Finalist for 2017 Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award
Finalist for 2017 H-E-B/Jean Flynn Award for Best Children’s Book
Sixth graders Dominic, Loop, and Z stumble upon a new magic shop in town and can’t wait to spend their summer mastering cool tricks to gain access to the Vault, a key holders-only back room bound to hold all kinds of secrets. And once they get in, they set their sights even higher: a huge competition at the end of the summer. They work on their card tricks, sleights, and vanishing acts, trying to come up with the most awesome routines possible . . . Problem is, the trip is expensive, and it’s money that each guy’s family just doesn’t have.
To make things worse, the shop owners’ daughter, Ariel (who just so happens to be last year’s competition winner), will do anything to make sure the boys don’t come out on top. Even pit them against one another. Will they make it to the competition? And if so, at what cost?
"López weaves magic tricks . . . and healthy doses of humor into an upbeat coming-of-age story."
"A clever reveal highlights this appealing, Latino cast."
"Nothing Up My Sleeve gets five magic wands for its gutsy blend of contemporary issues and captivating magic tricks as Dominic, Z, and Loop entice us to believe in the abracadabra!"
—Crystal Allen, author of The Magnificent Maya Tibbs
"López has created a clever and touching story that makes you root for its trio of young magicians. This is a story that is sure to cast a wonderful spell on readers."
—Karen Harrington, author of Mayday
"Diana López manages to perfectly balance the wonder and art of illusion with the utterly realistic voices of middle grade characters. That is a magic trick unto itself!"
—Wendy Mass, author of The Candymakers
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, hardcover, April 2016, ISBN: 978-0316340878