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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Morgan and the Forty Thieves by Addie Abacus is the first book in the Magic Math Adventures. With Morgan’s father lost on an expedition to the Galapagos, she and her mother have been forced to change their lives and they must take a job working for a family. On their first day, Morgan discovers the family has secrets, but she couldn’t guess the adventure she was about to uncover or the magic that was about to appear. When she befriends a boy and his grandfather, she discovers that magic might be real and a danger that they must face.
Addie Abacus weaves a unique story that blends stunning fantastical and magical elements with a lesson in math that teaches children multiplication in a way that’s fun and offers adventure. Children will have fun learning through this exciting adventure as the math aspects are woven into the plot through games and play an important role as tactics to save the day. The mysterious family and her new home are where Morgan's coming of age story begins as she quickly discovers her place in this incredible world of magic and danger. The family they work for has secrets that slowly come to life as Morgan gets to know Rusty and his grandfather.
These secrets are magical and extraordinary with inspiration drawn from The Arabian Nights through the inclusion of a cave and forty thieves. Those who love The Arabian Nights will enjoy the references and how those stories influenced Morgan’s adventure. Morgan and the Forty Thieves delivers a story that is charming and engaging with danger around every corner, action-packed scenes, suspense, mystery, and math that children will find fun and educational.