The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia Series #1)

The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia Series #1)

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by C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes

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A mass-market paperback edition of The Magician's Nephew, book one in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia, featuring cover art by Cliff Nielsen and black-and-white interior artwork by the original illustrator of Narnia, Pauline Baynes.

On a daring quest to save a life, two friends are hurled into another world, where an evil

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A mass-market paperback edition of The Magician's Nephew, book one in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia, featuring cover art by Cliff Nielsen and black-and-white interior artwork by the original illustrator of Narnia, Pauline Baynes.

On a daring quest to save a life, two friends are hurled into another world, where an evil sorceress seeks to enslave them. But then the lion Aslan's song weaves itself into the fabric of a new land, a land that will be known as Narnia. And in Narnia, all things are possible.

The adventure begins in The Magician's Nephew, the first title in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, which has captivated readers of all ages for over sixty years. This is a stand-alone novel, but if you want to encounter more of the wonders of Narnia, read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the second book in The Chronicles of Narnia.

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First published in 1955, The Magician's Nephew was the sixth book C.S. Lewis wrote about Narnia. It was intended as a prequel to the series, chronicling events that took place before The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Many readers prefer to begin reading The Chronicles of Narnia with The Magician's Nephew.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Chronicles of Narnia Series, #1
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4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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The Magician's Nephew Read-Aloud Edition

By C. Lewis

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 C. Lewis
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ISBN: 0060875887

Chapter One

The Wrong Door

Polly had discovered long ago that if you opened a certain little door in the box-room attic of her house you would find the cistern and a dark place behind it which you could get into by a little careful climbing. The dark place was like a long tunnel with brick wall on one side and sloping roof on the other. In the roof there were little chunks of light between the slates. There was no floor in this tunnel: you had to step from rafter to rafter, and between them there was only plaster. If you stepped on this you would find yourself falling through the ceiling of the room below. Polly had used the bit of the tunnel just beside the cistern as a smugglers' cave. She had brought up bits of old packing cases and the seats of broken kitchen chairs, and things of that sort, and spread them across from rafter to rafter so as to make a bit of floor. Here she kept a cash-box containing various treasures, and a story she was writing and usually a few apples. She had often drunk a quiet bottle of ginger-beer in there: the old bottles made it look more like a smugglers' cave.

Digory quite liked the cave (she wouldn't let him see the story) but he was more interested in exploring.

"Look here," he said. "How long doesthis tunnel go on for? I mean, does it stop where your house ends?"

"No," said Polly. "The walls don't go out to the roof. It goes on. I don't know how far."

"Then we could get the length of the whole row of houses."

"So we could," said Polly. "And oh, I say!"


"We could get into the other houses."

"Yes, and get taken up for burglars! No thanks."

"Don't be so jolly clever. I was thinking of the house beyond yours."

"What about it?"

"Why, it's the empty one. Daddy says it's always been empty since we came here."

"I suppose we ought to have a look at it then," said Digory. He was a good deal more excited than you'd have thought from the way he spoke. For of course he was thinking, just as you would have been, of all the reasons why the house might have been empty so long. So was Polly. Neither of them said the word "haunted". And both felt that once the thing had been suggested, it would be feeble not to do it.

"Shall we go and try it now?" said Digory.

"All right," said Polly.

"Don't if you'd rather not," said Digory.

"I'm game if you are," said she.

"How are we to know we're in the next house but one?"

They decided they would have to go out into the box-room and walk across it taking steps as long as the steps from one rafter to the next. That would give them an idea of how many rafters went to a room. Then they would allow about four more for the passage between the two attics in Polly's house, and then the same number for the maid's bedroom as for the box-room. That would give them the length of the house. When they had done that distance twice they would be at the end of Digory's house; any door they came to after that would let them into an attic of the empty house.

"But I don't expect it's really empty at all," said Digory.

"What do you expect?"

"I expect someone lives there in secret, only coming in and out at night, with a dark lantern. We shall probably discover a gang of desperate criminals and get a reward. It's all rot to say a house would be empty all those years unless there was some mystery."

"Daddy thought it must be the drains," said Polly.

"Pooh! Grown-ups are always thinking of uninteresting explanations," said Digory. Now that they were talking by daylight in the attic instead of by candlelight in the Smugglers' Cave it seemed much less likely that the empty house would be haunted.

When they had measured the attic they had to get a pencil and do a sum. They both got different answers to it at first, and even when they agreed I am not sure they got it right. They were in a hurry to start on the exploration.

"We mustn't make a sound," said Polly as they climbed in again behind the cistern. Because it was such an important occasion they took a candle each (Polly had a good store of them in her cave).

It was very dark and dusty and draughty and they stepped from rafter to rafter without a word except when they whispered to one another, "We're opposite your attic now", or "This must be halfway through our house". And neither of them stumbled and the candles didn't go out, and at last they came to where they could see a little door in the brick wall on their right. There was no bolt or handle on this side of it, of course, for the door had been made for getting in, not for getting out; but there was a catch (as there often is on the inside of a cupboard door) which they felt sure they would be able to turn.

"Shall I?" said Digory.

"I'm game if you are," said Polly, just as she had said before. Both felt that it was becoming very serious, but neither would draw back. Digory pushed round the catch with some difficulty. The door swung open and the sudden daylight made them blink. Then, with a great shock, they saw that they were looking, not into a deserted attic, but into a furnished room. But it seemed empty enough. It was dead silent. Polly's curiosity got the better of her. She blew out her candle and stepped out into the strange room, making no more noise than a mouse.


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The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 693 reviews.
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novels for children written by C. S. Lewis. It is considered a classic of children's literature and is the author's best-known work, having sold over 120 million copies in 41 languages. Written by Lewis between 1949 and 1954 and illustrated by Pauline Baynes. The books contain Christian ideas made easily accessible to young readers. They are not pedantic, however, and their richness of adventure, color, and ideas have made them favorites of children and adults, Christians and non-Christians. In addition to Christian themes, Lewis also borrows characters from Greek and Roman mythology as well as traditional British and Irish fairy tales. Even though the Magician's nephew is the "Sixth" installment it should be read First. Completed in the winter of 1954 and published in 1955, the prequel The Magician's Nephew brings the reader back to the very beginning of Narnia where we learn how Aslan created the world and how evil first entered it. Digory Kirke and his friend Polly Plummer stumble into different worlds by experimenting with magic rings made by Digory's uncle (the titular "magician"), encounter Jadis (The White Witch), and witness the creation of Narnia. Many long-standing questions about Narnia are answered in the adventure that follows. Even though C. S. Lewis placed The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe as the first book in the series. Older editions of the book reflect this decision. Lweis grandson laterr changed the order so that the books were in chronological order. After all The Magicians Nephew is the story of how Narnia was created and correlates with the book of Genesis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read at a very early age, I read all the Narnia books at age 7. I love them and reread them every now and then. Now I'm 13, they are still some of my favorite books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book.Very interesting at times.Amazing details almost like your really there.I recomend this book to anyone who loves a good fiction book.Haven't read rest of series but sure they will be good too.
Sheffy More than 1 year ago
This book is a great introduction into the intricate story of the chronicle s of Narnia. It is a must read for those who take a serious interest in reading the following books in the series. However, there is a slow beginning, but dont worry, the pace will begin to quicken. Overall, a great intro into one of the best series of books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great read! I recomened to everyone! Totally worth 2 bucks :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great quick read and everything tied together pretty nicely. The only reason i gave it 4 stars is because some parts were just a little dull, for me. Overall, it had a wonderful ending and i recommend this book for any age group. Im gonna read the 2nd book and watch the movie.
Here_Be_Bookwyrms More than 1 year ago
"...While The Magician's Nephew is definitely one of the more understated of the series, I always enjoy reading it. It isn't lacking for adventure, though there are no battle scenes, and when the Talking Beasts of Narnia come about, there are a lot of funny moments involving them and Uncle Andrew. There are some nice morals for young readers, but not in a preachy kind of way. Again, it's not quite as action-packed as some of the others in the series, this book is very captivating, and you really get a sense of it building up to the others; having re-read it, I am eager to finish re-reading the rest of them!" For full review, please visit me at Here Be Bookwyrms on Blogger: herebebookwyrms dot blogspot dot com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful creation story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutly LOVE this book. LOOOOOOOOOVVVE IT. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi. I wanted to share what I think of this book.... THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER!!!!!! YOU SHOULD TOLDLY READ THIS IF YOU CAN READ!! IT IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOK!!! to me. one of my favs is Lord of the Rings. Bye!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, I personally think its the best book in the Chronicle of Narnia Series. And it shows how evil (sin) came into the creation of Narnia.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is techniqually the first bbook in the narnia sersies but its very boring at some parts! It youre going to start with it just hang in there and read! I personally read the sersies in the order they were written: the lion witch and wordrobe, prince capspian the dawn trreader , the maicians nephew, the horse and his boy, the silver chair then the last battle! I SUGGGEST rhe wordrobe, then horse and his boy, then prince c, dawntreader, THEN the magicians nephew, the silver chair and last battle! So muxh more enjoyable! I love this seeies and think everyone should read it! But i do warn some parts are hard to get through and slow! But its worth it!, :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does anyone ever notice that most of the bad reviews have bad spelling and/or grammar also they don't say why they 'hate' this book what does that tell you. So on to the book. I think it was great perfect if you want to learn more about the developement of Narnia and a very enjoyabe read also very well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book it great but realy cheese
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can tell they put a thought into this story. it has amazing details and wonderful characters. I dont know how they wrote so many books based off of the main story. And i think that it is good to start of with 1-4 characters and then add on to the characters, and that is what this book did. When i started reading the first chapter i thought it was going to be the lamest book ever, but after i got passed the first chapter i was addicted to it!! FYI: just get passed the first chapter ( the main part of that chapter is just meeting the characters) and then ur good ENJOY THE BOOK!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great, quick read. It lures you into a fantasy world and it makes you feel as if you are part of the story. Love it
iKryzis More than 1 year ago
Loved the movies. Kept hearing they skipped the 1st book explaining how Narnia was created. It was great to have the background knowledge. I just couldn't get into the writing style. Several times where the writing is actually talking to the reader. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I own this book as a paperback. Its one of the best books in the whole seires. I highly reccomend it for ages ten and up.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a really good book. This book was about how digory and polly set on an adventure by digory's uncle's rings and how they come across the land called Narnia.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Over all it was good it got off to a slow start but it was good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. It is my favorite in the Narnia books. The only problem is that they get into Narnia in the middle of the book.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I have this crush on this boy since third grade hes popular and all but hes hot hes a catholic and goes to our school (i am a catholic too) but i dont just like him cause hes hot he can be a big jerk sometimes but hes really nice and when hes at our church he gives my a hot grin i dont know what to do?! I havent told him personally but some of my friends kinda told him..i dont have the nerve to tell him but i really want to. i need some help plz!!!!! ;-)
Anonymous 8 months ago
Oh, my gosh! I am so sorry... I almost forgot. Okay, that's a lie. I did forget. Okay. My advice- try to be casual. A nice hey, perhaps a little smile and wave. One kid who I haven't seen since sixth grade- or at least talked to since then- did exactly that- I'm sorry, I'm getting off topic, but as soon as he did, a bunch of kids accidentally bumped him into a locker!- okay. Just act like a friend. You know you like her, she knows, too, but just being a friend, no matter the gender, will really help. Hope this helped! If it didn't, either reply here or Tweet @kaitee_hart -KNH517
Anonymous 8 months ago
Im here. What is your advice?