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The Magician's Key

(The Secrets of the Pied Piper #2)

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On the Summer Isle, siblings Max and Carter discovered the magical land where the villainous Pied Piper led the children of Hamelin centuries ago. But only Max made it back.

Now she is determined to rescue her brother. To do so, she will have to find the one and only key to the Summer Isle. That key is controlled by Vodnik, a dastardly magician and soul stealer who will sto
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 8th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Meg McGregor
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fairy-tales
I thought this book even better than the first one in the trilogy!

Here, Max and Carter are literally in two different worlds! Max is on Earth and Carter is on the Summer Isle. They each face many different challenges along the way to finding the way back to each other!

Max and Mrs. Amsel go through very dangerous adventures to get to Bordertown and use the Magicians Key which supposedly will open the door to the Summer Isle. But when they finally do reach Bordertown, they find their hopes are cru
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Peri
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
So.

I read The Peddler's Road a long time ago and thought it was pretty okay. I didn't love it or anything, but it was an okay read. The only thing I really loved--or remember loving--about the book was The Piper. He was such an interesting character, and something about his scenes (and there weren't that many in the first) fascinated me.

Recently I saw the second and third book in the library so I figured, why not, I'd give it another try. To be honest, I spent a lot of the book being like "where
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Doris
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Our main characters, siblings Carter and his sister Max are separated by a magic mirror, and this book begins their tales as the two grow and learn apart from the stultifying but loving oversight of Max of her crippled younger brother, who has a clubfoot that can't be corrected. Max tries to get back to the magical isle where she last saw Carter, traversing hidden ways beneath Manhattan, even as Carter unites with the evil(?) Pied Piper to try to stop the ill effects of the magic of Grannie Yaga ...more
Jill Cd
It is very rare that I enjoy the second in a series more than the first book, but that happened here. I felt the characters developed more in this book, and I am looking forward to reading the third!
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Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Reading this series with my 10 year old. It's a fun adventure. Can't wait to see how it all ends. ...more
Myah
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book!!!!!
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Cody, Matthew The Magician’s Key (Secrets of the Pied Piper 2), 318 pgs. Alfred A. Knopf, 2016. $17.99. Language G; Mature Content G; Violence G.

This is book two of the secrets of the Pied Piper trilogy. Max and Carter have become separated in their journey to help the lost children of Hamelin, and embark on very different adventures, both filled with danger. This separation lets Carter become more of his own person, instead of always being protected by his older sister. Vlodnik, an evil magici
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Sharon Tyler
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it
The Magician’s Key by Matthew Cody is the second book in the Secrets of the Pied Piper trilogy. It is scheduled for release on November 8 2016. The first book was The Peddler's Road, which I gave four stars. You do need to read the books in order to understand the characters and storyline. There is a third book promised to conclude the series.

On the Summer Isle, siblings Max and Carter discovered the magical land where the villainous Pied Piper led the children of Hamelin centuries ago. But only
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Anya
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very fun continuation of the series, more magic, shenanigans, and a character with a disability that is the hero of the story! Not feeling middle grade at the moment but will be continuing as soon as I do!
T.J. Burns
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Originally from the Midwest, Matthew Cody now lives in New York City with his wife and son. When not writing books or goofing off with his family, he teaches creative writing to kids of all ages.

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The Secrets of the Pied Piper (3 books)
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