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Merlin: The Magic Begins (Merlin (younger readers)) [Paperback]

Jacqueline Rayner , Dave Smith
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

3 Sep 2009 Merlin (younger readers) (Book 1)

Merlin arrives in Camelot full of excitement and eager for adventure. But sorcery is outlawed in Camelot and so he must learn to hide his own unique magical talents.

When a mysterious new knight arrives for the sword tournament, Merlin suspects that dark magic is afoot. He's determined to investigate, but soon finds that keeping the magic secret - and Prince Arthur alive - is much harder than he thought...



Product details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Children (3 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553821113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553821116
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jacqueline Rayner is happy to write thousands upon thousands of words of fiction, but has just spent over an hour trying to think of something to say about herself for this biography. She has written books about Doctor Who, Merlin and other TV series, and even some books that aren't connected to TV series at all. She lives in Essex with her husband and twin sons, and spends a lot of time thinking of ways to raise money for http://letsdoitforme.blogspot.com/

About Quick Reads:

"I've been lucky enough to write two Quick Reads, Doctor Who: The Sontaran Games in 2009 and Doctor Who: Magic of the Angels in 2012. Quick Reads is a wonderful initiative providing short, easy-to-read books for people who struggle to find the time for longer works or find them daunting. They aim to open up the world of words for those who've forgotten or never knew how much fun reading can be.

"I have a special reason to love Quick Reads. A few years ago, during a particularly bad bout of ill health, I found myself too unwell to read. This lasted for several months, and as someone who has spent almost every spare second reading for as long as I can remember, it was incredibly frustrating. Then one day my husband came home with a copy of Chickenfeed, a Quick Read by one of my favourite authors, Minette Walters. Slowly, page by page in my sick bed, I managed to get through it. The realisation that reading wasn't lost to me after all is something I'll always be grateful to Quick Reads for."

Product Description

Book Description

These great new novels for younger readers bring all the magic and excitement of the TV episodes to the printed page, with a graphic novel element to really bring the text to life! Each book covers 2 TV episodes.

From the Back Cover

Merlin arrives in Camelot full of excitement and eager for adventure. But sorcery is outlawed here and so he must learn to hide his own magical talents.

When a mysterious new knight turns up for the sword tournament, Merlin suspects that dark magic is involved. He's determined to investigate, but soon finds that keeping the magic secret - and prince Arthur alive - is much harder than he thought . . .

Bringing the magic to life with exciting graphic novel illustrations!


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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read!! 13 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
I bought this book for my 8 year old daughter who loves the BBC series, she devoured this book and begged for another! Amazing for a girl who thinks reading is "boring, boring, boring". She now has read it twice in one week. I'm off to the checkout!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 9 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
very well described and true to the tv episode really gives a feel for the animosity between Arthur and Merlin at the beginning*****
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5.0 out of 5 stars MERLIN 4 Jun 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
FANTASTIC BOOK WOULD ADVISE ENTONE WHO LOVES THE SERIES MERLIN TO GET THE BOOK AND READ IT JUST GREAT A
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3.0 out of 5 stars For Ages 5-7 11 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My 10-year-old read some other books in this series and really enjoyed them, so I tried to find more. However, this one has much larger print, illustrations, and is a much easier level than the others, so is more appropriate for 5-7 years. It would have been helpful to have had an age level rather than the ambiguous "younger readers," as the snippet of text you can see in the "Look Inside" preview is misleading: the text you see in the preview actually takes up a full five pages in the printed edition.

The story is good, though, and written well enough to keep the attention of young children, especially if they have seen the TV series. The vocabulary is challenging for this age group, but not too difficult, and the sentence structure well rendered for the formation of avid readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Next please! 31 Jan 2012
By Sheila
Format:Paperback
I agree with Bookworm: bought this book for my 8 year old son for whom his 10 minute reading prep is usually a chore. He devoured this book, eagerly picking it up each day and happily discussing it with his teacher the next. I also liked the fact that the language was not too simple, there were several words he had to really work at pronouncing and others he had to ask the meaning. Perfect mixture for a young reader!
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