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A delightfully quirky story full of adventure, magic and mystery that will appeal to all fans of Roald Dahl.

As if being tiny and also having S.Horten as your name isn't bad enough, ten-year-old Stuart is moved (by his very clever, but not very sensible parents) to Beeton, far away from all his friends.

But in Beeton starts the strangest adventure of Stuart's life as he is swept up in a quest to find his uncle’s old workshop – his famous magician, and also very short, uncle, that is . . .

The first children’s fiction novel by Lissa Evans, this is a delightful, quirky adventure that will appeal to all fans of Roald Dahl.


A book full of warmth, sharp humour and clever puzzles.

Patrick Ness, Time Out

Evans is at the beginning of her writing career for children, but she's managed to combine some classic ingredients in this story of the vertically-challenged Stuart Horten... the result is a narrative that's like a miniature version of Susanna Clarke's grown-up bestseller, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

Nicola Smyth, The Independent

It's difficult to make something seem magical using written words, but Lissa Evans manages it, drawing you into the mystery and making you feel as if you're helping Stuart in his discoveries. The characters are fun and engaging and I found I couldn't predict the plot of what would happen and read on as eagerly as any ten year old would! The action cracks along at a good pace and is a brilliant pre-teen magical mystery story.


What makes me like this book so much?... Perfect reading for children aged 7-10, and highly recommended as a readaloud class novel for teachers of Y4 or Y5. The author is a radio and television producer. She has written two or three adult books. This is her first children's novel. It ought not to be the last.

Achuka blog

I was sent Small Change For Stuart by the generous people at Random House, and I was miraculously healed and I read it in a single sitting - I just couldn't put it down. It is also very heartening to see that my love for this book is shared by others as at the weekend I spotted that it had made the longlist for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.... Small Change For Stuart is a delightfully quirky and entertaining read, that is perfect for the 7+ age group, and I think it will be loved equally by both boys and girls... This is now one of my favourite reads of 2011 and I can't recommend it enough.

Darren Hartwell, Bookzone4Boys

A story to get involved in, puzzles to solve and plenty of laughs. Does it for me!

Liz Bankes, Armadillo Magazine Autumn 2011

Small Stuart embarks on an awfully big adventure in this quirky puzzle-solving novel.... Each more curious than the one before, the far-fetched solutions they require bring the book to a hugely satisfying conclusion.

Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian

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    May 5, 2011

    RHCP Digital

    288 pages

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