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A Darker Magic

3.16  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  5 reviews
It began innocently enough with the discovery of an old flyer announcing a long-forgotten magic show held on Saturday, August 8, 1936. But since then, Emily and her teacher, Miss Potts, have been drawn into sinister and frightening shadows from another realm. In a life-and-death struggle, the unlikely pair must overpower the evil that lies waiting at the old railway depot. ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Fitzhenry & Whiteside (first published 1987)
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Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
I picked this up because recently I unknowingly read its sequel, The Green Man. I found that book to be confusing and rather vague about the dangerous magic it was describing and I was hoping that this book would shed some light on that. Unfortunately, all reading this did was raise more questions, and introduce numerous continuity errors between the two books.
The most egregious to me, which really ruined the whole experience, although it might come off as nit-picky, was the chronological setti
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, middle-grade
Feb. 1/11
Read this in Grade 8. I remember liking it and I've been searching for it for years so it must have made an impact on me. Plan to read it again.

Dec 11/11
Found it!!!!!!

Ok so read this for a second time. Found it less interesting than I did in grade 8. It was written a little strange. The chapters alternated between Ms. Potts, Emily, Craig, and the Children's Magic Show. At times I forgot who was talking. I just wasn't attached to the story. I did like the mysterious element of finding ou
Carol Ward
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Despite the fact this was written for a middle-grade audience, I liked this book. The characters were distinct and though this was a horror, it was never gory or over the top. I kind of felt sorry for Emily, living in such crowded quarters with all those boisterous siblings, but I think that was probably what made her strong. I think of all the characters we were introduced to, she was the most appealing. Craig was also an interesting character, with his persistence in seeking out Scott. The sit ...more
Jun 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A good story but a bit forced by the end. You can tell that this book came earlier in Bedard's portfolio than others. If I remember correctly, this was his first novel. Still the story captures your attention from the beginning. Bedard plays with time, and the points of view of various characters. For some this might be confusing, especially near the end, but it seems to go with the theme and suspense of the story line.

Worth a read, but probably not a story I'd reach for again and again.
Oct 06, 2009 rated it did not like it
Wasn't clear.........between past and present and it just frankly wasn't a good book in my opinion.
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Michael Bedard was born and raised in Toronto. His novels include Stained Glass, A Darker Magic, Painted Devil, and Redwork, which received the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year Award for Children. He has also written several acclaimed picture books, including The Clay Ladies, which received the Toronto IODE Book Award. His biography, William ...more
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