not only the true identity of the Nave but the truth about Andy himself, and maybe just maybe he’ll reconnect with his dad and make new friends too.

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FAQ:

Are there reading guides/discussion questions/resources for teachers & educators?

Yes! Click on the Reading Guides section under the "Resources" tab to find resources to better help you educate students on the themes in Smoke & Mirrors.

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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.

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