The Carnival of Lost Souls: A Handcuff Kid Novel

The Carnival of Lost Souls A Handcuff Kid Novel 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 gr

  • Title: The Carnival of Lost Souls: A Handcuff Kid Novel
  • Author: Laura Quimby
  • ISBN: 9780810989801
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 WhenFor 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 Can he follow the example of his hero, Houdini, and escape the inescapable

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    One thought on “The Carnival of Lost Souls: A Handcuff Kid Novel

    1. Linda

      I really enjoyed this novel. I liked the info about Houdini between the chapter-just enough to lead a kid to the library for more if they were intrigued. Jack's learning that family is what you make it really struck a chord w/me. My only problem was in the end he went back w/the Professor even though he basically traded his soul away. I know forgiveness is something to encourage but this was an extreme betrayal that I'm not sure was forgivable. It did make me think on the issue long after I had [...]

    2. Caranna

      Jack Carr has spent his life being shuffled between group homes, foster homes, and back again. At age 12, he is an expert at escaping handcuffs and idolizes the late Harry Houdini. When Jack is placed with the Professor, he feels like he’s finally found a home with people who love and care about him. However, 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 tricks Jack into going in his place [...]

    3. Edin

      This book is one of the most suspenseful and exciting books that I have read. The theme I found was to never trust what you see, the main character, Jack, learns this lessons many times. He first learns it when his latest foster dad, Professor Hawthorne, sells him to an evil magician named Mussini. Professor Hawthorne looked like an average man but he had an unusually love for magic, like Jack, which was why Jack felt love for the first time in his life. Later in the Land of The Dead Mussini sho [...]

    4. Jasmine Rose

      I had a lot of hope for The Carnival of Lost Souls because I’ve always been a fan of magic. When I was younger I actually used to collect tricks and anytime there was a magic show on tv, I was all over it. I was hoping this book would bring that feeling back, but it just wasn’t the same. Nothing at all really worked for me. The story itself felt a little disjointed. Everything moved so quickly I was often left figuring I’d missed a few pages. It wasn’t moving in an actiony way or anythin [...]

    5. Caitlin

      5 reasons why this book is marvelous! It’s got magic in it. Houdini magic. Enough said. I absolutely love the world that Quimby creates. It’s magical, it’s ghostly, it’s the world of a carnival. Three great things wrapped up in one. Jack is a foster care kid which I think isn’t touched on enough in books, and Quimby features this aspect in a delicate, yet deeply touching way. This book is a great way to introduce kids to Houdini and his historical roots. Non-fiction slipped in through [...]

    6. The SMART Book Club

      My opinion of the book was that it was excellent. The book was mostly serious, but had some humorous parts like when Jack tries to act all cool in front of Violet. It was very interesting to read about how Jack did amazing things like wrestling a pig and escaping from handcuffs. But I would say that the book could have been longer and could have had a little more humor. I hope the author makes it a series just like the first book.To read the rest of this review, click here

    7. Miriam

      A middle-grade novel of middle of the road quality. Quimby flirts with good characterization but never commits, and, in fact, the story only flirts with any real substance. Like many books written by women for boys, the book is strangely afraid of showing any emotion, though steeped in real issues. All in all, it felt like this book was waiting to take flight and never quite got off the ground. Quimby's snappy, entertaining writing style kept the read from being a total loss, however.

    8. Ricki

      Jack has been shuffled between several foster homes. At age 12, he is an expert at escaping handcuffs and idolizes Harry Houdini. But Jack is tricked by a magician of the underworld, Mussini, and he has to try to escape purgatory. I found this novel to be quite entertaining, and I don't think it is limited to tweens. I didn't become extremely invested in the characters and found many of the events quite predictable, but I looked forward to reading it each time I picked it up.

    9. Marc

      Who am I kidding? I read this a LONG time ago (about the fourth grade, or so) and I still remember it in details. It's haunt me ever since. Not entirely sure if I'd like it now, but I definitely loved every page of this book when I was very young.

    10. A.

      This one was just a fun story, a nice way to pass some time. I was proud of Jack for being able to trust, and think the best of people even after all he had been through in his short life. This is the kind of character I like to see. More please!

    11. Alihaa

      It's a really good book, not what you would think normally about it. When I first started it, it was about Jack's life and then it goes into this amazing plot involving a magician and Jack's handcuffs, including Jack and him trying to escape. Overall, it's a good book.

    12. Lois

      I enjoyed this book. Never trust someone from a carnival, is what I learned. I kind of want a book 2 from this series, but at the same time, I want Jack and the others to have normal lives, since they've been thru a lot.

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