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The Magic Half by Annie Barrows
The Magic Half

diotima, September 2, 2010

Luckily for us our daughter, aged 7, likes to read. So I've been looking for books for her over the last couple of years, checking out libraries, web sites, etc. She especially liked the Magic Treehouse books, so I bought her (over time) all of them (more than forty). She loved them, read several of them many times, and carried them around with her for some time. I've tried to get her to branch out, so I've bought her other books, too, including classics. She has probably read over a hundred books in the last year. We spent a month in Italy this summer, and before we went I bought twenty books, mostly Newberry award winners, and shipped them there so she would have some English language reading matter. She read them all.

We ran into Annie Barrows' books first through the Ivy and Bean series, of which my daughter read all in print. While looking for other Ivy and Bean books on the web, I saw a review of the Magic Half, and it sounded good, so I ordered it, too. Several months passed before my daughter got around to reading it. That was a few months ago.

The other night I asked her, what was her favorite book in the last year? I thought she would mention one of the Magic Treehouse books. Instead, she said, "The Magic Half." I was a little surprised, but decided to read it myself. (I'm her father, a grown man.)

I just finished it, and I feel stunned by the power of the story. It is first of all a thriller, and a real page turner. I couldn't put it down. But I was also moved by the sensitivity of its perceptions of the world and the depth of the nuances of the story. I think the author must be a truly remarkable person. I am also infinitely grateful that it portrays an 11-year old girl (a girl, above all) who is smart, courageous, bold, and caring, who does everything right and achieves a great victory. A great book.
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