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Octagon Magic (The Magic Books #2)

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The secret of Octagon House

When her grandmother gets sick, eleven-year-old Lorrie Mallard is sent to live with her aunt in the U.S. Things were different back home in Canada, and Lorrie is homesick—especially when boys like Jimmy Purvis and Stan Wormiski tease her.

One day, Lorrie finds herself at the door of Octagon House, where she is welcomed by the elderly Miss Asheme

Paperback, 182 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Starscape (first published 1967)
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Ms. Yingling
May 18, 2015 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Came across this in the bunch of books from Half Price books that were donated for my students' summer reading.

Lorrie comes to the US from Canada to live with her aunt when her grandmother becomes ill. Her aunt is a busy career woman, so leaves her to her own devices or, worse, to the care of a neighbor with rambunctious children. She is given a hard time by some of the boys in her class (They taunt her with "Canuck, walks like a duck!" I can only imagine how much trouble they would be in at my
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Wilson E. Stevens Sr.
Feb 25, 2014 Wilson E. Stevens Sr. rated it really liked it
This is a book about a 12 year old girl that has moved from Canada to live with her aunt. She is having problems because of the different customs, life style, and educational system. While having this difficulty, she discovers the Octagon house, and the magic it has within. It makes lasting changes in her life, as well as helping her to adapt to her new home and living conditions. It is a good read, and a little sorrowful. Made me teary eyed several times at the end.
This book was a little less... boring, than the first book in the series. I'm not sure why it's a series, but I noticed that Norton has a few series like that, where the stories are grouped based more on common themes than on any continuous story-line.

I think what intrigued me about this book was that it was less of an in-your-face 'children have a magical adventure and learn stuff' story, and more of a subtle piece about the changes that maturing over time can bring, instead of the changes that
Jul 17, 2016 Tena rated it it was amazing
I just read this today... I hadn't read it since Fifth grade... strange how memory rewrites things... I always remembered it as more about time travel and less of a social commentary... There is more to this book for adults then I recalled. Excellent book!
Sheryl Tribble
Feb 02, 2016 Sheryl Tribble rated it liked it
Liked this one better than the other Norton's I've read lately. The changes and growth of the main character were much more believable, and the plot less predictable.
Mar 11, 2014 Maxine added it
stupid!!! the story was wonderful. the endingcwas confusing and in my opinion did not explain anything whatsoever. because of this I will not pick up another of this authors books.
Many people seem to think that Norton created a 'series' of 'Magic' books. There's little evidence of it--little or no continuity, for one thing.

This book could be considered an expansion of the short story of 'Miss Ruthven' (sp?). Similar themes and ideas, anyway, though with more (and more varied) stories.

Norton's stories are often stories of loners, but, oddly, her stories clad in 'modern' dress seem to be remarkably pushy about insisting that people socialize and conform. Why SHOULDN'T the p
Apr 21, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it
Lorrie, a Canadian, is finding it hard to settle in the US at her aunt's home. Meeting Hallie and Miss Charlotta at the Octagon House, the house the other kids call the Witch House, is wonderful. Things she learns about the past of the house help her in the present. In the end, the house also gives her a future to look forward to.
Lisa the Librarian
May 01, 2010 Lisa the Librarian rated it liked it
I owned this book in junior high. I liked it then and still like it.

Well written and intriguing. The story has some suspense, some mystery, some magic and some mystery. Plus a bit of history. It all comes together in this well crafted tale of a lonely girl named Lorrie.

Mar 05, 2012 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasysf, kids
I loved this book! I read it in high school when a friend lent it to me. Amazon says it's for ages 10 and up. The story was truly magical and just sucked me in. I'd love to get my hands on a copy and read it again.
Dec 13, 2008 Julia rated it it was amazing
This was a favorite book from childhood I decided to read again and I am glad I did. It is a wonderful story of a lonely girl who discovers a secret world at her neighbor's home.
Jun 25, 2009 L. rated it did not like it
This book was, to quote Shakespeare, "duller than a great thaw." I kept waiting for something exciting to happen, but sadly ran out of book before the anticipated event.
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Dec 14, 2013 Shazza Maddog rated it really liked it
My favorite of the 'Magic' series, Octagon Magic explores time travel through the magics of an antique doll house which is based off of the Octagon House.
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Alice Mary Norton always had an affinity to the humanities. She started writing in her teens, inspired by a charismatic high school teacher. First contacts with the publishing world led her, as many other contemporary female writers targeting a male-dominated market, to choose a literary pseudonym. In 1934 she legally changed her name to Andre Alice. The androgynous Andre doesn't really say "male" ...more
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