Dorko the Magnificent

Dorko the Magnificent

by Andrea Beaty


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Robbie Darko is a magician. An old-school, pull-a-rabbit-out-of-your-hat-style magician. Robbie loves magic and he’s good at it—sort of. Despite his best efforts, passion, and practice, something always goes wrong with his tricks, landing Robbie in trouble. Enter crotchety Grandma Melvyn, who calls everyone “Trixie” and complains about everything. When Grandma Melvyn moves in and takes over his room, Robbie discovers that she was once an internationally renowned magician and learns about the heartache that turned her into a bitter woman. Against all odds, Robbie and Grandma Melvyn form an uneasy alliance to show the world—or at least the kids of Hobson Elementary School—that he is a true magician. Shortly after a successful talent show, Grandma Melvyn performs a final disappearing act, and Robbie learns a little about the true meaning of magic.

Written with pitch-perfect middle-grade humor and unforgettable characters, this gem of a novel will stay with readers long after Dorko the Magnificent has taken his final bow.

Praise for Dorko the Magnificent

"A young would-be magician gets lessons in both stagecraft and life from a crusty elder... the supporting characters steal the show."

Kirkus Reviews

"Short chapters keep the story moving. Robbie has impressive determination, but it is Grandma Melvyn who is the star in this moving story."


"Satisfying and enjoyable, Dorko will engage reluctant and voracious readers alike."

School Library Journal

A thoroughly likable middle-grade novel, offering a blend of poignancy and giggle-worthy humor, this book is a solid back-to-school read."

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Literature circles would work well with this title that deals with alienation, friendship, family, reconciliation, and death."

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419710193
Publisher: Amulet Paperbacks
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,137,105
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Andrea Beaty is the author of Secrets of the Cicada Summer, Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies, When Giants Come to Play, and Iggy Peck, Architect. She lives outside Chicago with her family. Andrea often visits schools to share her love of writing with students. Learn more about her programs and her books at and

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Dorko the Magnificent 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is the best book ever defintly worth the money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book &I have read in a long time. it's funy , it's sad, and you never want to put it away so I would give the book a 5 gold stars:).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Completely enjoyable, funny, and surprisingly touching.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a breathtaking tale that will forever warm my heart
BooksAreMyLife1 More than 1 year ago
A Wonderfully written tale of magic and love.  Sometimes we find that things aren't always what they seem, especially in the world of a magician.  Robbie Darko already knows this since he has been practicing to be a magician most of his young life.  However, in this heartwarming story, he also finds that this can be true of people as well.  Robbie learns not only the tricks of magic, but about being accepting and understanding of others.  This is a wonderfully written book with a great story line that can teach us all a valuable lesson