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Half Magic by Edward Eager
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Read from May 03 to 08, 2010

I think that if I had sat down 60 years ago to write a book for bright & curious children 9and if I were American) it would have looked a lot like 'Half Magic'.

A somewhat slight, but sparkling, story of 4 children (with the pre-requisite absent parental figures and replacement disagreeable minder)who stumble onto a magical token that grants their wishes - but only half-way. Inevitably, my favourite scene was a return to Arthurian England and the discovery that Lancelot was a bit of a prig.

The book owes, overall, something of a debt to T.H. White (no bad thing in my eyes). There's also a shout-out to E. Nesbit, a writer who Eager apparently paid homage to in each of his books - a quite post-modern feature in charmingly old-school kids book.
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