Reviewed for Middle School, 2007

Cross a deck of cards with a wide-eyed, wise-mouthed middle schooler, add this delightful collection of "113 Easy-to-Perform Miracles" and you've got Magic with Cards, a how-to book that should keep your kid enthralled for hours at a stretch. Under the capable guidance of authors Garcia and Schindler "best friends who run the School for Magicians in New York City" kids learn about "Houdini's Card," "JackRo Batics ," and a host of other ways to leave a gullible audience stupefied. Math teachers like the way card tricks support developing skills in probability and logical thinking. (Barnes & Noble Books, $4.95)