I read this book for the first time a long, long time ago. As I have recently uncovered its sequel, I thought I would revisit it. It is very fun. We have it shelved in the adult fiction, but it is also appropriate for younger readers.

Kim, a teenage girl pretending to be a boy in the slums of London has a run-in with a real magic worker when she tries to burgle his wagon. Hijinks ensue. The plot is twisty and a bit silly, reminding me of the more light-hearted who-dun-its of Agatha Christie’s peers, like Georgette Heyer, but with magic.

If you are in the mood for a light summer read with a creative, slightly historical setting and a topsy-turvy mystery, this is a good book to try.