Half Magic

Edward Eager N.M. Bodecker Jack Gantos

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Half Magic By Edward Eager N.M. Bodecker Jack Gantos Half Magic It all begins with a strange coin on a sun warmed sidewalk Jane finds the coin and becasue she and her sblings are having the worst most dreadfully boring summer ever she idly wishes something exci

  • Title: Half Magic
  • Author: Edward Eager N.M. Bodecker Jack Gantos
  • ISBN: 9780152053024
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Half Magic By Edward Eager N.M. Bodecker Jack Gantos It all begins with a strange coin on a sun warmed sidewalk Jane finds the coin, and becasue she and her sblings are having the worst, most dreadfully boring summer ever, she idly wishes something exciting would happen And something does Her wish is granted Or not quite Only half of her wish comes true It turns out the coin grants wishes but only bIt all begins with a strange coin on a sun warmed sidewalk Jane finds the coin, and becasue she and her sblings are having the worst, most dreadfully boring summer ever, she idly wishes something exciting would happen And something does Her wish is granted Or not quite Only half of her wish comes true It turns out the coin grants wishes but only by half, so that you must wish for twice as much as you want Wishing for two times some things is a cinch, but other doubled wishes only cause twice as much trouble What is half of twice a talking cat Or to be half again twice not here And how do you double your most heartfelt wish, the one you care about so much it has to be perfect
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    1. Melody on said:

      Would you believe I grew up in Toledo, Ohio and never noticed while reading and re reading this that it was set in my hometown It s true I don t know if I just figured ALL books were set there, and that s why the street names were so familiar or if I was just extraordinarily clueless I figured it out finally when I was reading this to my son It seems worth talking about in view of how worried people sometimes get about kids getting the wrong message from books sometimes kids don t even notice th [...]

    2. Manny on said:

      It seems a shame, said Jane, that no one s going to know about our adventures They would make such a good book If only we could write them down But how would we do that asked Mark We re just kids Oh Wait You don t mean I certainly do said Jane We just have to wish for it, and the Charm will take care of the rest But we need to wish very carefully Now, what kind of book do we want it to be I want it to be like one of E Nesbit s books said Katherine Though if the Charm makes the book like one of h [...]

    3. Connie on said:

      Mostly, I love this book I liked it as a kid except for that caveat I ll get to in a minute I like it now, as a grown up The story is interesting and engaging The trouble the kids get themselves into is believable well, for a fantasy novel , and I like their solutions The problem of having to double all your wishes is interesting to me The only thing isThe only thing is that a whole chapter is taken up with a trip to a desert, where the children run across an evil, wicked, terrible Arab man Even [...]

    4. Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore on said:

      Four children Jane, Katherine, Mark, and Martha come upon a magic charm Only it makes just half of what you wish true The children realise this soon enough and word their wishes so that they can get all of what they want, and start off on a set of exciting adventures which take them to different places and times But while their wishes do come true, they find that the outcome may not be quite what they were looking for, and they are not always in the right frame of mind to make a carefully worded [...]

    5. Meg Cabot on said:

      Edward Eager s Half Magic was 1 of my favorite comfort books as a kid and I can still quote from it.

    6. Jesse on said:

      Summertime belongs to childhood The grown up version, with BBQs and yard work, can t compare to the long, long days spent exploring and digging in the dirt.Now, I m a winter girl, through and through, but when the lightning bugs start to rise up out of the grass, I start to ache for the summers from when I was little Unfortunately, all the kids who used to comeoutandplay have moved on, and I ve been trying to eat less dirt, so I was at a loss for a way to revisit my summers.Then I remembered Edw [...]

    7. colleen on said:

      oh, one of my all time favorites i LOVE when they wish the cat could talk and since it is half magic, the cat s every other word is meow i bought this and the rest of the series for my niece for christmas a couple of years ago, and i can t wait until my daughters are old enough to read it.

    8. Spencer on said:

      I read the first 2 chapters a day or two ago and was intrigued Today I picked it up again and read the third chapter It had me laughing out loud So, I finished it today.This is, apparently, a children s book Back in the day, children were considerably well read They would have had to be, otherwise they would miss the multitude of references to other works of literature For example there is the part that goes something like this not quoting verbatim, but it goes something generally like this Thi [...]

    9. Hafsa Sabira on said:

      The novel is about four siblings finding a magic coin which can grant their wishes,but only half of it However,having a magic in life isn t that easy and the wishes must be carefully uttered,otherwise the summer adventures will turn into than just adventures Gradually the siblings have to learn to control the magic in their lives while the magic will transform them too.The book has this The Little Peppers and The Little Women vibe in the narrative Not a fan of such writing style but this book i [...]

    10. sj on said:

      Originally posted here as part of the 30 Day Book Challenge.This one is easy The Book That Made Me Fall In Love With Reading I don t even know what to say about this book If you haven t read it, you should If you have younger children, read it to them.Half Magic was written in the 50s about a family living in the 20s, so of course it s dated, but it s still as full of charm as ever As an adult I catch little literary references that I missed when I was young, and that adds to my love of this boo [...]

    11. Jackie "the Librarian" on said:

      Five children find a silver medallion, and discover that it grants wishes but only half way Hilarity ensues My favorite part is when they idly wish the cat could talk And then, it sort of CAN talk, in kitty fashion Hee This is my favorite book by Eager, with lots of wit and humor A classic of children s literature, but not in a stuffy way.

    12. Chris on said:

      Over the weekend, I read a lovely feature in Rain Taxi on Edward Eager s Magic series, which inspired me to start rereading them in ebook from my local library system I m finding ebook to be an excellent format for these, because it means I ll actually look up definitions and Eager wasn t afraid of flexing his vocabulary.

    13. (F.O.P.) Friend of Pixie on said:

      Listened to this on CD on a trip and Logan loved it This is the first of Eager s magic books He was a great fan of E Nesbit and his books pay homage to her A group of siblings finds a coin that grants wishes, but they realize quickly that they only get half what they wish for Of course, even when they figure that out, it s still true that that wishes often don t turn out quite the way you planned Some sexism, as it was written in the 50 s about the 20 s, but other than that, nice family entertai [...]

    14. Melissa on said:

      Reading this aloud to Beanie 7 yrs She adores it, as did her sisters before her Eager cracks me up very wry humor and realistic characterizations in a fantasy where unlikely events are occurring It s a delicious combination.Written in the spirit of E Nesbit s books, this is the tale of four siblings who find a magical charm that grants wishes sort of It only grants half a wish, which causes all sorts of confusion and misadventure.

    15. Blake on said:

      I was excited to read Half Magic because I thought it was a pretty cool idea for a book that these children receive magical powers but the magic only half works While the kids end up on some neat adventures and the book does have some funny moments, overall it didn t really live up to my hopes Part of it was that I didn t think the way the half magic played out was all that cool like when Jane is so mad that she wishes there was a fire weird to begin with and a fire comes, but only it s only big [...]

    16. Lisa Vegan on said:

      Loved this book in elementary school This is my favorite book in the series and the one I remember best also I love the half magic concept Charming adventure story Like the kids Love the magic, especially the way it works in this book Really imaginative.

    17. Dacko on said:

      Mnogo sam volela ovu knjigu kao klinka, a jednako se dopala i mom sinu Brza, uzbudljiva, duhovita i nadasve podsticajna za samostalne ma tarije italaca etvoro dece nalazi nov i koji ispunjava elje, ali samo polovi no, uz pomo te polu arolije do ive razne avanture i usput prihvate promenu u sopstvenoj porodici.

    18. Bart Everson on said:

      One of those rare children s books that not only lives up to one s memories from childhood, but actually improves with age There are a lot of literary allusions that I m sure I didn t get as a child, and the period details are intriguing than ever.This book was written in the 1950s but set in the 1920s, in Toledo, Ohio Thus, the time depicted is nearly a century ago, in the days of streetcars, sleeping porches, silent movies and Flinch a card game It s suffused with a subtle nostalgia that is n [...]

    19. Donald on said:

      Edward Eager was my very first favorite author I remember reading Half Magic and feeling a light turn on in my mind my imagination was stimulated like never before This is the first of a series of magical adventures involving two sets of children, who are intertwined biologically and magically in Eager s later book The Time Garden, the children of the characters in this book and Magic By The Lake would be saved by their own future children Basically, this is the story of four children, in 1920s [...]

    20. ABC on said:

      This is about four siblings who find a magic charm that can fulfill wishes There is a part about an Arab He is supposed to be a not very nice guy I felt I had to address this in my review I did not like the way he was portrayed, yet at the same time we have to remember that this was written in the nineteen fifties It is unfortunate that this chapter is part of the book, but oh well Other than that I thought it was a cute book I did like how this book refers to other famous books, particularly Ne [...]

    21. quinnster on said:

      When I was a child I read a book from the library I sat and read in my room from cover to cover and when I got to the end I distinctly remember feeling as if I had just woken up from a dream I was so engrossed in the story I felt like I had been with the children on their adventures and I was so sad it was over.But it wasn t It was only the beginning I spent the rest of my life like a drug addict searching for that same great high and it has been the best adventure ever All thanks to Edward Eage [...]

    22. Marianne on said:

      Half Magic is a story about some kids who are having a very boring summer That changes when they find a strange coin that gives you wishes you ask for But soon they discover it gives them half only half what they ask for So they have to ask for two x what they want A great book to read any day

    23. Jessica on said:

      A delightful old fashioned adventure Reminded me of an E Nesbit book Both the feel of family drama as well as magic, I m shocked that I haven t read Edward Eager before now As a kid I would have been all over this book As an adult I m excited to read

    24. Cruth on said:

      Author Edward EagerIllustrator N M BodeckerFirst Published 1954Introduction by Jack Gantos, April 2004I am continually surprised at how engaged my 7yo becomes with older books Here I am thinking the style and vocabulary, the settings and character expectations will fail to embrace her, and yet these are the books we both want just one chapter.Sure, there are some fabulous contemporary books we love.But it is her willingness to breathe the classics which makes sharing them with her a privilege.W [...]

    25. Jesse Bornemann on said:

      Anytime I visit a bookstore, I spend a good 15 minutes browsing the children s section More often than not, I succumb to nostalgia and a hot wallet and buy a title I remember fondly On reckless days, I wind up carrying away something like Baby sitters on Board Super Special 1 I can t say I m particularly proud of those days, but sometimes a girl just needs a fix Then, other afternoons, I take my time and select a classic I ve almost forgotten I never have a great recollection of these books I on [...]

    26. Elizabeth on said:

      I loved this book as a kid, and I m glad I came across it again now It s a really nice book there isn t the meanness that happens in some kid stories okay, I guess I m still traumatized from our reading of Matilda I didn t have to explain anything too major or serious to Adriana The kids are kind to one another and not particularly obnoxious I was pleased by what came across to me as the benign neglect of parenting in the 1950s the kids mother works and there is a housekeeper who is something of [...]

    27. Becky on said:

      I enjoyed discovering Edward Eager s Half Magic I had heard wonderful things about it, and I was not disappointed Half Magic begins simply It began one day in summer about thirty years ago, and it happened to four children Jane was the oldest and Mark was the only boy, and between them they ran everything Katherine was the middle girl, of docile disposition and a comfort to her motherMartha was the youngest, and very difficult One day, Jane is given what she thinks is a nickel she makes a wish a [...]

    28. Kaethe on said:

      Half Magic Edward Eager, N M Bodecker Illustrator I know Eager was deliberately trying to recreate late Victorian children s books of the Five Children and It school And I totally get why he would want to do that to bring the magic story up enough to be plausible to a new generation of readers who do not summer in the country And who aren t British Admirable goals But what I don t understand is why he didn t set his book in a contemporary period It s not explicit, but this is set rather earlier [...]

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