Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Hatching Magic (Hatching Magic, #1)” as Want to Read:
Hatching Magic (Hatching Magic, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Hatching Magic (Hatching Magic #1)

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,971 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
"You never know when magic will hatch...." Poor Theodora Oglethorpe! Her biologist father has gone off to explore the jungles of Laos without her, her best friends are away on vacation, and a long, hot, lonely Boston summer is all she has to look forward to.

Poor Gideon! Wycca, his pet wyvern, has disappeared through a magic hole in time in search of a place to lay her egg.
Paperback, 242 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published May 1st 2003)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Hatching Magic, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
Callan Holpp I liked it... Are you assuming that too many people thought what happened was bad? I thought it was amazing.

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Kat Heckenbach
Nov 17, 2015 Kat Heckenbach rated it it was amazing
I actually read the sequel to this first, having picked it up at a used book sale unaware that it was part of a series. I enjoyed that book so much I decided I needed to read the first one. (For the record--the second book did a great job of standing on its own.)

As with the other book, I loved the characters in this one. Theodora is easy to relate to and empathize with. She's smart and spunky and realistic. The other characters come to life as well and are distinctive, particularly the Wizard Gi
Mar 14, 2010 Janeen-san rated it liked it
Wycca is a wyvern, the most catlike of dragons. She belongs to the wizard Gideon, a busy twelfth-century wizard. Wycca is about to lay an egg, and none of the places she's searched so far in the castle have seemed just right. Then, all of the sudden, what does she find in the melon patch--but a Bolt Hole through Time itself.

Gideon discovers Wycca is missing. Then he also finds the Bolt Hole. Packing up his trusty familiars and a few spells, he goes through the Hole, certain that his wyvern must
Rebecca McNutt
Hatching Magic was a pretty good book story-wise, but I couldn't really relate to the characters and the book wasn't very descriptive, either.
Oct 27, 2010 Monika rated it it was amazing
omg... this book was soooo goood. although i read it in like 3rd grade, this book is a must read for any fantasy lovers!!!
Jan 16, 2016 Anna rated it it was ok
I got this advanced reader's copy from my high school librarian for free. Naturally, I was interested because dragons.

But it turned out to be a grave disappointment. The pacing/story telling was horrible. This is a book about a young girl and her encounter with a dragon, and yet she doesn't meet the dragon until 3/4 way through the book (even then, she only meets the chick, not the mother). The slow narrative up until the climax was intolerable - I was not intrigued by any of the hiccups along t
Oct 02, 2011 Doris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story, although it was obviously written for a young audience. The version I have is a Scholastic Book Fair edition, sold only in schools, but was in great condition.

The story line was a little confusing as it switched back and forth between 3 different groups of people, all of whom are moving towards the same goals (even if they don't know it). The main sets are the wizard from the 13th century and the wizard-to-be from the 21st century. They also happen to be the most likable,
Apr 18, 2013 Willow rated it really liked it
I'm in the middle of reading this book and so far, I like it. I love how the main character, whos from the 13th century, refers to 21st century things as magical things when they're just ordinary objects such as dishwashers or stove tops. I agree with some of the other reviews saying its confusing and weird but if you like magic and fantasies then you should give this book a chance. It has a Harry potter ring to it with all the spells, enchantments, and items and it has varying ingredients to po ...more
Hyun Young Jeong
Oct 27, 2015 Hyun Young Jeong rated it really liked it
The book ‘Hatching Magic’ is a very fabulous fantasy book. The book is mainly about people and a wyvern from the 13th century that came to the 21st century. The main character, Theodora Ogelthorps, is obsessed with wyverns. The other protagonist, who is a wizard, loses his pregnant wyvern after she travels through a time portal to the 21st century. The wizard's opponent, a demon from the 13th century, discovers that the wyvern is missing and follows the wizard and his wyvern through the time por ...more
Oct 08, 2015 DragonRecs rated it really liked it
Shelves: dragon-recs
I first read this book in middle school, and I really enjoyed it, although some part of me was craving a little more "magic" (I had just finished reading Eragon, so that had something to do with it)

Theodora is a character that I related to, as she desperately wanted some magic in her life and used video games and fantasy movies as a way to imitate that. Re-reading now, she can sometimes come off as a bit of a brat, but she is always aware of how she is acting and reacts appropriately when the mo
Feb 16, 2012 Faith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Theodora's father gets to go explore the jungles of Laos and she is left with her nanny, Mikko. Theodora's best friends, her only friends, are off on vacation, leaving Theodora alone for the entire summer. She thinks this will be the worst summer, but it won't be at all.

Reasons why I like this book-

Reason 1- I couldn't stop reading.

Reason 2- I could imagine what was happening.

Reason 3- It made me wonder, do dragon's really exist?
Feb 11, 2015 Kelley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think ten-year-old me would have loved and devoured this book, but adult me had a hard time seeing past the flaws in the story telling. The narrative jumps around to the points of view of four main characters: Theodora (Dodo), Gideon and Merlin, Wycca, and Kobold. Sound like too many main characters? It was. While I enjoyed Theodora's (what I came to think of as the main narrative) story-line and enjoyed the secondary adventures and mishaps of Gideon and Merlin, I felt that Kobold and Wycca ha ...more
Dec 19, 2007 Ardis rated it did not like it
Shelves: kids
This book was boring, and not all that well written. As Casey says, in another review, it's recommended for kids who read and enjoyed Harry Potter, however, it's really for a younger set of readers. I wanted to like it, as it was written by a local author, and I lived in the area the book took place in, but alas, I never recommended this book to any of the kids that came to the children's library I worked in.
Jan 26, 2016 Catherine rated it it was amazing
Again, another book that was slightly too unrealistic, but who am I to complain? I'm one of the biggest fantasy fiction lovers out there! I have to wonder, though... why was the evil wizard Kobold so anxious to get rid of his rival, Gideon? Was he truly vengeful, because of how Gideon beat him out for the position of Sorcerer Royal, or was he working under someone else's bidding? And for what prize? As said by Merlin near the end of the book, "'Think about it, my friend, what is a greater prize ...more
Clara Heintzelman
I love magic, and I loved this book. I happen to know there is a sequel, and I can't wait to read it. Considering the fact that in "Hatching Magic" Wycca, the wyvern, travels through time from the 1200s to 2002, I assume that Theodora will travel from 2002 back to the 1200s. Theodora helps Gideon (Wycca's master from 1200 who follows her, trying to find Wycca) and a professor named Merlin, who, as well as Gideon, is a wizard, find Wycca. Also, in the first book, it hints that Theodora's mother w ...more
Dec 08, 2015 Brenna rated it it was amazing
I wasn't allowed to read this book when I was a kid because it has tarot cards in it. My cousin owned it, and I tried to sneak it around my Mom, but she confiscated it.
Anyway, I remembered the cover 13 years later and tried finding it on the internet. With a quick search of "book with picture of demon hatching from an egg on the cover," I found it!

Except it isn't a demon on the cover. It is a wyvern, a cat-like type of dragon. This book is so adorable and clever. I really couldn't put it down.
Oct 17, 2010 Julian rated it really liked it
an another fiction novel to your list. an definite to read
Mason Frey
Feb 21, 2010 Mason Frey rated it really liked it
Hatching Magic
By: Mason Frey

This book takes place in Boston in 2002. The main characters are: Merlin, the wizard of Harvard Square, Gideon, a wizard from the 1200's, Kobold, Gideon's enemy, Wycca, Gideon's wyvern, Theodora Oglethorpe, a young wyvern fanatic, and Mikko, the Oglethorpe's housekeeper and Theodora's friend.
In this book Gideon's pet wyvern, Wycca, accidentally stumbles through a bolt-hole (a portal to another Where and When) while searching for a nest for her egg and ends up in the
Aug 29, 2009 Keith rated it liked it
I read this book to my daughter. She could read it herself, but still enjoys sharing a story with Dad.

A wizard from Medieval England visits modern-day Boston looking for his lost Wyvern (a dragon-like creature). He receives unexpected help from a 20th century wizard he meets in Harvard Square. Meanwhile, a young girl, stuck at home while her Dad is out of town on a research field trip, has the adventure of her life.

This is a great fit for my daughter, who is still a relative newcomer to the wor
Feb 04, 2014 Nikki rated it really liked it
This review is long time coming. The years have passed quickly and I'll tell to you my story of "Hatching Magic".

I was but a child, Theodora's age no less or more. And indeed, I loved dragons and magic as much as she, if not moreso. As a gift for good grades at a student led conference, my parents bought me a book at the Scholastic book fair. It was the BEST event of the school year.

I came home that night with a beautiful little book with a wyvern on the cover and inside, a cute little bookmark
Oct 18, 2013 Dominiculloa rated it really liked it

This story is about a wyvern named Wycca who goes goes into a bolt hole trying to find a good place to lay her egg and ends up in 20th century Boston. Her owner Gideon has to find her before his nemesis Kobold or else Wycca can be used against him, so he goes in the bolt hole after her. It is also about a girl named Theodora Oglethorpe (also called dodo) who loves her wyvern trading cards. Little does she know that wyverns, wizards, and magic are all real and the card that she finds is a real ma
Marlou Heijnen
Aug 09, 2015 Marlou Heijnen rated it liked it
More or less read this one really. I dont use bookmarks when reading -and usually that doesn't form a problem- but this one time, I got my chapters confused and completely jumbled the storylines. Never finished because of that (and also because I had to return it to the library.) What I read though, I liked, and I'm kind of sad I somehow was never able to find it again in that library. ...more
Jun 22, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
Theodora feels she is old enough to go with her father on his summer research assignment; however, once again she is left at home with her nanny, Mikko. What makes this time even worse than the others is the fact that her friends have all left for the summer, and Theodora has yet to collect the cards to get her into the Wyvernkeeper's Circle. But then Theodora finds a wyvern trump stuck to the bottom of her shoe, and Theodora's summer changes drastically.

In another time and another realm, Gideon
Brian To
Oct 31, 2013 Brian To rated it liked it
"Hatching Magic" by Ann Downer is a very good book. It had a complex story line that you probably understand unless you read the entire book from beginning to end. I liked this because it show many different points of view on the same plot. All the characters had different opinions on the same matter. The four different points in this book were Gideon, Kobald, Theodora, and Wycca. Wycca is Gideon's pet wyvern who went missing by going some magic hole in time. In my opinion, I have one problem wi ...more
Nani Poe
Sep 04, 2015 Nani Poe rated it really liked it
I thought this book was extraordinary! The vocabulary in Hatching Magic like wyvern, bolt-hole, and others made this book even more interesting. Although Hatching Magic is more of a children's book considering all of the dragons and wizards, it was still interesting enough to catch the attention of an eighth grader.
A well written young adult fantasy book that shows us that our normal modern world may not be as normal as we think. Believable characters, a well developed plot, and a very interesting take on the subject of dragons and chocolate. Good for younger readers as well as adults looking for a light read.
Maybe one day I'll actually re-read this book. I had started it long ago when I was younger (probably because it had a dragon on it) but I remembered that it had been boring or so. So, this review is basically a reminder for me to read it again to see what I think.
Nov 01, 2015 Vojtěch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
Pěkné, milé, hezky dětské. Možná akorát ten konec byl na mě až moc urychlený a jaksi useknutý, ale jinak se to velmi dobře četlo. Krásný oddech.
Feb 03, 2015 Paula rated it really liked it
Dragons and magic are always a winning combination. Super cute story that feels like it may continue into a series.
Apr 17, 2016 Amanda rated it it was amazing
dramatic, magical, different, there should be a second book! for ages 10 and up
Aug 30, 2014 Alexis rated it really liked it
I live how it involves modern time and midievel time and how a girl can do anything
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
What's The Name o...: A little girl, a kobold and a baby dragon [s] 3 28 May 23, 2014 07:39PM  
  • Dragon's Egg
  • Venom of the Serpent's Cunning (Andy Smithson, #2)
  • The Monster's Ring (Magic Shop, #1)
  • The Dragon's Eye: The Dragonology Chronicles, Volume One
  • Reader and Educator Guide to "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings"
  • The Dragon in the Sock Drawer (Dragon Keepers, #1)
  • Dragonborn (The Flaxfield Quartet, #1)
  • Dragon Keeper (Dragon Keeper, #1)
  • How to Slay a Dragon (The Journals of Myrth, #1)
  • Ivy's Ever After
  • Magical Mischief
  • Gauge (The Dragons of Wayward Crescent, #2)
  • The Dragon of Lonely Island
  • Back To The Divide (The Divide, #2)
  • Protector of the Grove (The Bowl of Souls, #7 / Jharro Grove Saga, #2)
  • The Dragon of Trelian (Trelian, #1)
  • The Last Enchanter
  • The Black Dragon (Claire-Agon Dragon, #1)

Other Books in the Series

Hatching Magic (2 books)
  • The Dragon of Never-Was (Hatching Magic, #2)

Share This Book