Before We Disappear (MP3 CD)
Set against the 1909 Seattle World’s Fair, this is the story of Jack and Wilhelm, assistants to rival magicians. They have an instant connection, and as the rivalry between the magicians grows, so does their attraction. Both Jack and Wilhelm will have to make choices if they want to find a happy ending. It’s a brilliant read -- full of historical fiction, found family, self-discovery, loyalty, suspense, joy and romance -- that’s pure magic.— Cathy
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
It's a new star-crossed romance about the magic of first love from the acclaimed author of We Are the Ants and Brave Face, Shaun David Hutchinson.
Jack Nevin's clever trickery and moral flexibility make him the perfect assistant to the Enchantress, one of the most well-known stage magicians in turn-of-the-nineteenth-century Europe. Without Jack's steady supply of stolen tricks, the Enchantress's fame would have burned out long ago.
But when Jack's thievery catches up to them, they're forced to flee to America to find their fortune. Luckily, the Enchantress is able to arrange a set of sold-out shows at Seattle's Alaska-Yukon-Pacific World's Fair Exposition. She's convinced they're going to rich and famous until a new magician arrives on the scene. Performing tricks that defy the imagination, Laszlo's show overshadows the Enchantress, leaving Jack no choice but to hunt for the secrets to his otherworldly illusions. But what Jack uncovers isn't at all what he expected.
Behind Laszlo's tricks is Wilhelm--a boy that can seemingly perform real magic. Jack and Wilhelm have an instant connection, and as the rivalry between the Enchantress and Laszlo grows, so too does Jack and Wilhelm's affection. But can Jack choose between the woman who gave him a life and the boy who is offering him everything?
It's a stirring tale about the magic of love from award-winning author Shaun David Hutchinson.