Magic


Predictable plot fails to impress
Jennifer Minicus | Jul 20 2016 | comment  
Young queen communicates with the dead.

Feminists accuse author of mysogyny
Jane Fagan | Jun 17 2015 | comment  
Roald Dahl claimed that all witches are women.

Imaginative book for mature readers to be released this month
Jane Fagan | Aug 11 2014 | comment  
A story of quest and fantasy.

Newbery runner-up bewitches readers
Jennifer Minicus | May 13 2014 | comment  
An extremely well-written Victorian Gothic novel.

Engaging characters bring this story to life
Tim Golden | Nov 15 2013 | comment  
Three youngsters help each other in their overlapping problems.

Witches, Wizards and Magical Children
Tim Golden | Jun 28 2013 | comment  
When a party of High Witches arrives on Earth,

The Book Tolkien Wanted to Publish After The Hobbit
Jennifer Minicus | Jun 12 2013 | comment  
In 1925, J.R.R. Tolkien's four-year-old son lost his beloved toy dog on the beach. To console him, Tolkien wrote a story about Rover, a dog who is magically transformed into a toy.

The Silver Nutmeg
Jennifer Minicus | Mar 15 2013 | comment  
Some books beg to be read aloud.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Jennifer Minicus | Jan 7 2013 | comment  
An engaging story about true happiness.

Spindle’s End
Tim Golden | Dec 20 2012 | comment  
A modern retelling of an old fairy tale for young adults.

The Trumpeter of Krakow
Jennifer Minicus | Nov 17 2012 | comment  
Everyone admires a young, courageous hero.

Beginning Readers
Jennifer Minicus | Aug 26 2012 | comment  
Parents of avid young readers often ask me for new titles of basic chapter books.

The Pure Dead Series
Tim Golden | Jul 27 2012 | comment  
Imagine the Simpsons crossed with the Addams Family.

The 100 Cupboards Series
Jennifer Minicus | Jul 15 2012 | comment  
I do not usually enjoy creepy stories, but

Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms
Jennifer Minicus | Jun 12 2012 | comment  
Stuart anticipates a boring summer, but is in for a big surprise.

The Magician’s House Quartet Series
Tim Golden | Dec 15 2011 | comment  
William, Mary and Alice spend their holidays at Golden House.

The House on Falling Star Hill
Tim Golden | Jun 19 2011 | comment  
This lightweight fantasy novel would make good summer reading.

The Harry Potter Series
Tim Golden | Apr 27 2011 | comment  
Tim Golden weighs in on this exceptionally popular series.

The Silver Blade
Clare Cannon | Jul 6 2010 | comment  
Historical fantasy set in the French Revolution.

The Magician’s Elephant
Jennifer Minicus | Jun 29 2010 | comment  
An orphaned boy searches for his lost sister with the help of a mysterious elephant.

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