The Carnival of Lost Souls: A Handcuff Kid Novel

Title

The Carnival of Lost Souls: A Handcuff Kid Novel

Authors

Laura Quimby

Publisher

Amulet Books

Publication Year

2011

ISBN

9780810989801

Pages

341 pages

Genre

fantasy

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

For one charismatic kid, the dangerous world of the Forest of the Dead becomes the setting for the ultimate escape trick in this exciting debut novel.Jack Carr has been shuttled from foster home to group home to foster home his entire life. The only constant has been his interest in magic, especially handcuff escapes like those mastered by his hero, Harry Houdini. When he’s placed with the Professor, however, he feels like he’s finally found a home—but his new guardian is hiding a dangerous secret.Years ago the Professor bartered his soul to the undead magician Mussini, and when the payment is due, he sends Jack in his place. Jack must travel with Mussini to the Forest of the Dead, a place in between the real world and the afterlife, where he’s forced to perform in Mussini’s traveling magic show. If he stays in the Forest long enough, he’ll die himself. To find his way home, he’ll have the help of Mussini’s other “minions”—kids stolen just like Jack—and his wits, nothing more. Can he follow the example of his hero, Houdini, and escape the inescapable?

Grade Level

6-8

Lexile Measure

750L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Foster care; foster child

Main Character

male child

Keywords

orphans; future life; magic tricks

Diversity Impact

indirect

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