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SMOKE AND MIRRORS

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SMOKE & MIRRORS by Rosalyn Ransaw (debut)

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.

 

With hidden rooms and twists and turns combined with deep emotional heart and relationship struggles, SMOKE & MIRRORS perfectly straddles the commercial and literary line. The complex family dynamics of From the Desk of Zoe Washington meets the captivating twists of Coop Knows the Scoop and The Parker Inheritance in this layered small-town mystery with tons of heart. Based on Rosalyn’s own experiences as a Black kid in a predominately white town, SMOKE & MIRRORS asks the question: how much of the truth is having people believe it? 

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

  • Retailers: Bookshop.org, Barnes & Noble, Amazon etc.

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

PRICE: $TBD

AUTHOR BIO

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Cake brownie candy canes tart macaroon dragée apple pie tiramisu brownie. Sesame snaps jelly cupcake candy canes pudding cake. Pudding ice cream fruitcake liquorice lemon drops pudding.

INCLUDING:

  • Wafer bear claw lollipop

  • Jelly apple pie pudding biscuit

  • Cake candy ice cream sugar plum jelly-o donut

  • Cake pie dessert

PRICE: $500

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