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I love this story. Four children (one brother and three sisters) find a magic coin. They don't initially understand the coin's special properties or how to use it without causing unwanted mayhem — since only half of a wish comes true when wished in the coin's presence. Follow the adventures that the children have once they figure out how to use their coin.
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Publisher Comments:

Edward Eager's hilarious and heartwarming Half Magic has been working wizardry on young readers for fifty years. To celebrate the golden anniversary of this enduringly popular story, a deluxe edition of the book has been created. It features the original jacket, a ribbon marker, two-color printing, and a new introduction by Jack Gantos, the award-winning author of Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key.

Review:

"Fans of Half Magic by Edward Eager, illus. by N.M. Bodecker, can rejoin Jane, Mark, Katharine and Martha and their magical wish-granting coin in celebration of a half-century of Half Magic. This 50th-anniversary edition features a special green ribbon place-marker that matches the enchanting green-ink drawings." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"This old-fashioned story will be enjoyed by today's young readers. Kids have always loved magic and make-believe and this book gives them a chance to experience both." Children's Literature

Review:

"Jane finds a magic charm which grants half of any wish, and her brother and sisters take turns making double wishes, leading to strange happenings — which leads Jane to make a last wish." Library Jounral

Synopsis:

Half Magic is half-a-century old--and as much antic fun as ever!

Synopsis:

It all begins with a strange coin on a sun-warmed sidewalk.

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Jane finds the coin, and becasue she and her sblings are having the worst, most dreadfully boring summer ever, she idly wishes something exciting would happen.

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; And something does: Her wish is granted.

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Or not quite. Only half of her wish comes true.

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; It turns out the coin grants wishesandmdash;but only by half, so that you must wish for twice as much as you want.

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Wishing for two times some things is a cinch, but other doubled wishes only cause twice as much trouble. What is half of twice a talking cat? Or to be half-again twice not-here? And how do you double your most heartfelt wish, the one you care about so much it has to be perfect?

Synopsis:

Since Half Magic first hit bookshelves in 1954, Edward Eagerand#8217;s tales of magic have become beloved classics. Now four cherished stories by Edward Eager about vacationing cousins who stumble into magical doings and whimsical adventures are available in updated hardcover and paperback formats. The original lively illustrations by N. M. Bodecker have been retained, but eye-catching new cover art by Kate Greenaway Medalist Quentin Blake gives these classics a fresh, contemporary look for a whole new generation.

About the Author

Edward Eager (1911-1964) worked primarily as a playwright and lyricist. It wasn't until 1951, while searching for books to read to his young son, that he began writing children's stories.

Table of Contents

Contents

HOW IT BEGAN 3

WHAT HAPPENED TO THEIR MOTHER 21

WHAT HAPPENED TO MARK 35

WHAT HAPPENED TO KATHARINE 68

WHAT HAPPENED TO MARTHA 109

WHAT HAPPENED TO JANE 139

HOW IT ENDED 177

HOW IT BEGAN AGAIN 206

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lunalover, November 20, 2007 (view all comments by lunalover)
i really enjoyed the bbok andcan't wait to get the new edition. the start of it really pulled me in and i couldn't wait to read more of it. i highly recomend it to anyone wanting to get a way for a while.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780152053024
Subtitle:
Fiftieth-Anniversary Edition
Author:
Edward Eager and N. M. Bodecker
Introduction by:
Gantos, Jack
Introduction:
Gantos, Jack
Introduction:
Bodecker, N. M.
Illustrator:
Bodecker, N. M.
Author:
Eager, Edward
Author:
Gantos, Jack
Author:
Bodecker, N. M.
Publisher:
HMH Books for Young Readers
Location:
Orlando, Fla.
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Wishes
Subject:
Space and time
Subject:
Children s All Ages - Fiction - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Number:
50
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Tales of Magic
Series Volume:
dai 28-shåu.
Publication Date:
20041001
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 3 to 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Two-color illustrations
Pages:
217
Dimensions:
8.00 x 5.25 in
Age Level:
08-UP

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Product details 217 pages Harcourt - English 9780152053024 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

I love this story. Four children (one brother and three sisters) find a magic coin. They don't initially understand the coin's special properties or how to use it without causing unwanted mayhem — since only half of a wish comes true when wished in the coin's presence. Follow the adventures that the children have once they figure out how to use their coin.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Fans of Half Magic by Edward Eager, illus. by N.M. Bodecker, can rejoin Jane, Mark, Katharine and Martha and their magical wish-granting coin in celebration of a half-century of Half Magic. This 50th-anniversary edition features a special green ribbon place-marker that matches the enchanting green-ink drawings." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "This old-fashioned story will be enjoyed by today's young readers. Kids have always loved magic and make-believe and this book gives them a chance to experience both."
"Review" by , "Jane finds a magic charm which grants half of any wish, and her brother and sisters take turns making double wishes, leading to strange happenings — which leads Jane to make a last wish."
"Synopsis" by ,
Half Magic is half-a-century old--and as much antic fun as ever!

"Synopsis" by ,
It all begins with a strange coin on a sun-warmed sidewalk.

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Jane finds the coin, and becasue she and her sblings are having the worst, most dreadfully boring summer ever, she idly wishes something exciting would happen.

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; And something does: Her wish is granted.

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Or not quite. Only half of her wish comes true.

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; It turns out the coin grants wishesandmdash;but only by half, so that you must wish for twice as much as you want.

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Wishing for two times some things is a cinch, but other doubled wishes only cause twice as much trouble. What is half of twice a talking cat? Or to be half-again twice not-here? And how do you double your most heartfelt wish, the one you care about so much it has to be perfect?

"Synopsis" by ,
Since Half Magic first hit bookshelves in 1954, Edward Eagerand#8217;s tales of magic have become beloved classics. Now four cherished stories by Edward Eager about vacationing cousins who stumble into magical doings and whimsical adventures are available in updated hardcover and paperback formats. The original lively illustrations by N. M. Bodecker have been retained, but eye-catching new cover art by Kate Greenaway Medalist Quentin Blake gives these classics a fresh, contemporary look for a whole new generation.

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