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Half Magic by Edward Eager
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Oct 11, 2007

it was amazing
Recommended for: The Young Of All Ages
Read in January, 1968

Edward Eager was my very first "favorite" author. I remember reading "Half Magic" and feeling a light turn on in my mind; my imagination was stimulated like never before. This is the first of a series of magical adventures involving two sets of children, who are intertwined biologically and magically (in Eager's later book "The Time Garden," the children of the characters in this book and "Magic By The Lake" would be saved by their own future children). Basically, this is the story of four children, in 1920s America, who come upon a magical coin that is so old only half of its magic is left. Thus, they learn to wish for double of whatever they want in order to make the magic work. Eager writes with charm and wit, and always holds the reader's attention. It's a shame that so little is known about Edward Eager. I've searched all over the internet, but almost nothing is known of his life beyond the fact that he was inspired by the legendary childrens' writer E. Nesbit, and went on to produce seven wonderful books of his own.
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message 1: by Megan (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:11PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Megan I saw your review and picked this up the next time I was at the libs. I really liked it, it was such smart writing.

message 2: by Donald (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:11PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Donald Great- I'm glad you enjoyed it. Edward Eager was a special writer. I hope you'll consider reading "The Unreals" someday.

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