Hamster Magic (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Overview

Lynne Jonell, the popular author of Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat, makes her Stepping Stones debut with a high-spirited tale of mixed-up magic and wishes gone wrong.

Celia Willow is the baby of the family, and she’s sick of it. She's sick of being younger and smaller. She's sick of never being taken seriously. So when Celia's hamster surprises the Willows with his wish-granting powers, she blurts out ...

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Overview

Lynne Jonell, the popular author of Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat, makes her Stepping Stones debut with a high-spirited tale of mixed-up magic and wishes gone wrong.

Celia Willow is the baby of the family, and she’s sick of it. She's sick of being younger and smaller. She's sick of never being taken seriously. So when Celia's hamster surprises the Willows with his wish-granting powers, she blurts out her deepest desire.
The problem? Celia didn't exactly wish to be furry.
Her big brothers and sister can't let their parents see her like this, but they only have one night to fix things. How can Abner, Tate, and Derek reverse something as powerful as hamster magic . . . before breakfast?

Hamster Magic is on the Texas Bluebonnet Masterlist for 2012-2013 and was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
The four Willow children are still exploring the large three-story house they have moved into for the coming year. They are happy to find a hamster in the corner of the closet. They name him Hammy III and place him in the cage previously occupied by Hammys I and II. But this hamster is no Hammy. He has magical powers; he can grant wishes; and he can talk in English. When Cecilia the youngest child wishes she were bigger. She instantly becomes a large hamster. Most of the story is centered around the efforts of her sister and brothers to find the Great Hamster and get the wish reversed. Their adventures occur outside near the river and continue throughout the night. In the morning Cecilia returns to her original self just in time. The parents never know what happened. An amusing beginning chapter book for emerging readers. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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Gr 2–4—The Willow family has just moved into a rickety old house, and Abner, Tate, Derek, and Celia have made an incredible discovery: their pet hamster has the ability to grant wishes. Celia, frustrated with her status as the youngest, accidentally blurts out her wish—to be bigger. While she is envisioning being a bigger person, Hammy the Third actually turns her into a huge hamster. Now the children must figure out how to reverse this wayward wish before their parents find out—and they must do it before the sun comes up. Written for readers who are just beginning to tackle chapter books, this title may find an audience with those who fancy hamsters or who have them as pets. Other readers may find little else to draw them into the story. Besides the somewhat ridiculous premise, another flaw is that the origin of "hamster magic" is barely explained—supposedly burrowing animals will accrue it the more time they spend underground. When Hammy the Third doesn't have enough magic on his own to reverse Celia's wish, all the burrowing animals band together to transform her back into a little girl. It's this deus-ex-machina approach to conflict resolution that makes the story hard to swallow. Black-and-white cartoon illustrations add some charm and help readers to visualize the characters, but they don't save this title from being a marginal purchase, at best.—Amy Holland, Irondequoit Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606238632
  • Publisher: Sanval, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/10/2012
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 102
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynne Jonell is the author of the popular Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat, a Booklist Editors’ Choice and one of School Library Journal’s Best Books of the Year, as well as The Secret of Zoom and seven picture books. Although she doesn’t really care for rats, hamsters, or any kind of rodent at all, she still keeps writing about them. Please don’t ask her why. She doesn’t understand it herself.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    Cool

    The book was awesome im only on page 31 but i really like when celia turn into a hhamster! I LUV THIS BOOK"

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    TO EVERYONE

    U PEOPLE SHOULD STOP FIGHTING LIKE 8 YEAR OLDS AND GO BACK TO WHAT U PEOPLE R SUPPOSED TO DO. JUST CHAT LIKE NORAL PEOPLE. ASHLEY IS IN CHARGE

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Gvg

    Fvfv

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    The amizing, wonderful, awsomely incedible, hamser magic.

    This book was the best times five million. If my teacer read this book she would make the kids in my class read if they have not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    To alex

    Hey its alyssa

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Um i nee help?

    My crushes dad died last nite what do i do when he comes bak to school?

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Hey

    Hi yall

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    To hannah from RaeAnn

    Im in fifth too i live in colorado

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Hey important !

    On the book hamsters to the rescue nobody did reviews we should go on it so we have more room to chat is that ok ( ashley)

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Alex to below

    Epic shyt i like your style kid.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Lilley

    Gtg

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Read?

    Im confused. Can you just join randomly or do you have to ask or what? Please reply. If i have to ask the can i join. If i dont then reply.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    TO ashley

    Prove that youre 13.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Same guy as b4

    Oh haha smart using a pseudonym

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Ricki

    ITP increase the peace and set aside ur differences. How do u think Ashley feels with everone ganging up on her like tht? Plz leave her alone and go on with ur daily lives! ~ Miss Unapologetic

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    The ashley

    Must take a lot of gut to be an idiot and embaress yoursf in the public like that.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    H

    People who are chating dont chat like this and be stupid you are all a big embrassment ! So stop being STUPID

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Serena

    (My real looks) A petite girl with not pale, yet not tanned, skin. (It is in summer!) Shoulder length light brown hair with highlights. A side bang, layers, and face framing. Blue eyes. Ethnic race: mostly British. Also German, Slovakian, French, and Romanian. (Of course American!) Age: 10 Religion: Christian School: Moss Oaks Acadamy (AKA homeschooled) Personality: kind, yet can be unkind when aggitated. Also pretty emotional.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    A girl

    Hi if anyone has to talk about trouble with boys go to the second result. Tell me ur story and i will give ypu an answer to solve the problem. You can also make up a story and i will answer it for people that might need help to. Try to write what a boy does to u that makes u uncomfortable or waeer else is on your mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Sara to ashley

    Cool! So nice to know im not the only homeschooler out there. My mom has hazel eyes too!!!! I also have a cousin named ashley & shes 19. Where do you live? Are you a Christian? You dont have to answer if you dont want to.

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