Season 3 - Episodes 9 & 10 - A Magic Adventure

A Magic Adventure

A Magic Adventure (Bonus Full Story) is sponsored by Sourcebooks

A Magic Adventure (Part 1) is sponsored by Fabled Films Press

When The Great Bug-ini's magic tricks go awry, Lauren and the Reading Bug are visited by two new friends... from the magical land of New Alchemy!  Join to help them get back home and save their school from an evil witch. But getting back may not be as easy as hopping into the book bag this time! We may need the help of a great and powerful magician.

Books Mentioned in this Podcast

Fiction: 
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 1): The Illustrated Edition Cover Image
By J.K. Rowling, Jim Kay (Illustrator)
$39.99
ISBN: 9780545790352
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 6th, 2015

The beloved first book of the Harry Potter series, now fully illustrated by award-winning artist Jim Kay. For the first time, J.K. Rowling's beloved Harry Potter books will be presented in lavishly illustrated full-color editions. Kate Greenaway-award-winning artist Jim Kay has created over 100 stunning illustrations, making this deluxe format a perfect gift as much for a child being introduced to the series, as for the dedicated fan. Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility. All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley -- a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years. But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry -- and anyone who reads about him -- will find unforgettable.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Cover Image
By J.K. Rowling, Brian Selznick (Illustrator), Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338299144
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - June 26th, 2018

A special new edition in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, with a stunning new cover illustration by Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick. This gorgeous new edition in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone features a newly designed cover illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick, as well as the beloved original interior decorations by Mary GrandPré.


The Magic Misfits Cover Image
By Neil Patrick Harris, Lissy Marlin (Illustrator), Kyle Hilton (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316355575
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2018

A New York Times Bestseller, and a USA Today Best-selling Book! From award-winning actor, Neil Patrick Harris, comes the magical first book in a new series with plenty of tricks up its sleeve. When street magician Carter runs away, he never expects to find friends and magic in a sleepy New England town. But like any good trick, things change instantly as greedy B.B. Bosso and his crew of crooked carnies arrive to steal anything and everything they can get their sticky fingers on.


The Magic Misfits: The Second Story Cover Image
By Neil Patrick Harris, Lissy Marlin (Illustrator), Kyle Hilton (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316391856
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 25th, 2018

Growing up in an orphanage, Leila was bullied for being different. She turned her hardship into skill by becoming an escape artist--a valuable trait when you belong to a group of magical best friends. But when a famous psychic comes to town, Leila and her pals can't escape the big mystery heading their way. Whether chasing mad monkeys or banishing ghosts from haunted hotels, these six friends will do their best to keep their home of Mineral Wells safe--but can they protect themselves? Join the Magic Misfits as they discover adventure, friendship, and more than a few hidden secrets in this delightful new series. Whether you're a long-time expert at illusion or simply a new fan of stage magic, hold onto your top hat!


The Magicians of Elephant County Cover Image
By Adam Perry, Adam Perry (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062795359
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - October 9th, 2018

Best friends Duncan Reyes and Emma Gilbert want to be as great as Harry Houdini someday. But when they discover that their neighborhood witch is more than just a local legend, their dreams of stardom quickly turn into a nightmare. After they (accidentally) steal the witch’s magic wand, the duo uses it to put on an impossible new act—which draws even more dangerous foes to town in search of their secret. How are these two friends supposed to defeat the powerful dark forces threatening their town? Well, it may just take some sleight-of-hand, a bit of magic…and (allegedly) a little destruction of public property.


Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures (Pip Bartlett #1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781338088151
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Inc. - July 26th, 2016

Because of a Unicorn Incident at her school (it was an accident!), Pip is spending the summer with her Aunt Emma at the Cloverton Clinic for Magical Creatures. At first, it's all fun, games, and chatting with Hobgrackles, but when Fuzzles appear and start bursting into flame at the worst possible places, Pip and her new friend Tomas must take action. Because if the mystery of the Fuzzles isn't solved soon, both magical and unmagical creatures are going to be in a hot mess of trouble.


The Vanishing Coin (Magic Shop Series #1) Cover Image
By Kate Egan, Mike Lane, Eric Wight (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781250040435
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - April 22nd, 2014

Fourth grade was supposed to be a fresh start, but Mike's already back in the principal's office. He's not a bad kid. He just can't sit still. And now, his parents won't let him play soccer anymore; instead he has to hang out with his new neighbor Nora, who is good at everything! Then, Mike and Nora discover the White Rabbit. It's an odd shop—with a special secret inside. Its owner, Mr. Zerlin, is a magician, and, amazingly, he believes Mike could be a magician, too. Has Mike finally found something he's good at?


Hurry Up, Houdini! (Magic Tree House (R) Merlin Mission #22) Cover Image
By Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780307980489
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 25th, 2015

Abracadabra! Jack and Annie are on a mission for Merlin the magician. They’re looking for a secret of greatness from the best escape artist that ever lived, Harry Houdini. Using the magic tree house to travel back in time, Jack and Annie head to Coney Island to look for the elusive magician. How can they find the master of escape? It’s going to take some determination, a little bit of trouble, and a whole lot of magic!


The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter (revised edition) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780425223185
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley - May 6th, 2008

The indispensable source guide to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels—the perfect gift for Harry Potter fans! J.K. Rowling’s young heroic wizard, Harry Potter, lives in a world populated by dragons, centaurs, trolls, giants—and a three-headed dog named Fluffy—among other creatures from ancient myths and legends. Discover the astonishing origins of supernatural beasts, clues to hidden meanings in names, and amazing facts about real-life wizards and magic spells. From Alchemists to Unicorns, Basilisks to Veela, this fascinating compendium brings another dimension to Harry’s adventures—from The Sorcerer’s Stone to The Deathly Hallows.


Non-Fiction: 
Who Was Harry Houdini? (Who Was?) Cover Image
By Tui Sutherland, Who HQ, John O'Brien (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780448426860
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Workshop - July 22nd, 2002

Every kid has heard of Harry Houdini, the famous magician who could escape from handcuffs, jail cells, and locked trunks. But do they know that the ever-ambitious and adventurous Houdini was also a famous movie star and the first pilot to fly a plane in Australia? This well-told biography is full of the details of Houdini's life that kids will really want to know about and illustrated throughout with beautiful black-and-white line drawings.


Houdini: The Handcuff King (The Center for Cartoon Studies Presents) Cover Image
By Jason Lutes, Nick Bertozzi (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781368042888
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 24th, 2019

Harry Houdini mesmerized a generation of Americans when he was alive, and continues to do so over ninety years since his death. This is a snapshot of Houdini's life, centering on one of his most famous feats. As Houdini prepares for a death-defying leap into the icy Charles River in Boston, biographer Jason Lutes and artist Nick Bertozzi reveal Houdini's life and influence: from the anti-Semitism Houdini fought all his life, to the adulation of the American public; from his hounding by the press, to his loving relationship with his wife Bess; from his egoism to his insecurity; from his public persona--to the secret behind his most amazing trick! And it's all in graphic form, so it's fresh, original, and unlike anything previously published about this most fascinating of American showmen.


A Picture Book of Harry Houdini (Picture Book Biography) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780823423026
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Holiday House - June 2010

For almost thirty years, David Adler’s Picture Book Biography series has profiled famous people who changed the world. Colorful, kid-friendly illustrations combine with Adler’s “expert mixtures of facts and personality” (Booklist) to introduce young readers to history through compelling biographies of presidents, heroes, inventors, explorers, and adventurers. These books are ideal for first and second graders interested in history or who need reliable sources for school book reports.


Other Great Books for You to Explore: 
Young Houdini: The Magician's Fire Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781492609490
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks Young Readers - September 8th, 2015

Mrs. Houdini: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501110917
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Washington Square Press - March 21st, 2017

The Magical Unicorn Society Official Handbook Cover Image
By Selwyn E. Phipps, Helen Dardik (Illustrator), Harry Goldhawk (Illustrator), Zanna Goldhawk (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250206190
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 18th, 2018

The Incredible Twisting Arm (Magic Shop Series #2) Cover Image
By Kate Egan, Mike Lane, Eric Wight (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781250040442
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - April 22nd, 2014

The Great Escape (Magic Shop Series #3) Cover Image
By Kate Egan, Mike Lane, Eric Wight (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781250047182
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 7th, 2014

The Disappearing Magician (Magic Shop Series #4) Cover Image
By Kate Egan, Mike Lane, Eric Wight (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781250063229
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Feiwel & Friends - June 16th, 2015

READING BUG ADVENTURES

A Story Podcast from The Reading Bug

Listen on Google Play Music