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Magic Half

Annie Barrows (2007), 224 pages
Audience: 2nd Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fantasy, Fiction, Time Travel
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The chance of having two sets of twins in one family is about 1 in 50,000. Eleven year old Miri's family has defied the odds, though, and she has older twin brothers and younger twin sisters. Miri is a bit lonely being the only single child in a family of twins. When the family moves to a new home in the country, her only consolation is having her own room, a unique ten sided room with a porthole window. Miri's brothers have heard about a burglar who may have long ago buried his loot somewhere on the property. They are determined to find it, and don't want Miri's help. The three get into a fight, and Miri hits one of her brothers over the head with a shovel. Her mother is furious about this and sends her to her room. When she gets there, she notices something strange. Along the baseboard, someone has taped a piece of glass, like the lens from a pair of eyeglasses. When she holds it up and looks through it, something magical happens. All of a sudden, her room does not look quite right. It's the same room, but with different wallpaper and furniture. Somehow, Miri has traveled to the year 1935! The girl who lives in the room in 1935 is named Molly, and she is the same age as Miri. Molly has a tough life, and may be in terrible danger. Miri is determined to help Molly, and bring her back to Miri's own time. Will she be able to save Molly before it's too late? Will they ever figure out the location of the hidden treasure? This charming book is written by the author of the Ivy and Bean series, and fans of those stories will surely love this more challenging read.
Similar books: Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows; The Princess in the Pigpen by Jane Resh Thomas
Reviewed by: lauraf
Date read: 3/28/2013
ISBN-10: 1599901323
ISBN-13: 9781599901329
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Magic or Madness

Justine Larbalestier (2006), 304 pages
Audience: 7th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fantasy, Fiction
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From the Sydney, Australia, home of a grandmother she believes is a witch, fifteen-year-old Reason Cansino is magically transported to New York City, where she discovers that friends, and foes, can be hard to distinguish. Book one of the Magic or Madness trilogy.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 3/27/2009
ISBN-10: 1595140700
ISBN-13: 9781595140708
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Magic Thief

Sarah Prineas (2008), 432 pages
Illustrated by Antonio Javier Caparo
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery
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Conn, what a great name for a pickpocket street urchin, enters the world of magic when he steals from the wizard, Nevery Flinglas. The adventure begins when Conn becomes Nevery's apprentice and his days are filled with magic lessons. Soon, Nevery is tasked by the Duchess to find who or what is stealing the city's magic and darkness surrounds Conn and Nevery as they struggle with the Underlord to restore's Wellmet magic. The trilogy begins with The Magic Thief, and continues with Lost.
Book Series: The Magic Thief
Awards nominated: Rebecca Caudill Award Nominee 2012
Reviewed by: adf
Date read: 9/4/2009
ISBN-10: 0061375888
ISBN-13: 9780061375880
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Magician's Boy

Susan Cooper (2006), 112 pages
Illustrated by Serena Riglietti
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Fantasy, Fiction
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There once was a boy who worked for a magician. He cleaned and cooked for him, but what he really wanted was to learn magic. The magician always told him that he wasn't ready. His favorite job was performing the puppet show, 'St. George and the Dragon,' when the magician performed. One horrible day, the St. George puppet went missing in the middle of a very important performance. The magician then sent the boy into Storyland to find him. The boy meets The Old Woman in the Shoe, Jack of the beanstalk, and Little Red Riding Hood, but will he find St. George in time, and prove that he is, indeed, ready to learn magic?
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 3/27/2009
ISBN-10: 1416915559
ISBN-13: 9781416915553
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Magician's Nephew

C. S. Lewis (1994), 208 pages
Illustrated by Pauline Baynes
Audience: 3rd Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Classic, Fantasy, Fiction
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Digory and Polly are tricked by Digory's strange Uncle Andrew to wear magic rings that bring them into the Wood Between the Worlds. They then enter a dying world and encounter the wicked Queen Jadis. Through the magic of the rings, they accidentally bring Jadis to London, and then to a new world that will become Narnia. Will Digory be able to help his sick mother in the midst of all that is occurring? This is book 6 of the Chronicles of Narnia series.
Book Series: Chronicles of Narnia
Reviewed by: msp
Date read: 9/27/2010
ISBN-10: 0060234970
ISBN-13: 9780060234973
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