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An Old Magic

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Through the magic of gypsies who periodically camp on her sheep farm in Wales, Hannah experiences excitement, fear, change, and finally peace.
Hardcover, 175 pages
Published 1977 by Atheneum
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What was Hannah to do? It is 1894, and her father has dead. Their New England sheep farm had to be sold. And she could not bear the thought of going with her mother and sister to the inn in town, where her mother would become the wife of the innkeeper, Mr. Spaulding. The answer did not come at once, and when it did, it was surprising. Through a friend, Hannah got a position as a governess to a family of children in Wales. This story describes her life once she makes this bold move. (from the boo ...more
Jul 15, 2008 Carolynne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of family sagas, gentle young adult romances
Recommended to Carolynne by: CLM
Shelves: romance, young-adult
I just discovered this book by a favorite author, Ruth M. Arthur. It covers several generations of the family of a young woman who leaves her twin sister to emigrate from New England to rural Wales and is more at home there than in America. I can identify with that! Unlike some of Arthur's books, there's no real mystery in this story, but some mysterious gypsy's and the haunting power of the mountain that overshadows the farm add a little zip to the plot. The real center of the book is Hanni (Ha ...more
9/2011 Re-read. I have loved this book forever, it seems, with its haunting Romany violin that I can almost hear as I read. Hanni's story weaves around and through the Romany people who come and go on her adopted farm, Morgan's Ground. Arthur's so good at communicating emotion and magic in a few evocative words. A wonderful story, masterfully told.

4/2008 Re-read, of course. I adore stories that touch on the Romany way of life, and this one is no exception. It also has some of the spooky bits tha
love this author. discovered her when I had the ambition to read all the titles in the children's section of the library and started at A. love the Margery Gill illustrations about as much as the books.
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Working name of UK writer Ruth Mabel Arthur Huggins, long active as a children's author, her career beginning with Friendly Stories (collection, 1932). Most of her early work, like the Brownie sequence -- The Crooked Brownie (1936), The Crooked Brownie in Town (1942) and The Crooked Brownie at the Seaside (1942) is for younger children, but with Dragon Summer (1962) and A Candle in her Room (1966) ...more
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