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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Childrens (5 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038561800X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385618007
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.6 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 564,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Small Stuart embarks on an awfully big adventure in this quirky puzzle-solving novel.... Each more curious than the one before, the far-fetched solutions they require bring the book to a hugely satisfying conclusion. (Julia Eccleshare The Guardian 2011-06-04)

A book full of warmth, sharp humour and clever puzzles. (Patrick Ness Time Out 2011-06-30)

Evans is at the beginning of her writing career for children, but she's managed to combine some classic ingredients in this story of the vertically-challenged Stuart Horten... the result is a narrative that's like a miniature version of Susanna Clarke's grown-up bestseller, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. (Nicola Smyth The Independent 2011-07-23)

It's difficult to make something seem magical using written words, but Lissa Evans manages it, drawing you into the mystery and making you feel as if you're helping Stuart in his discoveries. The characters are fun and engaging and I found I couldn't predict the plot of what would happen and read on as eagerly as any ten year old would! The action cracks along at a good pace and is a brilliant pre-teen magical mystery story. (Bookbag.co.uk 2011-06-01)

What makes me like this book so much?... Perfect reading for children aged 7-10, and highly recommended as a readaloud class novel for teachers of Y4 or Y5. The author is a radio and television producer. She has written two or three adult books. This is her first children's novel. It ought not to be the last. (Achuka blog 2011-05-24)

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This first children's novel by Lissa Evans is a fast-paced adventure full of magic and mystery.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Laura Moore on 17 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
On recommendation from a girl in my Year 5 class, we have been reading this book as our whole class story. It has been a while since I have come across a new book that I have enjoyed as much as (if not more than) the children.

The characterization in the story is brilliant and we have enjoyed some lively discussions about all of the characters. I particularly liked Stuart's father, who speaks as if he has swallowed a dictionary much to Stuart's frustration; and the annoying triplets who live next to Stuart and simply cannot mind their own business!

The story moves at quite a fast pace so that there is never a dull moment. It has really engaged the children.

This will definitely be on my list of books to read to the my next class in September!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gerard R on 2 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
(written by Dora - my 9 year old daughter)
I really loved this story because it is an unusual type of book, packed with adventure and mystery.
The main character, Stuart Horten, finds himself on a wonderfully magic trail because of his long lost Great Uncle, Teeny Tiny Tony Horten.
When Stuart moves into a new town with his Mum & Dad everything seems really boring until his new neighbours, 3 identical triplets, start chasing him round the town. This book is full of suspense, wonder and intrigue, but is also VERY FUNNY.
I would really recommend this book
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
For me, a book for the younger reader has to do a number of things, first of all it has to not only entertain but it also has to have a journey as well as allow the reader to not only discover something about the characters involved but find a little piece of them within themselves. What Lissa manages to do in this title is bring a whole host of interesting characters to the fore with a lead that who, whilst he isn't the biggest or the strongest, has the smarts to help solve the myriad of clues left by his great uncle and turns what would be a mundane and humdrum summer into something spectacular.

All in, the title is well written, has great prose and some wonderful puzzles that will occupy as well as entertain the reader. Add to this the fact that its unpredictable and the reader really does have a treat in store. One of my top fiction titles for the year to date, and as such a title that really must be enjoyed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Librarian from the Black Lagoon on 6 Dec. 2011
Format: Hardcover
A captivating voice from the opening few lines and holds the attention without ever seeming to try too hard. The characters feel fresh and original and the intriguing plot fairly zings along with plenty of inventive twists but without ever losing its credibility and charm. Lively dialogue and a great sense of 'small town' place too. Should appeal to a wide range of younger (and older) readers and the hardback edition is a thing of beauty to hold (not one to buy on the Kindle!)- a goodie for Christmas.
A great first outing and certainly an author to watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan A. Murray on 4 Jun. 2012
Format: Paperback
My daughter age 10 read this book earlier this year on the recommendation of our local book shop owner. She read it right through, only stopping to eat and sleep! She said it was very interesting and she would like to read it again. She enjoyed the mystery element to the book and having to read on to find out more. We have just ordered it for her cousin's tenth birthday.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By salsamouse on 17 April 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
i had a choice of books to read for the carmegie shadowing site,and i chose this book because,although i am a lot older than eight i thought that as harry potter was meant for younger readers it didnt mean it was not fantastic for all ages. and i was right! small change is an excellent book which i thought was quick with the plot, only a little to coincidental at times-some of the ways stuart found things were a bit to unlikely-like walking into grave street just as he was thinking about gravest flate(though i do like the idea of a misspelt gravest fate as a pun!) ad the first number he tryed in the safe being the correct one. hpever overall this book was fast paced and full of suspense-but as i read this in about an hour and a half it would hve been nice to have been a bit longer!
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Format: Paperback
Such a delightful adventure! Despite having a pressing deadlines to meet, once I started reading I couldn't stop following vertically challenged Stuart Horten (S. Horten ... get it?) as he solved the increasingly intriguing puzzle left by his famous magician uncle for the 'right boy to solve'. I was amazed and amused by every twist and turn of the plot. Lissa Evans' deadpan sense of humour and cheerfully odd characterization had me chuckling and cheering. There is an element of deus ex machina in the plotting but Evans' clever writing weaves it into the magic that brings the story to its satisfying conclusion. Wonderful!

P.S. Somehow the title 'Small Change for Stuart' doesn't do justice to the story - it should really have 'Magical Mystery' or 'Puzzle' in the title because that's what it is!
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By KH on 6 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I recently bought this book for my niece and although we haven't started reading it together yet I started reading the first couple of pages to see what I thought and i couldn't put it down. THe style is very accessible and likeable. The characters are engaging and interesting. I especially liked the triplets! The writing style is very humorous and the story is never dull. Perfect for young children. I really enjoyed it and the book itself is very pretty. The little puzzles are perfect for young children as they can try and work things out with Stuart. All in all a pleasure to read. Now hopefully my nieces will enjoy it just as much as I did.
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