This is Edward Eager's sequel to Magic Or Not. In The Well Wishers Laura, James, Deborah, Lydia, and Kip are joined by Gordy, a misfit who, unusually for Edward Eager, isn't particularly intelligent and definitely hates to read. Eager continues the equivocation over whether the magic is real or not that he started in Magic Or Not, making this book, like its predecessor, a bit less sparkling than Eager's other works. Nevertheless, there are many fine features to The Well Wishers. Each child gets a chapter to express his or her own point of view on the adventures, and Eager's trademark multitudinous literary and historical references continue. Additionally, there is some gentle but thought provoking commentary on the world of the late 1950s and the early 1960s which might elude many of the children who read it, but will appeal to discerning adults looking for quality reading for the young. And, like all of Eager's works, those adults who come back to them after first reading them as children will recognize with pleasure that they are as funny and fresh as we remember them.