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Small Change for Stuart [Hardcover]

Lissa Evans
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5 May 2011

Stuart Horten - ten years old and small for his age - moves to the dreary town of Beeton, far away from all his friends. And then he meets his new next-door neighbours, the unbearable Kingley triplets, and things get even worse.

But in Beeton begins the strangest adventure of Stuart's life as he is swept up in quest to find his great-uncle's lost workshop - a workshop stuffed with trickery and magic. There are clues to follow and puzzles to solve, but what starts as fun ends up as danger, and Stuart begins to realize that he can't finish the task by himself . . .

The first children's novel by Lissa Evans, this is a fast-moving blend of comedy and magic.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Childrens (5 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038561800X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385618007
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,722 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. ( 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A great whole class read 17 Jun 2011
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and exciting - I loved it!!! 2 Jun 2011
(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 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, funny and inventive 6 Dec 2011
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Very much enjoyed by my daughter 4 Jun 2012
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
5.0 out of 5 stars small change is worth more than a threepenny! 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical mystery! 19 July 2011
This review is by my 10 year old daughter, Maria.

This story is about a boy called Stuart. He's a little small for a ten year old, but that doesn't matter. His family decide to move house, thinking that it would be fun for Stuart. They move to Beeton, the home town of Stuart's father and begin a magical mystery that changes Stuart's life, forever.
My favourite characters are the triplets, April, May and June. May and June are giggly girls, both taller than Stuart, who have an irritating habit of laughing at things they shouldn't laugh at. April is a smart girl who is always prepared and never does anything without thinking through the consequences properly, in case something goes wrong. She is prepared to do anything for a friend in need.

I have read hundreds of books and, personally, I think that this one is the best book in the world. I recommend it to children who enjoy a bit of everything.
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By Julia
My children (aged 9 and 11), I and my 93 year old mother have all LOVED this book. We discovered it through a local reading group and have all been enthralled. The pace is cracking, the characters well drawn and extremely funny, the plot genuinely exciting, the cliffhangers tense, and the ending ...! I think my children have found it more exciting than funny, while my mother and I have been falling about laughing. Stuart's father is particularly well drawn - we loved his use of language! This is a stunning book for the 8-12 age range; I can't recommend it too strongly and am longing to see what the author writes next!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars teenager book
My teenage daughter bought this book and when asked said its awesome and very addictive id say its a winner!
Published 5 months ago by DebsC
5.0 out of 5 stars :)
Decided to try something amazon reccomended so i read this. Lovely story. I do reccomend it and am glad i tried something different.
Published 7 months ago by alex
5.0 out of 5 stars S. Horten is a Big'un. Thanks Lissa
I'm reading this story to a nine-year-old boy and he loves it. What more can you say? Lissa Evans , the writer, has done a fine job. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. J. N. Plant
5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyable
Just read this to my class of year 4 children, they were totally hooked, a wonderful story with some fabulous twists and turns!
Published 11 months ago by Sarah B
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!
Me and my ten year old son loved this book. We were totally immersed in Stuart's magical world and his gripping adventure. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Frederick Rock
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Loved this book about Little Stuart Horton. The characters are fun and the story twists and turns in unexpected ways. I would highly recommend this. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mike Hanson
5.0 out of 5 stars surprise
me and my freinds thought it would be a bad book but itwas a really good mystery bookfor kids it was amazing
Published 14 months ago by Kaz
3.0 out of 5 stars small change for stuart three stars
It was an okay book but I wouldn't really recommened it to anyone else as they may feel disappointed that it isn't a good as they would hope.
Published 15 months ago by Julie Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BOOK EVER AFTER ARTEMIS FOWL!!!!
Beautiful book. Pushes you to the limit you shout "OH!" infront of 29 children (as i am 10). It engulfs you in an adventure of peril and "WHAM's". Read more
Published 17 months ago by Aryadev
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
Perfect book! Great story line , beautifully written, fantastic characters too. My seven year old son absolutely loved it. Have now bought more for presents.
Published 17 months ago by Vanessa
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