Half Magic

Half Magic

eBook - 1999
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Jul 22, 2019

My childhood favorite. A timeless, delightful tale.

JCLTamiT Jan 19, 2017

Fun adventure in the style of Edith Nesbit. I really enjoyed it, and look forward to reading the next in the series.

Nov 21, 2016

This is a great read aloud book. Well written and funny. Lots of magic without the overwhelming darkness of some newer books.
My seven year old is loving them.

ArapahoeAmanda Jul 25, 2016

This was my favorite book as a kid, I loved it so much I read it over and over. It took me away to its fantasy world throughout the whole story.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

"Half Magic" is an amusing and heartwarming story about four siblings who find a magic coin that seems to grant the children only half of what they ask for. A perfect book for kids who love magic and make believe.

Sep 28, 2015

Half Magic is a story about 4 like-able, ordinary siblings (ages ~ 12-6) who find a coin that grants wishes. They take separate turns wishing on the coin, to wish for that kid's "heart's desire." Then that ONE kid uses the coin to wish corrections to their resulting shared adventure. Wishing is tricky (dangerous?).
My granddaughter and I liked watching the 4 kids discuss how to fix unexpected glitches.

The book has 8 long chapters -- one wish-adventure per chapter. I liked reading one adventure per evening, allowing time for its ideas to percolate in our heads during the next day.
The book leads to a "heart's desire" ending for the entire family.
Next, we'll read Magic by the Lake, where the same 4 kids encounter a different kind of magic, that has different rules.

Chris__B Apr 16, 2015

I read this book as a child, in about grade 5, and I so wished I could have a summer just like the children in this book did. Such a fun adventure, finding magic that doesn't quite work. I think kids today will still enjoy the twists and magic in this classic story.

Sep 05, 2014

I remember reading this in second grade. As soon as i saw the title again, i remembered the whimsical story that inspired me again and again through-out my childhood. Half-Magic is one of the most original fantasy books i have ever read, with lots of authentic characters and ideas. I love this book, and i will always treasure it.

RainbowGoldfish May 25, 2013

This book was ok but I think it was boring.

Jul 10, 2012

A quirky, magical tale of many awesome but odd events that keep you wanting more. I am 14 and I still enjoy it!

Donnalee Smith May 23, 2012

I loved this book when I was a child and I am thrilled that my children still loved this book today. It is just as funny, just as magical and the characters are just as amusing as when it was first written. It's hard to pick a favourite part, but the cat trying to talk would definitely be one of them. I'm so glad this book is still around. My boys, aged 9 and 11, really enjoyed it.

Feb 19, 2012

I loved this book because it was magical and exciting. There was a twist in almost every chapter!

Jul 21, 2011

It's really good. My favorite part was when they wished their mother was a bare-backed horse rider at the circus. (from Caroline, age 8)

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