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Publisher Comments:

Magic is just a way of setting things right...

Miri is the non-twin child in a family with two sets of them — older brothers and younger sisters. The family has just moved to an old farmhouse in a new town, where the only good thing seems to be Miri's ten-sided attic bedroom. But when Miri gets sent to her room after accidentally bashing her big brother on the head with a shovel, she finds herself in the same room...only not quite.

Without meaning to, she has found a way to travel back in time to 1935 where she discovers Molly, a girl her own age very much in need of a loving family. A highly satisfying classic-in-the-making full of spine-tingling moments, this is a delightful time-travel novel for the whole family.

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"Not only is 11-year-old Miri a middle child, but she's stuck between two sets of twins, neither of which will let Miri tag along as they explore the nooks and crannies of the family's new house. Good thing Miri has a wild imagination to keep her company and a powerful belief in magic, too. She needs both for this clever take on the through-the-looking-glass(es) adventure that Barrows (Ivy and Bean) spins for her. 'Magic is just a way of setting things right,' Miri learns after peering through an eyeglass she discovers in her room and then suddenly finding herself in the company of a girl who could almost be Miri's twin, except that the year is now 1935. Barrows limits the fantasy to the simple but effective time-travel device, using it sparingly as Miri bravely sets about making things right for her new friend — and eventually herself. Readers will savor the author's lively observations (thinking she is trapped in the past, Miri 'consider[s] the fact that several of her favorite books would not be published for seventy more years. 'Great.... When I'm in my eighties I'll find out what happens to Harry Potter' '), while the heroine's adaptability and independent thinking endow her with the appeal of a Ramona Quimby or a Clementine. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The time-traveling adventure from Ivy and Bean best-selling author, Annie Barrows, has a brand new look.

Synopsis:

Miri is the only single child in the middle of a family with two sets of twins--older brothers and younger sisters. When the family moves to an old farmhouse Miri accidentally travels back in time to 1935 only to discover Molly, a girl in need of a real family to call her own. A very satisfying classic-in-the-making, with spine-tingling moments, this is a delightful family-friendly middle grade time-slip novel.

About the Author

Annie Barrows has written many books for adults, but Ivy and Bean is her first series for kids. She lives in northern California with her husband and two daughters.

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diotima, September 2, 2010 (view all comments by diotima)
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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Product Details

ISBN:
9781599901329
Author:
Barrows, Annie
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Time travel
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
Social Issues/Physical & Emotional Abuse (see also Social Issues/Sexual Abuse)
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Edition Description:
Middle-Grade Fiction
Publication Date:
20140916
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 3 to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.25 x 4.75 in 1 lb
Age Level:
08-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Not only is 11-year-old Miri a middle child, but she's stuck between two sets of twins, neither of which will let Miri tag along as they explore the nooks and crannies of the family's new house. Good thing Miri has a wild imagination to keep her company and a powerful belief in magic, too. She needs both for this clever take on the through-the-looking-glass(es) adventure that Barrows (Ivy and Bean) spins for her. 'Magic is just a way of setting things right,' Miri learns after peering through an eyeglass she discovers in her room and then suddenly finding herself in the company of a girl who could almost be Miri's twin, except that the year is now 1935. Barrows limits the fantasy to the simple but effective time-travel device, using it sparingly as Miri bravely sets about making things right for her new friend — and eventually herself. Readers will savor the author's lively observations (thinking she is trapped in the past, Miri 'consider[s] the fact that several of her favorite books would not be published for seventy more years. 'Great.... When I'm in my eighties I'll find out what happens to Harry Potter' '), while the heroine's adaptability and independent thinking endow her with the appeal of a Ramona Quimby or a Clementine. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The time-traveling adventure from Ivy and Bean best-selling author, Annie Barrows, has a brand new look.
"Synopsis" by ,
Miri is the only single child in the middle of a family with two sets of twins--older brothers and younger sisters. When the family moves to an old farmhouse Miri accidentally travels back in time to 1935 only to discover Molly, a girl in need of a real family to call her own. A very satisfying classic-in-the-making, with spine-tingling moments, this is a delightful family-friendly middle grade time-slip novel.
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