The Magic Half

The Magic Half

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by Annie Barrows
     
 

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Miri is the non-twin child in a family with two sets of them—older brothers and younger sisters. When her family moves to an old farmhouse in a new town, 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, she finds herself in the same room . . . only not

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Miri is the non-twin child in a family with two sets of them—older brothers and younger sisters. When her family moves to an old farmhouse in a new town, 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, 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 delightful time-travel story will have readers clamoring for another treat of twin-inspired magic in the follow up Magic in the Mix.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

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observations (thinking she is trapped in the past, Miri "consider[s] the fact that several of her favorite books would not be published for seventy more years.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. (Jan.)

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Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
One in eight million families has two sets of twins. It may seem extraordinary but to Miri who is the middle child between her older twin brothers Ray and Robbie, and her younger twin sisters Nell and Nora, she feels like a ‘fifth wheel' in the family. After being sent to her room for hitting Ray with a shovel, Miri spots a piece of glass taped up on one of the purple walls in her bedroom. As she closely examines and peers through the glass, Miri is suddenly transported back to 1935 and meets Molly who resides in the room. Molly is undaunted by Miri's appearance because she believes that Miri is a fairy who will rescue her from the unbearable Aunt Flo and cousins. Miri is determined to help save Molly from her plight but will she be able figure out how? The foreshadowing in the story leads to interesting twists and exciting turns in the story for surprising results in the end that are captivating. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

The middle child between two sets of twins, Miri often feels left out, overlooked, and unremarkable. When her family moves to a new home, she feels lonelier than ever. She soon learns from an elderly neighbor of a legend surrounding her house. According to town lore, many years earlier a thief left buried treasure somewhere on her property. Quickly, the siblings race to uncover it. Soon after the hunt begins she notices a small piece of glass taped to her wall. Looking through the lens, Miri finds herself still in her room, but in 1935. It is here that she meets Molly, a girl badly in need of help to escape her abusive situation, but Miri accidentally returns to her own time before she can save her new friend. Alone again, she must figure out how to rescue Molly before it's too late. This fast-paced story will delight anyone who has ever believed in magic, longed for a twin, or imagined the secrets their home might hold. The characters and setting are realistic despite the subtle elements of magic and time travel. Barrows conjures up a delightful tale brimming with mystery, magic, and adventure that will surely enchant readers everywhere.-Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ

From the Publisher

“Barrows conjures up a delightful tale brimming with mystery, magic, and adventure that will surely enchant readers everywhere.” —School Library Journal

“The heroine's adaptability and independent thinking endow her with the appeal of a Ramona Quimby or a Clementine.” —Publishers Weekly

“Barrows once again presents utterly real kids . . . this is pleasing fare that adds a bit of history and a tad of mystery into the mix.” —Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599903583
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
04/27/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,168,198
Product dimensions:
7.28(w) x 4.78(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Annie Barrows was an editor at Chronicle Books before becoming a full time writer. She has written several adult titles including the New York Times bestseller The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, as well as the highly acclaimed children's series Ivy and Bean and The Magic Half. Annie lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters. www.anniebarrows.com

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Berkeley, CA
Date of Birth:
August 24, 1962
Place of Birth:
San Diego, CA
Education:
University of California at Berkeley, B.A. in Medieval History; Mills College, M.F.A. in Creative Writing

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The Magic Half 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absoulutely loved this book. This book makes you want to believe in magic.It takes you into a place where anything is possible. You can relate to the main character and to her situation. It is a truly inspiring and terrific story. Great for any student wanting to believe in magic once again. Although the book seems pretty childish at first it becomes very interesting soon enough. So interesting in fact it will be unbelievablely hard to put down until you find yourself at the last period.
MillyMarz More than 1 year ago
I love magic and fun and exciting things to learn about in books. This book conbines magic, fun and a wonderful happy ending for Miri and Molly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is pure imagination Magic is woven so well into reality in The Magic Half This is a must read So far, nobody has given a bad review about this book The extra long spaces are where a period should be
GillianBeck More than 1 year ago
Great Book. Loved it. Will read more by this talented author
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Angie For Ages 9-12 Miri is the middle child… not so unique. But she’s the middle child sandwiched in between two sets of twins. On one side are her older brothers who like to tease her and on the other side are her younger sisters who are toddlers so they’re just a lot of work. Miri feels left out. When her family relocates they move into an old farm house. An elderly neighbor informs them that there’s buried treasure somewhere on the property. While searching for the treasure, Miri clobbers her brother over the head with a shovel and is sent to her room. While sulking she discovers a lens out of a pair of glasses taped to her wall. When she looks through it she suddenly finds herself transported through time into her bedroom in 1935 where she meets Molly. Miri quickly realizes that it’s up to her to rescue Molly from a desperate situation, but before she can help she’s accidentally transported back to her time. Will she find the buried treasure and solve the mystery in time to save Molly? This book has time travel, magic, and hidden treasure. What more could a kid ask for!? This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
Skyla Kutasz More than 1 year ago
Personaly i believe this is a very amazing book. It captures intrest right away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So i read this before and my friend lent it to me and i loved it like i loved it before.....its kinda a 11 year olds book but its still very good!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good! I'm eleven years old and read it at school. I was addicted! Miri and Molly are just like me and I always like books that involve somethng out of the ordinary. Thanks Annie Barrows! :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Annie Barrows reallly outdid herself in this impressive story about twins from different time periods.Everyone knows what it's like to be the "odd man out" so they all can relate to Miri-the only "alone one" in a family of two twins. It's easy to feel her enthusiasm at finding someone just like her. Whether you're 8 or 58 this is a perfect read to devour!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm adicted! I read this book for a school program contest thing and i absolutly adore it. It is definetly in my top 3 picks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An entertaining book, well plotted, good character development. Time travel is always such an intriguing idea.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really didnt think i would like this bt i took a chance d it turned out i loved it. It does revolve around mahic but it isnt like one of those stuoid things when it is corny magic because this book is really good!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a really good mystery book. Its about this girl named miri who gets transported back in time to the family who used to live in her house before. She mets a girl her age there whos family treats her bad. And there is a really good ending to the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book. It's fantastic and I have read it many times. It's very captivating how these two worlds come together.
Diana Wildes More than 1 year ago
The magic half is a clever story full of twists and turns and full of fantasy whimsical characters who travel through time through glasses and try to bring a girl named molly back to miri's home so horst wont kill molly but they have many hardships along the way
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I know im not stupid i was talkin to him last here
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I totally love this book
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EdifyOneAnother More than 1 year ago
This was a very good time travel book. I was skeptical because of being a Christian and the word "magic." I took a chance because I loved the Ivy and Bean books and have enjoyed this reading with my daughter. Barrows did wonderful with how she time traveled and make you believe that "if only." It was funny, exciting, emotional, good sibling banter and drama in the present and past. If one likes fantasy, then replace the word "magic" with that and the book is very good. It does not conjure up anything at all. It is an eyeglass and some great, simple, fun imagination. I like reading my daughter's books over mine some time. The Magic Half is worth the read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It is so good i think everyone should read it. Once i started reading the first page i ended up reading the whole book by dinner. It is an awesome book. Read it. You will not regret it :)
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I am looking forwaard to reading this book i have read so many good revews on this book i have ben asking if i can read this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a battle book and it was my favorite book i have read it over and over again amazing