Half Magic

Half Magic

Book - 1999 | 1st Harcourt Brace Young Classics ed
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Faced with a dull summer in the city, Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha suddenly find themselves involved in a series of extraordinary adventures after Jane discovers an ordinary-looking coin that seems to grant wishes.
Publisher: San Diego, Calif. : Harcourt Brace, c1999
Edition: 1st Harcourt Brace Young Classics ed
ISBN: 9780152020699
Branch Call Number: JUV FIC Eag
Characteristics: 192 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Bodecker, N. M.


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Jul 22, 2019

My childhood favorite. A timeless, delightful tale.

JCLTamiT Jan 19, 2017

Fun adventure in the style of Edith Nesbit. I really enjoyed it, and look forward to reading the next in the series.

Nov 21, 2016

This is a great read aloud book. Well written and funny. Lots of magic without the overwhelming darkness of some newer books.
My seven year old is loving them.

ArapahoeAmanda Jul 25, 2016

This was my favorite book as a kid, I loved it so much I read it over and over. It took me away to its fantasy world throughout the whole story.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

"Half Magic" is an amusing and heartwarming story about four siblings who find a magic coin that seems to grant the children only half of what they ask for. A perfect book for kids who love magic and make believe.

Sep 28, 2015

Half Magic is a story about 4 like-able, ordinary siblings (ages ~ 12-6) who find a coin that grants wishes. They take separate turns wishing on the coin, to wish for that kid's "heart's desire." Then that ONE kid uses the coin to wish corrections to their resulting shared adventure. Wishing is tricky (dangerous?).
My granddaughter and I liked watching the 4 kids discuss how to fix unexpected glitches.

The book has 8 long chapters -- one wish-adventure per chapter. I liked reading one adventure per evening, allowing time for its ideas to percolate in our heads during the next day.
The book leads to a "heart's desire" ending for the entire family.
Next, we'll read Magic by the Lake, where the same 4 kids encounter a different kind of magic, that has different rules.

Chris__B Apr 16, 2015

I read this book as a child, in about grade 5, and I so wished I could have a summer just like the children in this book did. Such a fun adventure, finding magic that doesn't quite work. I think kids today will still enjoy the twists and magic in this classic story.

Sep 05, 2014

I remember reading this in second grade. As soon as i saw the title again, i remembered the whimsical story that inspired me again and again through-out my childhood. Half-Magic is one of the most original fantasy books i have ever read, with lots of authentic characters and ideas. I love this book, and i will always treasure it.

RainbowGoldfish May 25, 2013

This book was ok but I think it was boring.

Jul 10, 2012

A quirky, magical tale of many awesome but odd events that keep you wanting more. I am 14 and I still enjoy it!

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Jul 19, 2011

Martha felt a wish for companionship "Oh dear if you could only talk," she said to Carrie.

"Purrxx ," said Carrie the cat. "wah oo merglitz.Fitzahhh!"
"What?" said Martha, startled.


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