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The Magic Carpet

4.86  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Outer London, September 2016, and neighbouring eight-year-olds have homework: prepare a traditional story to perform with their families at a school festival. But Nathan's father thinks his son would be better off doing sums; Sky's mother's enthusiasm is as fleeting as her bank balance, and there's a threatening shadow hanging over poor Alka's family. Only Mandeep's ...more
Paperback, 420 pages
Published July 12th 2019 by Independently Published
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Sally Cronin
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A novel as diverse and intriguing as its characters.

The Magic Carpet is set in outer London in early September 2016, and its cast is a group of young schoolchildren aged seven and eight, tasked with developing the classic fairy tales into performances on Friday October 14th.

The children head home with their assigned stories with the wide remit of telling the fairy tale in any way they wish, involving whoever they wish, including family members.

The author invites us into the children’s homes to
Kerry Robinson
I must admit that I got an expected but completely welcome surprise when I read this book. The magic carpet is an intricate and beautifully told tale of a school project and several families involved. Each child in the class has been allocated a fairy story to take home and make their own any way they wish.

The narratives switches between each family and each chapter is dedicated to a different class member. Diverse, intriguing and almost voyeuristic, we are allowed to peep into the lives of each
L.A. MacFadden
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderfully written, important book. When I read the first few paragraphs of a review on a book blog I happened onto, (thinking at first glance by the cover and title that it was going to be a lighthearted book, intended for young children) I thought-wow! I really like the way this author writes! I left the blog and immediately bought the eBook. And I did not want to stop reading, although I had to, for things like sleep, work, etc. Throughout, with the different vignettes set in the ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and well written

The Magic Carpet is a beautifully written insight into the lives of a diverse group of characters. A thought provoking and entertaining read.
Darlene Foster
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book about a diverse neighborhood brought together through a school project. The author does a great job of depicting each family from different cultural backgrounds without being stereotypical. The difference between the children and the adults is well portrayed as well. The story is told from multiple points of view, much of it through internal dialogue, which is not easy to do. The story centers around a class project of retelling a classic fairy tale by putting a ...more
Elizabeth Lloyd
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Coming to this book as a retired primary school teacher, I rejoiced to hear the voices of these 5 different children and to read the response of their families to the school’s fairy tale project; but this story has a wider context allowing us into the homes of families from varied cultures, structures and beliefs in the turbulent context of post-Referendum Britain. Set in outer London at the beginning of a new school year, the protagonists all live within a few yards of each other, but initially ...more
Lel Budge
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Magic Carpet is set in a London school, where young children of 8 years old are turning fairy tales into a school performance.

They have been told they can make any changes they like and include anyone they want to.

So we follow the children to their homes and meet their families…..all from different backgrounds and it’s really a beautiful way of hearing all these stories. The different cultures, religions and languages and how they managed to make their lives in London.

There are grandparents,
Neville Filar
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Fantastic Read

Based on what is obviously a deep love for and knowledge of the teaching of young children, Norrie weaves an utterly engrossing tale of contemporary London life.
I was gripped from the outset by the vibrant reality of her characters and situations
The writing style is apparently effortlessly easy. Situations develop ,are resolved and all the time one is hungry for more . To learn how the lives of these people who I quickly came to love will turn out. And how the children's plays
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly magical book. I absolutely enjoyed it. Jessica has magical woven each of the characters' stories into a beautiful fairy tale. The characters are likeable and in some cases, relatable too. A must-read book, especially if you like books of the genre contemporary fiction.
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