Seven-Day Magic (Tales of Magic #7)
That said, when I was a child, I was like Fredericka in this book (actually, I suppose I WAS Fredericka, down to long, funny F name and favorite Oz book) and liked "magic adventure[s], with wizards and...more
Even the premise is a riff on Five Children and It, where five kids take turns getting wishes from an unreliable source. In this case, it's a magic book from a library, and it dumps the kids into adventures vaguely reminiscent of other books, when it doesn't simply borrow the characters from one entirely. There's some clever turns to the stories-beware...more
Oh, yes, I thought, nodding, of course.
I remember reading this book when I was a little ten year old girl.
I found Half Magic on the bottom shelf, dusty, almost unread,
and felt like I'd discovered a whole new world. Imagine how sad
I was to find that there were only two more Edward Eager books
in our library, which composed for me the entire extent of my book world!
The book was every bit as good to me as a forty-seven year old
** All books are magic, but some are more magical than others. When Susan
opens a strange library book, she discovers it is about her and her
friends, leading up to the moment when she opened the book. Beyond that,
the pages are blank... waiting for the children to wish the book full
Fredericka asks for wizards and beasties, and a dragon carries her off.
Susan journeys to the world of Half Magic, and finds that mixing magic
creates trouble -- far too much to deal with before the b
So it's probably not a surprise that this is by far not my favourite Eager book. That spot would have to be held for The Knight's Castle or The Time Garden. And it's not the famil(ies) that t...more
Well said, Barnaby! AND a magic book about children who find adventures in their local library, written by an author from my hometown, is an extra bonus.
Because I didn't read it as a child, it doesn't carry the same nostalgia as the others in the series for me, but it's still great, and a wonderful ending to the series as well, leavi...more
Eager was a childhood fan of L. Frank Baum's Oz series, and started writing children's books when he could not find stories he wanted to read to h...more