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More Than Magic

3.23  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Join Rory and Ryder in their adventures in our world—and the world beyond the TV.
Ryder Holmsby is the same age as Rory, the popular TV cartoon character her animator parents created. Ryder and Rory are alike—bold and brave! But Ryder is a bit lonely: Mom passed away a couple of years ago, and Dad is dating a woman with snooty teenage daughters. Ryder doesn’t fit in with
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Published September 27th 2016 by Wendy Lamb Books
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May 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I've been trying to get more into middle grade fiction lately, because there have been a whole bunch of releases that look amazing, and also why not? Middle school was time when I started to really love reading (even more than I did before!), and started moving away from middle grade to young adult fiction. More Than Magic is one of the several middle grade books that I had waiting for me when I got back to university, but unfortunate
Ms. Yingling
Aug 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Did not meet the needs of my collection.
Dena (Batch of Books)
2.5 stars. I'm going to be honest, this wasn't my favorite book. I've read other books by this author (Guardians of Ga'hoole, Horses of the Dawn) that I enjoyed quite a bit, but this one was confusing. I didn't really understand how the kids kept going back and forth between Ecalpon (the TV world) and the real world. The concept of being in wireframe and having a soul and heart didn't make much sense and the parts about coding were hard to follow. My kids kept saying the story was confusing, and ...more
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Ryder Holmsby was the inspiration for a cartoon character, Rory, created by her mom and dad. Unfortunately, her mom passed away two years ago. Ryder and her dad have been adjusting to life without her. Ryder’s dad suddenly starts acting different and begins dating Bernice. Bernice barges into their lives trying to take over and change everything, including the future of Rory and the show. Rory can’t allow this to happen so she finds a way to project herself out of the TV to warn Ryder. Ryder, Ro ...more
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Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story begins in Deadwood, South Dakota, where Ryder is staying at the home of her Grandma, or “Granny,” who plays an important role in Ryder's life since Ryder's mom has passed away. Ryder and her father live in Los Angeles, California, where he is a TV show creator of Super-Rory-Us. When Ryder goes home, her dad is very happy to see her, but she's unsure about his girlfriend, Bernice, and her 3 daughters, who Ryder calls “The Three Happys." One night she turns on the TV and watches Super-Ro ...more
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ryder vit seule avec son père depuis la mort de sa mère. Si celle-ci lui manque, la jeune fille vit néanmoins une vie heureuse grâce à sa relation très privilégiée avec son père et sa grand-mère. Elle trouve également un certain réconfort, à la disparition prématurée de sa mère, à travers une série télé créée par cette dernière et mettant en scène Rory. La mère de Ryder a voulu faire de Rory une fillette forte qui, grâce à son esprit et à sa bravoure, vient à bout de tous les dangers et de tous ...more
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I can overlook the fact that the logic and the magic aren't explained very convincingly. However, there are several transitions missing, meaning the characters jump about with no explanation. And at one point a character seems to turn into an owl without explanation.
Brooke Banks
I couldn't finish it (found it really dull) and my daughter wouldn't start it (said it sounded boring). Off it goes to someone else, may they have better luck than us.
Sharon Tyler
Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it
More Than Magic by Kathryn Lasky is a middle grade novel that combines a Cinderlla style story with a touch of television and computer coding. Ryder Holmsby is the same age as Rory, the popular TV cartoon character her animator parents created. Ryder and Rory are alike—bold and brave! But Ryder is a bit lonely: Mom passed away a couple of years ago, and Dad is dating a woman with snooty teenage daughters. Ryder doesn’t fit in with them at all. And then: Shazam! Rory jumps out of the TV into Ryde ...more
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a book that is full of adventure, action and girl power. Ryder is an 11-year-old girl who lost her beloved mother two years previously. Her parents created an animated television show called Super-Rory-Us starring an 11-year-old cartoon girl based on young Ryder. Ryder’s dad begins dating a woman with three teenaged girls, two of who tease Ryder. Even worse, there are plans to make the brave and adventurous Rory character into a princess! This goes against everything that Ryder’s mom wan ...more
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, read-2016
*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley*

I'm really not sure what to think of this book. The premise is cool, but it just didn't gel with me. I read an ARC. It may be cleaned up a bit before it goes to print, but it just seemed kind of choppy. The characters would suddenly be in a different place without any real transition. I know it's geared toward a younger audience, but the characters were generally one-dimensional.

That said, it was a fun story about a spunky gi
Sep 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I enjoyed the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series so much that I was excited for this book. The story line was good, but the writing did not flow as smoothly as I would have hoped. I caught myself having to re-read sections as I wasn't clear on what was happening. I really wish that ratings could be on a 10 point scale as this was more a 3.5, but not really a 4.

I received this ARC from Net Galley for my honest opinion.
T.J. Burns
I received a copy of this book from Random House Children's Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Tia Garrigues
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute story.
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Kathryn Lasky is the American author of many critically acclaimed books, including several Dear America books, several Royal Diaries books, 1984 Newbery Honor winning Sugaring Time, The Night Journey, and the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series.

She was born June 24, 1944, and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is married to Christopher Knight, with whom she lives in Massachusetts.

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