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  • Posted July 1, 2012

    Great for all ages!

    Grand Master Andre Norton's Magic series of stories were originally geared towards young adults, but the messages are applicable to any age reader - be yourself and don't be afraid of the other guys even if they might be different. Octagon Magic brings a history lesson as a background for the main characters interaction, tying in a short story about the golden needles from one of her previous collections. I first read this series a few years after the original publication dates (the 60's), and the plots still interest me after all these years. If you only read a few of Ms Norton's books I highly recommend the Magic Series, then head on over to the Witch World!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fabulous for preadolescent fantasy

    When Grandmother Mallard, whom she lived with, went to England to recuperate from the surgery under the care of a close friend, eleven-year-old Lorrie Mallard left Canada to live with her Aunt Margaret in the States. Lorrie is unhappy in America as she struggles to adjust while nasty boys like Rob Lockner, Jimmy Purvis and Stan Wormiski taunt her as a Canuck who walks like a duck. Needing to escape the teasing of the terrible threesome, Lorrie climbs the front gate to Octagon House where Hallie, the servant to the alleged witch elderly Miss Charlotta Ashemeade residing there, greets her. --- After a terrible week highlighted by Rob¿s disgusting sister Kathy ¿killing¿ her doll Miranda, Lorrie runs to Octagon House where Hallie introduces her to Miss Charlotta. When the child comes home she tells Aunt Margaret about her visit to Octagon House and receives permission to return. At the house, Lorrie searches for Sabina the cat and finds a strange room with a dollhouse and old dolls inside. That leads the exploring child back in time to the nineteenth century where she meets Lotta Ashemeade, Phin and Phoebe. Lorrie¿s adventures into understanding behavior have just begun. --- The reissue of the second ¿Magic¿ tale (see STEAL MAGIC) will bring joy to preadolescent readers. The story line focuses on unhappy Lorrie as she fails to adjust to her environs, blaming others for her misery. She and the key cast are fully developed so that her woes seem genuine and monumental (remember she is a sixth grader). Her escapade into the Victorian Age provides her with lessons in group dynamics and inter-human relationships that she takes back to her present as memories. Though too slow for adults, the ten to twelve year old crowd will appreciate a visit to Octagon House. --- Harriet Klausner

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