The Vanishing Trick review roundup!


​It has been two weeks since the AMAZING The Vanishing Trick by Jenni Spangler published, and what a two weeks it has been!

Within this time, Jenni’s debut has been The Times’ Children’s Book of the Week, where editor Nicolette Jones stated:

This debut novel, which reads like a fairy tale with a Victorian setting, features a fascinating villain, Madame Pinchbeck, who has supernatural powers to imprison stolen children and is a charlatan who holds seances to trick people about their departed loved ones. Sustaining these two traits in one character – spell casting and fake spirituality – requires skill. It should not work that the baddie is both a fraud and an actual magician, yet Spangler makes us believe. She conjures up an eventful gothic adventure full of secrets and surprises, based on the relationship between three lost children whom pinchbeck has captured and their perilous struggle to escape. Despite the chilling central character, this is a touching story about love and loyalty.

It was also announced as May’s Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month!

​As well as this, other reviews have been flying in!

Spangler conjures up a truly magical reading experience full of fast-paced action, unexpected twists and turns, spine-tingling tension, and a cast of vibrant and superbly portrayed characters, including the devilish and dastardly Madame Pinchbeck.

- Lancashire Post

Be prepared for a plot with numerous twists and turns. Characters appear just when you think you know everyone, relationships are revealed when you think you know who is linked to who and directions of journeys are changed just when you think you know where they are going! Spangler really knows how to keep your attention and turning those pages!

- My Book Corner

Thrilling, original, evocative and eerie tale - I adored it!

- Michelle Harrison, author of A Pinch of Magic

A thrilling page-turner. Madame Pinchbeck is a gloriously Dickensian villain.

- Abi Elphinstone, author of Sky Song

Ghosts, gadgets, likeable villains and unlikely heroes: The Vanishing Trick is a dark and dazzling adventure.

- Emma Carroll, author of Letters from the Lighthouse

A completely enthralling tale, oozing with atmosphere and originality.

- Catherine Doyle, author of The Storm Keeper’s Island

Jenni Spangler is the next big voice in children’s magical history novels.

- Lucy Powrie, author of The Paper & Hearts Society

Deliciously dark and atmospheric … I couldn’t get enough.

- Nizrana Farook, author of The Girl Who Stole An Elephant

A spectacular heart-stopping adventure in a dark and dangerous Victorian world.

- Tamsin Winter, author of Jemima Small Versus the Universe

A heart-racing Victorian era adventure full of eerie magic, folklore and one ever-so-nasty villain.

- Love Reading 4 Kids

The story offers adventure, magic, a sense of belonging and what it means to have friends and family to children who had not experienced that for quite some time. It starts off questioning and becomes compulsory in a frantic race to a thrilling climax.

- Reading Zone

We can’t wait to see what you think, order your copy now!