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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic children's fantasy set in Edwardian London, 10 Jun 1999
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This review is from: The Story of the Amulet (Puffin Classics) (Paperback)
E. Nesbit completed her best known trilogy of fantasy books with The story of the Amulet. It returns us to the lives of the brothers and sisters we met in Five Children and It and The Phoenix and the Carpet. But the tone is darker and the freedom from adult observation is due to lonelyness rather than holiday freedoms, as was the case in the earlier novels. The children's parents are in danger of their life, and they find themselves faced with the chance to help when they meet the iracible Psammiad again. It leads them to a time travelling amulet, which might have the power to grant them their hearts desire.
Much of the charm of this book comes from the realism of the children's characters. No matter that they dress in the plus fours and petticoats of the Edwardian age, their bickering and wonder in the face of magical events makes them timeless.
A marvelous book, and a farewell to a familier group of children hovering on the verge of adulthood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic, 14 Mar 2014
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This review is from: The Story of the Amulet (Puffin Classics) (Paperback)
I loved this as a child and my ten-year-old grandson loves it today. It's amazing how a story about children from the age of Victoria can still captivate modern kids. It's got magic, mystery, the Psammead ( the "It" from the first of this series, "Five Children and It"). It's a little more serious (and scary) than the first two in the series and is probably Nesbit's best children's book.
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The Story of the Amulet (Puffin Classics)
The Story of the Amulet (Puffin Classics) by E. Nesbit (Paperback - 28 Mar 1996)
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