A Magical Escape

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Leila Vernon — or as she was called back then, Leila Doe — lived in Mother Margaret’s Home for Children since she was a baby. She had no memory of her birth parents, and the only thing they left with her was a key that she had since she was dropped off at the orphanage. Unlike the other orphans, Leila always tried her best to be happy; this made the other kids hate her and bully her whenever they could.
But one night, when a magician was performing at Mother Margaret’s, everything changed for Leila: she wanted to be an escape artist.
“The Magic Misfits: The Second Story” by Neil Patrick Harris — the second book in the series — is an exciting story about magic and mystery.
Several years have passed, and Leila — now an expert escape artist — lives with her friend, Carter Locke, and her parents: her dad — Mr. Dante Vernon (the magician who performed at the orphanage) — and her “poppa”, whom her friends call the Other Mr. Vernon.
Leila, Carter and their four friends — known as the “Magic Misfits” — always work together, whether it’s to help out at Mr. Vernon’s magic shop, performing magic tricks, or saving their town.
It had been weeks since the Magic Misfits defeated B.B. Bosso — one of Mr. Vernon’s childhood friends who grew up to be a criminal — and everything seems be back to normal; that is, until Sandra Santos — a famous psychic and another of Mr. Vernon’s old friends — arrives at the magic shop and things start to get weird.
However, having Sandra come to visit is the least of the kids’ problems (she actually seems to have taken a liking to the Misfits and even asked Leila to perform at her show): Bosso’s pet monkey keeps breaking into Leila’s house, and there are rumors that Mr. Vernon and his friends set a hotel on fire when they were kids. When the day of Sandra and Leila’s performance arrives, the Magic Misfits begin to wonder if Sandra has a connection to peculiar events that are happening.
“The Magic Misfits: The Second Story” is a great read for anyone who’s interested in magic.
Inside the book, there are several magic tricks that you can perform, along with a key to read Morse code. In the table of contents, the names of the chapters are written in code (there is a key at the beginning of the book to decipher these as well).
I hadn’t read the first book, but since the first few pages are just an introduction to the characters, it was pretty easy to understand.
It’s fairly short with only about 280 pages, but it’s still a captivating book for all age groups.

“The Magic Misfits”, the first book in Harris’s series.