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Half Magic by Edward Eager
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Half Magic (1954)

by Edward Eager

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Four children looking forward to an ordinary summer enjoy a series of fantastic adventures by double-wishing on an ancient coin.
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This is a good fantasy book for elementary school age readers. It is an easy read and even though it is all about the adventures that the children wish for it has a twist to it that most early readers will not be expecting. The main characters travel back, and have adventures in the present because of their wishes, and they learn to be more careful about their wishes and they become closer as a family through their adventures.
  BurgessMeredith | Jun 28, 2018 |
There are lots of stories (though perhaps not as many when this was written) about the need to wish carefully, and the problems that can arise from careless wishes. This is a clever take on that theme. Instead of any sort of malevolent magic item, or rules of magic against self gain, this magic token grants half a wish. It was written in 1954, and set thirty years earlier. The children are well-meaning, but get into trouble with careless wishes. ( )
  Tarawyn | Nov 11, 2017 |
young reader, fiction, fantasy, magic
  esterlibrarian | Jul 25, 2017 |
Jane finds a coin, which she soon discovers is a magic talisman that will grant you exactly half of any wish you make. She and her three siblings anticipate a summer of wonders, but it gets complicated. (What is exactly half of "I wish I didn't have to learn fractions next year?")
They have a variety of humorous adventures.
Quite in line with Nesbitt's "Five Children and It." ( )
  fingerpost | Jul 23, 2017 |
The language and mannerisms of the children makes it feel dated, like Nancy Drew. Kids in this world will exclaim things like "Golly gee!" and call their mom "Mother". (Oh brother.) The gimmick of the magic happening in halves was interesting, but it soon felt tedious when everybody had to specify "twice as much" or "double" every time they made an utterance. It's like that movie Bedazzled where, if you aren't careful about making your wish air-tight, the devil will find a loophole in which to screw you over. Same in the book, since everything also had to be carefully worded, by the end, the children's wishes were reading like clauses of legalese. If anything this book's moral is "It's all fun and games until Murphy's Law kicks in, and it will kick you HARD". ( )
  mrsrobin | Jun 24, 2017 |
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Edward Eagerprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bodecker, N.M.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Quentin BlakeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It began one day in summer about thirty years ago, and it happened to four children.
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"It's that nickel I found, only it isn't a nickel! It's a magic charm and it does things by halves! So far we've each go half of what we wished for - all we have to do from now on is ask for twice as much as we really want! You see?"
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Four young children living with their single mother in the 1920s discover a magic coin that grants exactly half of whatever they wish for.
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