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Fur Magic (The Magic Books #3)

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Enter a world of ancient magic

When his father is called to active duty in Vietnam, Cory Alder is sent to spend the summer with his adopted Native American uncle, Jasper. Accustomed to life in the city, Cory finds the reality of the ranch scary—every shadow is full of menace. But when an encounter with a medicine man catapults Cory into a world of Native American legend, co
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by Starscape (first published 1968)
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Wilson E. Stevens Sr.
Mar 03, 2014 Wilson E. Stevens Sr. rated it really liked it
This is typical Andre Norton’s coming of age Science Fiction Books. It is about a young boy named Cory, who has left the state of Florida When his dad goes to the air rescue unit in Vietnam, and his aunt Lucy went to assist her grandmother recover from her operation in San Francisco. Rather than being home alone, he was given to operatically to visit his uncle Jasper who lives on a ranch in Idaho, and raised Appaloosa horses for rodeos. This was about as different in climate and people as Cory c ...more
A fairly classic Trickster tale, with a vision quest set by Black Elk himself. This story tends to leave a bitter taste in the mouth--perhaps because the protagonist hates himself so much for being fearful that he never seems to question whether fear might be appropriate, in perilous situations.

There's less murderous violence in this book than in most of Norton's books, but there's quite a bit of beating and bullying. If it's intended to cater to children, it's not likely to be reassuring to tho
Apr 21, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it
City kid is sent to the country when his dad goes overseas. But the Wild West is not like the books he read. It is too wild, he is scared of everything, and is ashamed of how fearful he is.

When he finds a skin medicine bag, it starts him on an adventure in the time before men, when the first people, the Animal People, lived in the world. And The Changer, the Coyote, was trying to turn the world.
This is the last one of the Magic Books that I have (Can't find a copy of Lavender-green Magic), and while it wasn't bad, it wasn't amazing either.

The main character is kinda annoying, and while the Native American mythos is pretty interesting, the plot was kinda thin. After a while, the whole 'magic for empowerment' thing gets old.
Nov 24, 2015 Doris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was written for the younger crowd but has the Grand Master's flair for building a believable story of fantasy and history, climaxing in a believable story with a comfortable touch.
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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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