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Half Magic (Edward Eager's Tales of Magic) Hardcover – 31 Mar 1999


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Publishers Group (Australia) Pty.Ltd; New edition edition (31 Mar. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152020691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152020699
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 610,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edward Eager has been delighting young readers for more than 40 years with stories that mix magic and reality. Half Magic, the most popular of his tales about four children who encounter magical coins, time-travel herb gardens, and other unlikely devices, is a warm, funny, original adventure. The "Half Magic" of the title refers to a coin that the children find. Through a comical series of coincidences, they discover that the coin is magic. Well, it's not totally magic--it's only (you guessed it) half magic. That means there's a certain logic to the wishes one must make to generate a desired outcome. Imagine the results emerging from inaccurate efforts: "half" invisible, "half" rescued, "half" everything! Half Magic is never too cute, and with just enough emotion to complement the magic, this classic is sure to hold a special place in any child's library. If you love Half Magic, its sequels Knight's Castle, The Time Garden, and Magic by the Lake have also been reissued in lovely hardcover editions, complete with N.M. Bodecker's original illustrations and covers by Quentin Blake. (Ages 8 to 12) --Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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The moral may be that wishes need to be handled with care, but Eager weaves his story with such a fluent sense of fun that it slips in easily. (The Guardian - March 2001 ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mini_chick on 24 July 2003
Format: Paperback
I have a bookworm for a 7 year old daughter and this was one of the books we took away on holiday. Her thoughts on it are: "It was exciting because it was full of all kinds of adventures. Some were funny, some were silly and some made me think uh-oh! I liked it a lot and it was quite quick to read" She must have liked it a great deal as she read it two more times on the beach and she's asked for more by the same author. If you want some quiet time with your child reading a book I’d recommend this one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Jun. 1999
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It's amazing--I first found this wonder as a 10 yr girl growing up on an American post (in Germany)--in the earlie 80's.. I have been searching now for 2 year to remember the author's name. After a good search of never quite knowing I have "somehow" find the book in a antique store or roadside peddler. In the first instant, I am blown away as this magic one again begins to unfold.
I have once again become aware of the magic around me!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE on 22 Mar. 2006
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Edward Eager's books provide the imaginative spark lacking in many heavily promoted children's books published in recent times. In each of his "magic" stories, unusual things happen to ordinary children, and in this story, it is the discovery of a magical coin that leads four children to the best summer of their lives.
As the title implies, the coin grants wishes, but only half of what you wish comes true. The children discover this the hard way, and learn how to make the most of their find through trial and error. This chronicle of their adventures will spark the imagination of young readers, and for adult readers, there are many literary allusions and humorous situations.
This may have been written in the 1950's, but it remains fresh and imaginative today.
Amanda Richards
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Nov. 1999
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Born and raised in England, transplated to the USA in my 20s I am looking for all the books I loved as a child. This was always one of my favourites, I read it many times. This is a true adventure with no pesky adults telling the children what to do. Exciting and unexpected. I always remember their bedroom with the swing.....
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I'm sure my granddaughters will love this. I can't wait to have bedtime reading with them and kiss them goodnight!
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By Jaynie Evans on 15 Feb. 2014
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the book is fascinating and very different - makes the older
child think - maybe I'll wait a bit to give to my 9 year old, but I'm enjoying it!
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