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A Handful of Magic Paperback – 6 Jul 2000

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (6 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192718363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192718365
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,317,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shikha Sharma on 20 Aug. 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is the first in a magical series that follows the adventures of the young wizard, Kit. It contains all the classic ingredients of a children's storybook - good in the form of the magic community versus evil which manifests itself here as the evil scientist, Stafford Sparks who is determined that electricity should replace the use of magic in England. Elboz writes well in a style comparable to J.K. Rowling, and the story commences at a nice pace, with novel touches such as the bewitched gargoyles who guard St. Paul's Cathedral. Set in Victorian England, what works especially well in the novel is the way in which the fantastical world of witches and wizards is juxtaposed with the reality and familiarity of everyday life. The reader is transported to a period when secret Burrower populations lived beneath London helping to construct the Underground. What perhaps spoilt the book for me was the disappointment of Kit, the story's main character who comes across as rather irritating with equally irksome friends. The lack of truly remarkable characters definitely affected my overall enjoyment of what is otherwise a well-written novel by a fantastic author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 April 2001
Format: Paperback
Kit and his friends inhabit London (a slightly different London to the one we know!) In their city magic is predominant. Flying carpets are used for transport, werewolves are on display, and a very important person lives in the tower of Old St. Paul's Cathedral.
Science becomes a force to be reckoned with. Stafford Sparks (the evil scientist)rival's the Queen's Witch Doctor (Kit's Father)for power in the land. For adults the ensuing conflicts are reminiscent of those of the prime Ministers of Queen Victoria's day, and the concerns about the rise of science and all the social changes that it brings surely reflect those of 19th century England.
For children it is a wonderfully exciting story!
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A Handful of Magic 20 Aug. 2003
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Format: Paperback
Genre: Fantasy/ Fiction
Series: The Magical Adventures of Kit Stixby, Number: 1
Author: Stephen Elboz
A Handful of Magic is England in the nineteenth century in a way no one has ever thought of before. Magic in England you might say. Dream on. But that is what this book is about. "This is when magic and science were at war with each other." (Back cover of book) It focuses on young wizard Kit Stixby, the son of the witch doctor to Queen Victoria herself.
Kit practicing with his wizard powers entertains himself by turning spoons into frogs, riding his flying carpet at night to meet his friends and throwing soot bombs down people's chimneys with them. That is until his best friend, Henry, the queen's favorite grandchild, is bitten by a werewolf. And things just go down from there. His father loses his job and Kit is sent to live with his Aunt.
Plus, there is Stafford Sparks, "royal superintendent of scientific progress". The evil plan that he has will let him control all of England and the entire world right after. And Kit is the only one who can stop him.
This is a great book! I loved it. This is a must read! You got to read it. A great summer pick for ages 10-12. I really recommend it. Reviewed By Tiger
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