A Trick of the Mind

A Trick of the Mind

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Erin falls for Matt from the first minute she sees him - she tries to impress him with her magic tricks and he seems quite keen. But what Erin doesn't know is that Matt is mad about Kirsty - he only wants to learn to impress her. Matt's life is a mess and when he makes a startling discovery he decides to head off to London and try and make a life for himself on the streets of Covent Garden. BLAn accessible, yet thoughtful, teenage read, with endearing characters that the reader will come to know and sympathize with BLEmotionally-charged story about not fitting in with the crowd and being a bit of an outsider BLJudy Waite is a promising OUP author whose previous book, Shopaholic, sold to the USA and Germanyshow more

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  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 16mm | 181.44g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0192719181
  • 9780192719188

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Illusion battles truth as two teen narrators take turns describing events in a contemporary British import. Both Matt and Erin's fathers are missing, but Erin has learned to use her skills as a magician for protection and refuge, while Matt struggles with a reputation as a troublemaker and an inability to focus. Readers know how neither teen is seeing the truth of things and that their own wishes, dreams, and fears shape each person's conclusions and beliefs. Matt admires Kirsty and wants to believe that she's really interested in him and not her apparent boyfriend, Billy, the local bully. On the other hand, Erin thinks Matt is romantically inclined in her direction, not just as a confidant. Misconceptions pile up and disaster looms when a death occurs. Waite confidently handles the plotting and makes every step along the way appear inevitable. Early on, the dual versions are somewhat tedious as both Matt and Erin describe the same interaction, but the pace speeds up and tension builds in the end. Magic itself becomes a character as neither Matt nor Erin explains the secrets behind the tricks that continuously emphasize the untrustworthiness of reality. (Fiction. YA) (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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