Big Change for Stuart (#2)
PUBLICATION JULY 2013
Stuart Horten (ten, but looks younger) is now the owner of a magician's workshop - except that without his Great-Uncle's Last Will and Testament, he can't actually prove it. Which is a problem, since someone else wants it as well; someone who has a lot of money. The workshop contains seven magnificent stage illusions, but when Stuart starts to investigate them, he discovers that each is the gateway to a magical adventure, with a puzzle to solve, and a clue to extract. As the clues mount up, the adventures become riskier. Friendship is strained, danger looms, and Stuart has to decide what sort of prize he really, truly wants.
The second novel featuring unlikely hero, Stuart Horten; a fast-paced adventure full of magic and mystery, clues to unravel and puzzles to solve.
"A gem for budding heroes" -- Amanda Craig The Times 20120512 "It delivers everything a good old-fashioned adventure should ... A smart book for a smart young reader" -- Marcus Sedgwick Guardian "A story fluctuating between humour and high drama ... The first story about this likeable boy, published last year, came out to universal praise. This second one is just as good" Independent on Sunday "A great follow up to the previous story about Stuart, once again full of action and magical adventures. A fun and exciting read!" The Bookbag "Delightful ... Each adventure is a mini-story in itself, and all the time clues are piling up for Stuart while at the same time the dangers mount. By the time Stuart investigates the last illusion, the reader really is on the edge of their seat ... Evans is a talented writer. Remember the name and watch out for more" South China Post
This is Lissa's second book for Random House Children's Publishers. Her first, Small Change For Stuart, was shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award and the Carnegie Medal and longlisted for the Guardian Children's Book Award. She has also written books for adults and younger children. After a brief career in medicine, and then in stand-up comedy, Lissa became a comedy producer, first for radio and then in television. She lives with her family in north London.