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Half Magic Audio CD – Audiobook, 13 May 2008

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Listening Library; Unabridged edition (13 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739365177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739365175
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.5 x 14.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,142,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Half Magic "is a funny, charming, timeless book, as much a pleasure to read to a child now as it was forty years ago. Those who had it read to them then may even have an obligation to pass on the pleasure. "The New York Times Book Review" * "Ingenious make-believe. . . . Satisfying variety, surprise, and laughter. . . . A book children will want to read at one sitting." "Library Journal, " starred review" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

EDWARD EAGER(1911 1964) worked primarily as a playwright and lyricist. It wasn't until 1951, while searching for books to read to his young son, Fritz, that he began writing children's stories. His classic Tales of Magic series started with the best-selling "Half Magic, "published in 1954. In each of his books he carefully acknowledges his indebtedness to E. Nesbit, whom he considered the best children's writer of all time "so that any child who likes my books and doesn't know hers may be led back to the master of us all."

Jack Gantos is the celebrated author of Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor Book. He is also the author of the popular picture books about Rotten Ralph, and Jack's Black Book, the latest in his acclaimed series of semi-autobiographical story collections featuring his alter ego, Jack Henry. Mr. Gantos lives with his wife and daughter in Boston, Massachusetts. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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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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I appreciate the warm fuzzy reviews that wax nostalgic about the reviewers' own childhood reading. But you have to be careful, because a lot of books are remembered better than they are read.

Well, the good news is that this book has held up to the test of time pretty well. That is especially so because a number of current books with fantasy/magical elements are just too easy. I don't mean too easy to read, I mean the use of magic is too easy. There are helpful faeries, or mystical swords, or magic gems, or obvious clues, or know-it-all wizards, every few pages. But here, the kids have to figure out how the magic coin works, figure out how to do half-magic wishes, and figure out how to handle the consequences. The book is entertaining, with great characters, but is also like a big puzzle that has to be solved bit by bit. A nice change of pace and pretty demanding given the age group it's aimed at. Certainly worth consideration as you build your kid library.
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By A Customer on 1 Jun. 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
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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Format: Paperback
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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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 read this book many times when I was a child (until it literally fell apart), and was delighted to find it available again now. It's intelligent, funny and well-written, full of phrases that have stayed with me over the years about cats, wishing, and the relationships between children and adults. Recommended for anyone over 7 or 8ish, but can be read and enjoyed by older children too.
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Perhaps my second childhood has now begun as I re-read this favourite on my 44th birthday, about four children who find a magic coin that grants their wishes in an odd way. Huge chunks of dialogue and whole scenes had imprinted themselves on my memory. Still enjoyable.
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This was my favourite book as a very young reader in the 50's. I read and re-read it so many times, but always had to borrow it from the library. I remember the hardback shiny, bumpy cover, black with little white stars.. At last I can have my own copy
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