Small Change for Stuart
by Lissa Evans (Author)
Stuart Horten (S.Horten) feels like the odd one out in his family. His folks are distant, remote, distracted and very tall, which makes him wonder how he got to be so vertically challenged and where his curiosity and sense of adventure came from. A move to his father’s hometown and a connection to his past reveal many clues to Stuart’s heritage.
Not only does Stuart discover that his great uncle Tony (a.k.a. Teeny, Tiny Horten) was also short, but that he was a magician who vanished without a trace. A missing photo, a strange phone call and eight old pennies are just some of the keys to solving the mystery of his great uncle’s disappearance
Small Change for Stuartis an amusing, entertaining and enjoyable read, with a fantastic race at the end to discover the truth before evil Jeannie and her gormless side kick Clifford. It is a very visual story with wonderful descriptions of old decaying Victorian fair grounds, bandstands and magic halls. The imagery is vivid and readers will enjoy the bizarre and unusual buildings that act as a backdrop, including the marvellous museum. It is no surprise that Evans, a first-time children’s author, has been long listed for the Orange Prize for her adult novel Their Finest Hour and a Half. Definitely an author to watch.