ARC Review: Kingston and the Magician’s Lost and Found // Full of magic and full of heart

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Title: Kingston and the Magician’s Lost and Found
Author: Rucker Moses, Theo Gangi
Genre/s and tags: Middle Grade, Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Magic, POC Lead
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication date: February 16, 2021
Content warnings: Violence (mild), loss of a parent, grief
Goodreads synopsis: 

Magic has all but disappeared in Brooklyn, but one tenacious young magician is determined to bring it back in this exciting middle grade mystery.

Kingston has just moved from the suburbs back to Echo City, Brooklyn–the last place his father was seen alive. Kingston’s father was King Preston, one of the world’s greatest magicians. Until one trick went wrong and he disappeared. Now that Kingston is back in Echo City, he’s determined to find his father. Somehow, though, when his father disappeared, he took all of Echo City’s magic with him. Now Echo City–a ghost of its past–is living up to its name. With no magic left, the magicians have packed up and left town and those who’ve stayed behind don’t look too kindly on any who reminds them of what they once had. When Kingston finds a magic box his father left behind as a clue, Kingston knows there’s more to his father’s disappearance than meets the eye. He’ll have to keep it a secret–that is, until he can restore magic to Echo City. With his cousin Veronica and childhood friend Too Tall Eddie, Kingston works to solve the clues, but one wrong move and his father might not be the only one who goes missing.



A big thank you to Megan Beatie Communications for sending me an advanced reader’s copy!
(This, of course, did not affect my overall opinion of the book.)

Hello book nerds! How do you feel about magic, mystery, and Black magicians in Brooklyn? It’s all in here in Kingston and the Magician’s Lost and Found!

Getting an ARC of this upcoming title was a total surprise, but after I read the synopsis, I was so excited to dive into this book! I love magic and magicians, and I just had a feeling I will love this book.

Full of magic and full of heart, Kingston and the Magician’s Lost and Found is a middle grade fantasy novel you will adore!

My thoughts on Kingston and the Magician’s Lost and Found

This was so fun to read! It’s light and mysterious, but it was also very heartfelt, especially since family was a big theme in the book.

Loved the characters, although I think I wanted to get more of a feel of Kingston’s character. Reading the story through his eyes, there was the innocence of a child, but there was also the eagerness and yearning of a boy who has lost his dad to unusual circumstances. I rooted for him and wanted him to succeed, yes, and yet, I wasn’t all too taken his overall personality. Still, there were other characters who also made this story come alive—Eddie, V, King’s uncles, and even Urma Tan.

The plot was definitely filled with adventure and we see Kingston and his friends go all over Echo City in search for clues and answers. I have to say though, there were times when I really wanted to see more thrill. However, I do know that this is a middle grade book and the thrill I’m looking for might not be appropriate for it. On the other hand, I have to hand it to the authors! There were a couple of twists I didn’t see coming, but thoroughly enjoyed in the story.

As I mentioned above, family was a big theme in the book. And now that I look back at the story, I loved how the authors showed different facets of a family. There was a family with unconditional love, a disjointed family but still holding onto each other, family that can hurt, a family hurting, and more.

Best of all was reading about the magic and the history of magic through Kingston’s perspective! When I was younger, I had a phase when I was so into magic and magicians (I think I still do). So seeing stories about magic and all the history of magic, especially of Black magicians incorporated into the story, was really wonderful.

Overall, this was a great read and I’m sure both kids and adults will love this book!

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