The Magic Half [NOOK Book]

Overview

Miri has a few problems:

- She's the middle child, stuck between two sets of twins.

- She's been sent to her room for smacking one of her brothers over the head with a shovel.

- Her room has the ugliest wallpaper in the world.

But when Miri sees a little piece of glass taped to her bedroom wall and decides to take a peek through it, she finds she has a much bigger problem to deal with . . . Suddenly, she's not in her bedroom anymore. Instead, she's face to face with Molly, a ...

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The Magic Half

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Overview

Miri has a few problems:

- She's the middle child, stuck between two sets of twins.

- She's been sent to her room for smacking one of her brothers over the head with a shovel.

- Her room has the ugliest wallpaper in the world.

But when Miri sees a little piece of glass taped to her bedroom wall and decides to take a peek through it, she finds she has a much bigger problem to deal with . . . Suddenly, she's not in her bedroom anymore. Instead, she's face to face with Molly, a girl who insists that the room is hers, that the year is 1935, and that Miri has come to save her.

Undaunted by the barest of clues, the meanest of cousins and the mystery of time itself, Miri and Molly find that magic is really just a way of setting things right.



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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599905846
  • Publisher: BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING
  • Publication date: 8/10/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 161,577
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.75 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 0.56 (d)
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Annie Barrows

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

Biography

A voracious reader (but an admittedly poor speller!), Annie Barrows grew up in northern California. One of her first jobs, while she was still in school, was re-shelving books in one of her favorite haunts, the public library. She attended the University of California at Berkeley and graduated with a degree in Medieval History. After graduation, she went to work for a publisher, editing books in many different fields.

Bitten by the writing bug, Barrows received her M.F.A in Creative Writing from California's Mills College. She wrote several books on such diverse topics as fortune telling, urban legends, and opera before branching into children's literature. In June of 2006, she released Ivy and Bean, the first award-winning book in a series about two young girls who become best friends in spite of their differences. In 2007, she published The Magic Half, a standalone children's fantasy about the middle child (between two sets of twins) who travels back in time and befriends a young girl in need of her help.

In addition, Barrows and her aunt, the late Mary Ann Shaffer, collaborated on a post-WWII epistolary novel entitled The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Conceived by Shaffer, the novel was accepted for publication in 2006, shortly before Shaffer fell ill. Barrows stepped in to complete the project, and the book was published in 2008 to positive reviews.

Good To Know

Here are some fascinating outtakes from our interview with Annie Barrows:
  • I can read palms. I learned when I was researching a book on fortune-telling, and I figure it's my back-up career if this writing thing doesn't work out. I can also read head lumps, but no thanks.

  • In my house, we have a Museum of Despair. The collection includes a burst pipe; the wire hanger that was being used to open my car when I surprised the thief; the stitches from my daughter's knee; a bottle of vodka so old that it's a product of the Soviet Union; and a broken thermometer.

  • There are two quotations stuck to the wall over my desk. Here they are: .

    "But how could it be true, Sir?" said Peter.
    "Why do you say that?" asked the Professor.
    "Well, for one thing," said Peter, "if it was real why doesn't everyone find this country every time they go to the wardrobe? I mean, there was nothing there when we looked; even Lucy didn't pretend there was."
    "What has that to do with it?" said the Professor.
    "Well, Sir, if things are real, they're there all the time."
    "Are they?" said the Professor; and Peter did not know quite what to say.
    --from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis

    "Behold, you look on a man that is soon to be dust. Yet because love endures all things, tell me, I pray you, how fares the human race: if new roofs be risen in the ancient cities, whose empire is it that now sways the world; an if any still survive, snared in the error of the demons."
    --from "The Life of St. Paul the Hermit"

    Most of the time, I don't do anything but work and hang out with my family, but I just got back from a three-week trip to England, where I got a chance to indulge some of my secret fascinations: Neolithic standing stones, haunted battlefields, out-of-the-way castles, and Victorian anthropological collections.

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      1. Also Known As:
        Ann Fiery Barrows; Ann Fiery
      2. Hometown:
        Berkeley, CA
      1. Date of Birth:
        August 24, 1962
      2. Place of Birth:
        San Diego, CA
      1. Education:
        University of California at Berkeley, B.A. in Medieval History; Mills College, M.F.A. in Creative Writing

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 7, 2007

      A reviewer

      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.

      17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted June 4, 2012

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      Great Book. Loved it. Will read more by this talented author

      Great Book. Loved it. Will read more by this talented author

      13 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted March 3, 2009

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      It's great!

      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!

      13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 7, 2011

      Read it to believe it

      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

      11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted September 15, 2011

      Nicole summers

      Personaly i believe this is a very amazing book. It captures intrest right away.

      9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted October 8, 2012

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      What more could a kid want?

      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

      8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 25, 2011

      Ya

      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!!!!

      7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 19, 2012

      Good book

      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.

      4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 16, 2012

      Ddnt think id like it

      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!!!

      4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 22, 2012

      Love

      Love this book. It's fantastic and I have read it many times. It's very captivating how these two worlds come together.

      4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 27, 2012

      Amazing book for a tween!

      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! :-)

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 16, 2012

      So Creative!!!!!!

      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!

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 4, 2012

      Abc12315

      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.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 17, 2012

      Very pleasant read

      An entertaining book, well plotted, good character development. Time travel is always such an intriguing idea.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 14, 2012

      Luv it

      Thus book definitely deserved its sunshine state book title

      3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 1, 2012

      Awesome

      Awezome

      3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 13, 2012

      Hi

      Hi. This book is a sunshine state book rfor my school

      3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 27, 2011

      Reviewer unknown

      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

      3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 11, 2012

      :)

      Its pretty good.

      2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 16, 2012

      This is awsome READ IT

      U MUST REAF THIS BOOK ITS LIKE THE BOMB DIGGITY IF U READ THIS I WILL TELL U MY SECRET

      2 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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