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M Is for Magic by Neil Gaiman
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M is for Magic is a collection of short stories by Neil Gaiman who is known as the author of Coraline. The first story titled “The Case of Four and Twenty Blackbirds” features familiar nursery rhyme characters such as Humpty Dumpty, Little Jack Horner, and Old Mother Hubbard. It is a clever tale that investigates the death of Humpty Dumpty. My least favorite tale was “Don’t Ask Jack” simply because there wasn’t much to the story; it was only four pages long. “October in the Chair” is a noteworthy mention that features characters who sit around a campfire telling ghost stories. My favorite was “The Witches Headstone.” The story tells the tale of a boy who meets a ghost in the graveyard. The ghost was accused of being a witch and was drowned and burned. She tells the boy about the events that led to her death. The ghost is upset because she does not have a headstone for her grave; the boys feels bad for her and embarks on a journey to get her a headstone.
Although the book is labeled as a fantasy book, Gaiman includes a mixture of mystery, humor, adventure, and terror. The stories were entertaining and amusing. Gaiman’s writing allows readers to delve into their imaginations and escape reality for just a little while. Everyone needs a break from real-life drama once in awhile, including young adults.

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