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The Vanishing Coin


The Vanishing Coin
by Kate Egan and Magician Mike Lane

TheVanishingCoin_Kate Egan_c_Jonathan Wayne     TheVanishingCoin_Magician Mike Lane
Illustrated by Eric Wight


Scroll down to find Related Activities & Resources, Book Talk Teasers, Read Alikes, and Book Reviews.

Readers Theater Script

Book Trailer

Author Interview Kate Egan

Author Interview Mike Lane


Kate Egan (author information)

Eric Wight (illustrator’s website):

Magician Mike Lane’s website (includes several interviews):

Get started on magic with these easy tricks:

Learn card tricks:

Learn coin tricks:

Try your hand at street magic:

Learn the secrets used for levitation:

Enjoy these optical illusions:

Try your hand at these three easy tricks from Real Simple:

Try the four tricks contained within the book The Vanishing Coin.

Discuss or write about this: Do you become distracted easily? Which things bore you the most? Discuss how you cope with this.



Read the readers theater.

Read the inside cover of the book.

Perform a simple magic trick (Several are included inside the book).



Enjoy the further adventures of Mike in more books by Kate Egan and Magician Mike Lane:
The incredible twisting arm (Magic Shop Series 2). Mike attempts to convince his parents that he is responsible enough to be allowed to ride his bicycle to the magic shop all by himself. (NoveList)

The great escape (Magic Shop Series 3). Using magic to help himself through challenging lessons in school, a reformed Mike struggles to prove himself to his teachers and peers before discovering that he may be related to the great Harry Houdini. (NoveList)

Fictional books about neighbors:
Brisson, Pat. The summer my father was ten. A father tells his daughter the story of how he damaged a neighbor’s tomato garden when he was a boy, and what he did to make amends to old Mr. Bellavista. (NoveList)

Duncan, Alice Faye. Miss Viola and Uncle Ed Lee. A young boy helps his two neighbors, one as neat as a pin and the other as junky as a pack rat, become friends. (NoveList)

Giff, Patricia Reilly. The big something. A big one and a little one talk together. The little one is upset because he wants to do something big even though he is still small. They go for a walk along the beach. There something both surprising and big happens. (NoveList)

Jakubowski, Michele. Third grade mix-up. It is the first day of third grade and sassy Sydney and the new boy Sidney are not only neighbors, they are in the same class, so mix-ups are inevitable–but they soon find they share some common interests, including a love for Halloween. (NoveList)

May, Kyla. Lulu: my glamorous life. Lulu, one of the Lotus Lane Girls, loves all things sparkly and glamorous, so when she hears about a Penelope Glitter look-alike contest she is determined to enter and win–and she is not going to let the still-unresolved problems with neighbor Mika get in the way. (NoveList)

McKay, Hilary. Lulu and the rabbit next door. When Lulu’s next-door neighbor doesn’t seem to be looking after his rabbit properly, Lulu and her cousin Mellie devise a scheme to make him pay more attention to his pet. (NoveList)

Yolen, Jane. Miz Berlin walks. Mary Louise gradually gets to know and love her senior neighbor lady who tells wonderful stories as she walks around the block of her Virginia home. (NoveList)

Stories about the fourth grade:
Blume, Judy.  Tales of a fourth grade nothing. A fourth grade boy tries to deal with his very active brother. (NoveList)

Danzinger, Paula. Amber Brown goes fourth. Entering fourth grade, Amber faces some changes in her life as her best friend moves away and her parents divorce. (NoveList)

Winkler, Henry. I got a “D” in salami. Antics ensue after Hank throws his report card into a meat grinder. (NoveList)

Stories about kids with ADHD/ADD:
Gantos, Jack. Joey Pigza swallowed the key. To the constant disappointment of his mother and teacher, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription medicine wears off and he starts acting wired. (NoveList)

Penn, Audrey. A.D.D. not B.A.D. Jimmy Jumpingbean and his teacher, Mr. Jugardor, demonstrate to the class why Jimmy’s attention deficit disorder makes it hard for him to sit still. (NoveList)

Fictional books involving magic:
Davies, Jacqueline. The magic trap. A magic show, card tricks, and a disappearing rabbit named Professor Hoffman–the Treski kids are at it again as they try to put on a show in the face of an approaching hurricane. But nothing prepares them for what blows into town next: their long-lost dad. (NoveList)

McDonald, Megan. Rocky Zang in the amazing Mr. Magic. When Judy offers to assist the Amazing Mr. Magic, also known as Rocky, during his magic show, her clumsiness spoils his tricks causing tension between the friends, but maybe Rocky’s magic can mend their friendship. (NoveList)

Tatulli, Mark. Desmond Pucket makes monster magic.  Harboring an ambition to become a special-effects wizard, mischievous sixth-grader Desmond Pucket raises the ire of his school’s disciplinary officer with endless pranks and is warned to cease all misbehavior or be banned from a highly anticipated class trip to an amusement park. (NoveList)

Winkler, Henry. Niagra Falls, or does it? Fourth-graders Hank, Ashley, and Frankie are excitedly preparing for a magic show at the Rock ‘N Bowl when Hank’s creative alternative to an English essay lands him in detention and grounded the week of the show. (NoveList)

Books about magic tricks:
DK Publishing. Children’s book of magic. Traces the history of magic from its origins in Ancient Egypt through the performances of today, sharing step-by-step instructions for how to learn twenty tricks in such areas as transformation, levitation, and prediction. (NoveList)

Osborne, Mary Pope. Magic tricks from the treehouse: a fun companion to Magic Tree House #50: hurry up, Houdini! A chapter-book companion to the fiftieth Magic Tree House adventure outlines how to perform basic magic tricks and is complemented by facts about famous historical magicians. (NoveList)



The Vanishing Coin.
Egan, Kate (author) and Mike Lane (author).  Illustrated by Eric Wight.
Apr. 2014. 160p. Feiwel and Friends, paperback, $5.99 (9781250040435). Grades 3-5. 

REVIEW.  First published April 1, 2014 (Booklist).

So far, fourth grade is not the fresh start Mike wanted. Despite new “strategies,” he still cannot sit quietly in class. Worse, he now spends every afternoon with Nora, his academically gifted new neighbor, from whom he couldn’t be more different. Whereas Nora succeeds at everything, Mike feels like he’s a constant failure. That is, until they stumble on a strange magic store, and the owner teaches Mike—and only Mike—a magic trick. Soon he’s hooked and practicing all kinds of tricks to impress his friends and confound the class bully. Yet he wonders if all the magic in the shop is just an illusion. Could some of it be real? The slightly older protagonist, ample line spacing, cartoon illustrations, and accessible vocabulary make this a good choice for middle-grade students reading slightly below grade level. And if the quick pace, well-developed characters, and humor-laced story aren’t enough, Lane, a magician himself, and Egan include instructions for four simple tricks. A solid new series for school and public-library collections. — Suzanne Harold

School Library Journal:
Egan, Kate & Mike Lane. The Vanishing Coin. illus. by Eric Wight. 160p. (The Magic Shop). Feiwel & Friends. 2014. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781250029140; pap. $5.99. ISBN 9781250040435.

Gr 3-5–Deep down, fourth grader Mike Weiss is a good kid. It’s not his fault that he has an aversion to sitting still; that’s just the way he’s wired. As the school year commences, Mike is determined to get a fresh start, but his old habits keep tripping him up. It seems like nothing can help, until he discovers The White Rabbit, a magic shop with a mysterious proprietor. Mike finds that he can actually sit still and focus when he’s learning about magic—now he just needs to figure out how to apply his newfound skills to the classroom. Soon, a real bit of magic surfaces: a pocketful of coins appear out of thin air. Could it be the work of the mysterious proprietor? Readers don’t find out in this book, but subsequent volumes in “The Magic Shop” series will hopefully reveal the answer. The writing is serviceable, but the book should have fairly wide appeal. Many children are interested in magic, and this title includes instructions for performing the various tricks and sleights of hand. This book will also strike a chord with kids who have trouble sitting still in school. Mike shows them that fidgety kids aren’t bad and that they have the potential to succeed. Black-and-white cartoon illustrations with a vintage flair appear throughout, lending visual interest. This series-starter is sufficiently niche-filling to make it a good choice for most collections.–Amy Holland, Irondequoit Public Library, NY

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