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Book Launch: Misadventures of a Magician’s Son by Laurie Smollett Kutscera (click on “Read More”)



Laurie Smollett Kutscera was born in Greenwich Village and grew up in Queens, NY. Raised in an eclectic environment, (her mother, originally a vocalist in a big band, became an artist and photographer,) Laurie turned to art, studying fine art and children’s book illustration at Queens College, CUNY with Caldecott medalist Marvin Bileck.

She became an award-winning graphic designer and illustrator in the field of publishing, the performing arts, and took great pleasure in designing an unusual array of critters for the toy industry.

Prior to writing and illustrating MISADVENTURES OF A MAGICIAN’S SON, Laurie illustrated RAVITA AND THE LAND OF UNKNOWN SHADOWS, for Rizzoli Books in NY.

An adventurer at heart, Laurie has cruised the eastern seaboard from Nantucket to the Virgin Islands in an 85ft. classic wooden boat. It was then that her passion for writing began as a way to chronicle the ever-changing landscape. She continues to write and illustrate and is currently working on several contemporary picture books and middle-grade novels.

Laurie lives on the north shore of Long Island with her husband Nick and rescue doggie, Cody.



Twelve-year-old Alex was taught illusion by the best.

MISADVENTURES OF A MAGICIAN’S SON is the story of Alexander Finn’s personal journey dealing with the death of his father, a celebrated magician, and the extraordinary gift he left behind.

Uprooted from his childhood home for the seemingly hokey town of Orchard, Maine, Alex refuses to unpack and wants nothing to do with his new surroundings. But when he discovers an unusual deck of animated cards tucked in the back of his father’s old desk, things begin to unravel and Alex’s true adventure begins.


Midwest Book Review  

Laurie Smollett Kutscera weaves a strong story of personal struggle and achievement into a tale that takes some unusual twists and turns as Alex continues to learn about the magic of human emotion, recovery, and resiliency from his unusual mentors: “Isn’t it possible everyone would appreciate you for who you are?” What could have been a singular story of a boy’s special talents thus evolves into an unusual exploration of the roots of magic, ability, and support systems that come into play when loss changes one’s familiar life patterns.

Readers who choose the book anticipating a dose of magical encounters will not be disappointed, while those who like interpersonal relationships, intrigue, and growth as subplots in their stories will find Misadventures of a Magician’s Son holds an action-packed touch of all three to keep readers guessing about Alex’s future and incredible adventure, right up to the end.”

  —Diane Donovan, Sr. Reviewer, Midwest Book Review