Henry Goodwin, aged ten, ends up in several magical situations during his summer holiday. This book has less action than some of today's popular children's fiction. Henry does take action at camp, on a family trip, and in an emergency situation with a neighbor, but there are no swords or fighting in this book. It has plenty of thinking action with Henry trying to figure out what to do. The magic of this book is somewhat refreshing because it does not involve spells or magic wands. It is more of an investigation into the magical mystery of legends. This is a refreshing book and short enough for an adult to complete in one afternoon sitting. Children might take two or three sittings to complete.