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Wet Magic

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  206 ratings  ·  14 reviews
When four siblings journey to the seashore for a holiday, one of them unwittingly summons the sister ofa mermaid who is captured by a circus, and the children set out to save the imprisoned being. After a daring midnight rescue, the children's reward is an incredible journey beneath the waves and into the hidden kingdom of the mermaids. But they soon find themselves in a r...more
Paperback, 181 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Books of Wonder / SeaStar (first published 1913)
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I must have read this book when I was about 6... E. Nesbit was the first "real" author I discovered. I think it was the first time I had ever come across a metaphysical problem in a work of literature. The children have been captured by the cruel Sea-People, and the Queen offers them a deal. Anyone who wants can take a little pill, and they will immediately forget who they are, and that they were ever the Sea-People's enemies. They will be welcome as free citizens. But if they don't take the pil...more
Wet Magic* follows the general pattern of Nesbit books: a family of very English children, two boys and two girls in this case, finds themselves embroiled in a magical adventure. In this case, they rescue a mermaid from a circus that had captured her. She takes them back to her own country, and hijinks ensue.

It's pretty typical Nesbit: a simple, fun adventure for kids. It doesn't stand out among the rest of her books in either a good or a bad way; I'd recommend it for someone who's already read...more
Mark Dewey
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Nov 17, 2011 Jessa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: owned
It's sweet. The length and speed I think prevent it from joining my list of truly epic children's stories, but I enjoyed it and am glad to have it as part of my collection. If nothing else, it's incredibly imaginative. I LOVED the parts on literature, though it did feel odd to have this satire pop out of nowhere, rather than have threads of satire laced throughout the story. If you're a fan of children's literature, or literature in general, it's worth the read.
Jan 11, 2014 Zora rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Zora by: Edgar Eager, author of Half Magic
Shelves: older-than-me
Another in my week of middle-grade books. I liked the first half very well, but once they go to the undersea kingdom, I was a bit bored.
I don't like this book a lot because it is one of the ones where the characters have great adventures then have to take memory drugs to forget it all. Otherwise it's a great book.
clunky & awkward, unlike other nesbit's I've read. A tad preachy as well. Maybe it's juet because I haven't read children book for some time and not used to it anymore.
Four nice British children have a magical adventure by and in the ocean. Published in 1913 but timeless.
Anya Behn
Marvelously written in the perspective of children. I am glad E. Nesbit has written many others.
Not one of her best but there's something about Nesbit that makes her worth reading no matter what.
Not my favorite Nesbit book, but still charming.
Got bored and couldn't finish it.
Sep 17, 2008 Cara rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: kids
A very good book.
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Edith Nesbit (married name Edith Bland; 15 August 1858 – 4 May 1924) was an English author and poet; she published her books for children under the name of E. Nesbit.
She wrote or collaborated on over 60 books of fiction for children, several of which have been adapted for film and television. She was also a political activist and co-founded the Fabian Society, a socialist organisation later connec...more
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