Octagon Magic (Magic Books Series #2)

Octagon Magic (Magic Books Series #2)

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by Andre Norton
     
 

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The secret of Octagon House

When her grandmother gets sick, eleven-year-old Lorrie Mallard is sent to live with her aunt in the U.S. Things were different back home in Canada, and Lorrie is homesick—especially when boys like Jimmy Purvis and Stan Wormiski tease her. One day, Lorrie finds herself at the door of Octagon House, where she is welcomed by the

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The secret of Octagon House

When her grandmother gets sick, eleven-year-old Lorrie Mallard is sent to live with her aunt in the U.S. Things were different back home in Canada, and Lorrie is homesick—especially when boys like Jimmy Purvis and Stan Wormiski tease her. One day, Lorrie finds herself at the door of Octagon House, where she is welcomed by the elderly Miss Ashemeade and her servant, Hallie. Could the kindly Miss Ashemeade truly be a witch, like everyone says? Lorrie doesn’t know, but with the help an old rocking horse and a dollhouse she finds in a mysterious eight-sided room, she begins to unlock the secrets of Octagon House.

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It seemed to be a simple plan that Lorrie would pack her things and move across the ocean to her aunt in the U.S while her grandmother recovered. Why did life have to complicate itself? Lorrie's aunts worked all the time and the neighbor lady meddled in all of their affairs while her vain daughter snubbed Lorrie for being different. Even the boys in her class caused grief until Lorrie stumbled into the strange and intriguing house of Miss Ashemeade and her kind servant, Hallie. This amazing house with eight sides led Lorrie on an adventure of a lifetime. Actually, a cat named Sabine led Lorrie into the play room with a duplicate copy of the house. What will become of the Octagon House if the committee votes to destroy it in place of a highway? Will all the treasures and happiness experienced in this residence be gone forever? Will Miss Ashemeade and Hallie reveal their secrets that lie within the walls? As the story comes to an eight-sided circle, will Lorrie find love and acceptance through timeless magic? Andre Norton took a timeless plot of a teenager in the chaotic world of adolescence where rejection rules but added too many weird twists to hold the attention of a young modern reader. The clever use of the dollhouse and the people within it was a good ploy, but it seemed to get lost in all the subplots clogging up the story. The second book in the "Magic Sequence" series. 2005, Tom Doherty Associates/St. Martin's Press, Ages 10 to 12.
—Julia Beiker

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765352989
Publisher:
Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date:
12/01/2005
Series:
Magic Books Series, #2
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 7.61(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
10 - 15 Years

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“It’s—it’s just a doll house, isn’t it, Sabina? No one does live there. No one could.”

Sabina did not even flick an ear in her direction. Lorrie took another step back and her shoulder struck against the rocking horse. He swayed, and under the rockers the floor creaked. Lorrie drew her hand down his mane. Just—almost as good as a pony.

She eyed the queer saddle. Why was it made that way? But—it would be fun to take a ride. Rocking horses were for little kids, but this was such a big one.

Lorrie climbed on and tried to sit astride the saddle. But you could not do that comfortably, it had bumps in the wrong places. Somehow, she did not know how, she found herself sitting the horse in another way, both her feet on the same side of the horse. And he began to rock—faster

There was a wind blowing and leaves whirled up—leaves? Lorrie blinked. This was not the room, it was a road with trees on either side and the wind in their branches. She was not on a rocking horse at all, but on a real one.

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