Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9781481426343, 400pp.
Publication Date: November 8, 2016
Based on a true World War II story, Isaiah Campbell tells a charming mystery about a mishap at a magic show at a POW camp--featuring magic how-to diagrams throughout. Try as she might, cheeky middle schooler Maxine Larousse (you may call her Max "La Roo" or The Amazing Max, if you'd like) has yet to learn the one magic trick she needs the most: how to reappear in New York City. That is where she used to live with her parents before her father, Major Larousse, was put in charge of a Nazi POW camp in Abilene, Texas. At least in this desolate wasteland she'll have plenty of time to practice her illusions, even if the only audience member is her ferret Houdini. When she's tasked with entertaining the Nazi prisoners with a magic show, the pressure may be too much. But with the help of some classmates and an unexpected magic expert, the performance is a hit--until twelve Nazis escape during her final act. Will she be able to track them down before her reputation as a magician is destroyed forever?