One night last fall, my son came running into my bedroom at 10:30pm, well past his bed time. He should have been asleep for some time, but he had stayed up late reading, his little reading light too small to give him away with a telltale light beneath the door. He just had to see how it all turned out.

 

He would have gotten away with it, too, had he quietly turned off his lamp and gone to sleep. But that was not to be, because he was too excited to sleep, having got to the amazing climax with mysterious devices and magic and wizards — basically, all the things he was dancing around my bed describing to me.

 

It took me a moment to realize that he hadn’t seen a bug or had a nightmare, but was so excited about the book he’d been reading that he had to tell me about it right then.

 

 I can’t even tell you how much that pleased me. I remember what that was like, and I remember being the kid hiding under the covers with a flashlight because I had to see what came next.

 

The book that was responsible for this excitement was The Magic Thief, by Sarah Prineas, a book I can recommend wholeheartedly to children and fantasy-loving adults. He was so excited, he worked on and submitted the following video for a school report:

 

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Shortly after the taping of that interview, the author confided in me that kids make the best fans, because they don’t disguise how they really feel. I know this must be true. Adults might stay up late to finish a great book, but we won’t immediately run wake up our friends to tell them about it.

 

 In any case, I mention this now because the sequel, Magic Thief: Lost is now available, and as soon as I found out, I so knew what my son would be getting for his birthday next week. I’m so excited I can barely wait to give it to him.

 

 I have not read it, yet. After all, it’s his birthday present, so he should get first crack at it. I’ll wait my turn.

 

Besides, I know he’ll probably wander into my bedroom in the wee hours and tell me all about it.