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I would like to recommend the book Hatching Magic by Ann Downer. Its genre is fantasy. The beginning of the story takes place in thirteenth century England and switches to Boston, Massachusetts in the twenty-first century. This story tells of Theodora Oglethorpe and ...
I would like to recommend the book Hatching Magic by Ann Downer. Its genre is fantasy. The beginning of the story takes place in thirteenth century England and switches to Boston, Massachusetts in the twenty-first century. This story tells of Theodora Oglethorpe and a wizard named Gideon. Gideon is the king¿s personal wizard whose pet wyvern Wycca disappears into a magic hole while looking for a place to lay her egg that leads to the twenty-first century. When Gideon goes after her he drops an important card on the street. Theodora finds the card while looking for something to do. She then tries to use the card to get into a wyvern club in town. One of my favorite parts in the story is when Wycca comes back from flying and since her belly is so fat from the chocolate she ate the day before she has trouble balancing on the egg. When she at last get comfortable the egg starts to crack and the baby wyvern pushes out of the egg damp and blind. This is my favorite part because I love it when she helps her baby not by helping but by teaching to move on its own. This shows true care in Wycca. I thought the author did a great job writing this book because when I read it I felt like I was there in the story. This book was well written and perfect for grades 4-6. I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys reading fantasy books. I would award the book Hatching Magic four stars.

posted by Anonymous on October 29, 2007

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Hatching Magic

I read a great book called Hatching Magic, by Ann Downer. The story is about 2 wizards, one dragon, and a 12 year old girl. Gideon is the royal wizard and he owns Wycca, his pet Wyvern. Kobold is Gideon¿s brother and rival. Both of them tried out for the title of the ro...
I read a great book called Hatching Magic, by Ann Downer. The story is about 2 wizards, one dragon, and a 12 year old girl. Gideon is the royal wizard and he owns Wycca, his pet Wyvern. Kobold is Gideon¿s brother and rival. Both of them tried out for the title of the royal wizard but he lost because he used one of the forbidden spells on another person. Theodora is a 12 year old girl with a big Wyvern collection of cards, hand made models and much more Wyvern stuff. The story takes place in the 15th century but skips to the 21st century. The reason Kobold follows Gideon to the 21st century is to get him back and because his master told him to (you do not find out who Kobold¿s master is). My favorite scene is when Gideon and Kobold fight for the mysterious card. To test out his new power Kobold uses a spell on Theodora¿s pet cat. Theodora gets really angry and tries to take on the wizard. But she is no match for him alone. Gideon and Merlin come through the door at almost the very last second Theodora could stand Kobold¿s clutches. Merlin is an older wizard that helped Gideon from pretty much the first second Gideon went through the bolt hole to the 21st century. Then Gideon and Kobold fight for the card. For about ten minutes they keep on casting spells at each other and countering the other¿s spell with another one. Kobold gets tired of this and uses one of his banned spells to summon a wraith. Merlin and Theodora use their minds to somehow slow it down from touching Gideon. Then, just before it touches Gideon, Wycca barges in from the window and clawed the wraith to death. After that almost everyone in the room team up to stop Kobold. From reading this book I now know what it feels like to see things that are considered ¿mythical creatures¿. I like how the author described the fight between Gideon and Kobold. Especially how their spells sounded and how the wraith looked. I think this book might be just a little bit under my reading level but not too short.

posted by Anonymous on October 29, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2007

    hatching magic

    Kasey Carpenter La 1 The book I read was Hatching Magic which is By Ann Downer. This fantasy novel is two-hundred-forty-two pages long. And takes place both in the eighteenth century England and modern-day Boston. Also it is about a young wyvern 'type of dragon' named wycca who lives in the eighteenth century in England and is also pregnant seeking for the perfect spot to lay her egg. Just then she stumbles into a bolt hole and is transported to the twenty-first century Boston. My favorite part is when wycca gets transported to Boston because it is fun and exciting. The trip through the bolt-hole lasted less than a blink of an eye one moment Gideon was in the melon patch behind the castle next he was being jostled this way and that on the dance floor of the club Golgotha in Central Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts. I recommend this book because it is a good book. Also it really gets you hooked into it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    Hatching Magic

    Hatching Magic The title of the book is Hatching Magic. The author of this book is Ann Downer. The setting of this book is twelfth century Europe, but then Wycca Gideon¿s pet wyvern travels through a bolthole. A bolthole is like a rabbit hole through time 'an untamed magic that lets you through time'. So then the setting changes from twelfth century England to modern day times. While all this is happening a girl named Theodora wants to go to the Laos expedition with her father, but she has to stay home with her ¿Nanny¿. I use that term very lightly because their ¿Nanny¿ Mikko is more of a family friend to Theodora and her father Mikko is a ¿Nanny¿ that lives with the family she is employed to. Gideon found a man named Ian Merlin O¿Shea in modern day Harvard square Boston 'A.K.A Merlin' and Merlin takes Gideon in. Gideon has to find Wycca and her egg before her egg hatches or worse! The genre of this book is Fantasy. My favorite part of the book is when Ignus, one of Gideon¿s familiars 'he is a magical fire a smart fire another one of his familiars is a two headed snake that can see decades into the future and into the past', sees the orange flame 'Ignus is blue' come out of the stove. Ignus, being alive, is naturally curious and thinks it is a smart fire as well. The reason Ignus thinks it is a smart fire is because it came out when Merlin ¿summoned¿ it. Merlin explains that it is a stupid fire controlled by oil tanks inside the stove. Then Ignus starts moving around the burners trying to get the stupid fire to come out. I recommend this book because it is a funny book where the old world and the present day are given a twist. I would give this book five stars. This book has a sequel named The Dragon that Never Was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2006

    A Must Read On Magic

    I read this book for a school evaluation. It was such a great book, in an incredible fantasy\sci-fi story-not like star wars! The author really takes you into the life of the characters, and you can really understand their feelings. The author describes the setting so much, as if you were there. I totally recommend this book if you are 10-14, and are LOOKING FOR AN AWESOME READ!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2005

    A great fanasy book.

    The book shows 4 sides of what is going on which makes for an interesting and fun book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2005

    Awesome Book!!

    I thought this book realy captured the descriptions of the characters and places that appeared in the story. The way the author wrote the story makes it very interesting to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2004

    Mom Liked It Too

    My 9 year old son and I read this book together. I am not sure which of us was more disappointed when we finished it. This is truly a well-written and very enjoyable book. I hope Theodora Ogelthorpe is back in another book soon!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2004

    A GREAT BOOK!!!

    I really enjoyed the plot of the book and suspense in it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2003

    Definitely worth a read!!

    This is the first of her books that I have read and I am impressed enough to take a look at the others. Well written and a good story.

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    Posted January 11, 2009

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