Forcing the Ace Erin Thomas

Book Details

ISBN: 9781459806450
Pub Date: September 1, 2014
Lexile Level: 3.8
Pages: 144
Price: $9.95

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Alex wants to enter the Silver Stage magic competition, but he needs a sponsor. Jack, a veteran card wizard, is willing to take on the role, but only if Alex agrees to team up with Zoe, another young magician—and Alex’s rival. Working with Jack and sharing the spotlight with Zoe, Alex comes to see that there are other ways to be a magician besides competing—and that magic is about entertaining people, not fooling them.


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"Short sentences and chapters make this perfect for reluctant readers. Within that format, the author is able to create interesting characters and a convincing story. Eventually, Alex comes full circle, learning that performing magic is a way to bring joy to others rather than performing for the sake of winning. This book is a perfect addition to libraries needing hi/lo titles."

Library Media Connection - March 1, 2015

"Thomas has researched extensively, and magic becomes an effective backdrop for well-written characters and intriguing plotting. This novel is a convincing sleight of hand, with a carefully finessed reveal of meaningful life lessons."

Resource Links - October 1, 2014

"An important story of growing up and finding meaning in the profession you aspire to. Many teens will go through similar anxieties and uncertainties to those that Alex goes through during the magic competition...With its simple and easy to comprehend language, Forcing the Ace is suitable for reluctant teen readers...Highly Recommended."

CM Magazine - September 12, 2014

"Told from an easy-to-engage, first-person perspective, allowing readers to make their own judgments of the storyteller's opinions and perceptions"

VOYA - October 2014

"Forcing the Ace...succeeds by showing the value of cooperation—joining forces—and how a mentor can help a teen boy discover what really matters."

Nicki S, LibraryThing Early Reviewer - July 30, 2014