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The Other Side of Magic (Keyholders Series #2)

The Other Side of Magic (Keyholders Series #2)

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by Debbie Dadey, Marcia Thornton Jones

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This Other Side of Magic is the second in a series of light fantasy chapter books set in Morgantown, a town on the border between the real world and the magical world, by the authors of the Publishers Weekly best selling BAILEY SCHOOL KIDS—a series of 50 books with more than 30 million copies sold!

"I need your help, Natalie," Mr. Leery said.


This Other Side of Magic is the second in a series of light fantasy chapter books set in Morgantown, a town on the border between the real world and the magical world, by the authors of the Publishers Weekly best selling BAILEY SCHOOL KIDS—a series of 50 books with more than 30 million copies sold!

"I need your help, Natalie," Mr. Leery said. "Yours and Penny's and Luke's."

Natalie is surprised to learn from her neighbor, Mr. Leery, that her classmates Penny and Luke are apprentice Keyholders. A Keyholder's job is to guard the border between the real world and the magical world. Natalie is even more surprised when she finds out that she could be a Keyholder too—if she forms a "link" with a rat named Buttercup.

Will Natalie choose to join the Keyholders? Can she, Penny, and Luke learn how to work together with their links and protect the border from the goblins sent by the evil Queen of the Boggarts?

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“Appealing light entertainment.” —Booklist on Bailey School Kids

“The authors--a teacher and a school librarian--know what appeals to the young chapter book audience. It is one of Scholastic's top-three best-selling series of all time!” —Forbes Book Club on Bailey School Kids

“Children's enthusiasm over these wacky stories is the reason the Bailey School Kids is one of the most popular series ever for Scholastic Trade Paperbacks. Fan mail attests that kids eat it up.” —Poudre Magazine on Bailey School Kids

Product Details

Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
Keyholders Series , #2
Edition description:
First Edition
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Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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Keyholders #2: The Other Side of Magic

"Can she breathe? Quick! Somebody do CPR!" Buttercup the rat cried, putting her paws on her cheeks in rat panic. She gnawed on Natalie's shoelaces.
Natalie sat in a kitchen chair in the middle of Mr. Leery's kitchen. Her mouth opened and closed like a guppy, but no sounds came out. A pink notebook slipped from her lap and smacked onto the floor, startling the rat on her sneakers.
Penny and Luke stared at Natalie. They had never gotten along with their neighbor and fifth-grade classmate, mostly because she alwaysbragged about everything her dad bought her. But that didn't mean they liked seeing Natalie gasping for breath.
"Well, this is going well," Mo said sarcastically. Mr. Leery's black cat sat on top of the counter. He lifted a huge paw and casually cleaned the tuft of hair between his ears.
"Hush, Mo," Mr. Leery said. "The girl has suffered a shock. Give her time to get used to the idea. I'm sure she'll be fine."
"Natalie Lawson has never been fine," Luke muttered. "And she's never been speechless, either."
Penny swatted Luke on the arm. "Well, there's a first time for everything," she said. "Now, be nice."
"Why?" Luke asked. "It's Natalie. She's never nice to us."
"Oh dear, oh dear," Mr. Leery said, bending down in front of Natalie and snapping his fingers in front of her eyes. "Talk to me, child."

Natalie's eyes slowly focused on the old man. For as long as anyone could remember, Mr. Leery had lived in this small cottage at the dead end of the last street in Morgantown. Everyone thought he was harmless. Luke and Penny knew he was much more than that, and now Natalie was beginning to find out how deceiving looks could be.
"Rats," Natalie mumbled as she gradually remembered where she was. "I saw rats. Here. Your house. It's infested. With rats. Must tell. My father."
"No, no, no," Luke said. "Don't you remember a word of what we told you?"
Penny and Luke had helped Mr. Leery explain everything to Natalie. But as soon as she'd seen the dragon and unicorn she'd totally blanked out.
"This isn't a rat," Penny said, pointing to the animal perched on Natalie's shoe.
"Yes, it is," Mo purred. "A big, fat, juicy one."
Buttercup squeaked and gnawed on the lace edge of Natalie's sock.
"Shh, Mo," Mr. Leery said. "You're not helping."
Penny started over. "Okay. This is a rat. But it's not a normal everyday kind of rat. She's your link. Just like Kirin is my link."
At the sound of her name, a unicorn clomped into the kitchen from the living room to gaze at Natalie. "How many times do we have to go over this?" the unicorn snapped. "I'm hungry."
"And Dracula is my link," Luke added, ignoring Kirin's complaint.
"That's me! That's me!" sang a dragon the size of a Doberman pinscher as he flapped into the kitchen. The kitchen was too small for his wings and he ruffled everyone's hair as he searched for a place to land.
"They came from the other side of the border," Penny explained.
Everyone in Morgantown knew about the thorny bushes at the edge of their town that had been there for as long as they could remember. What they didn't realize was that the bushes formed a magical border between what was realand what was magic. The only people who were allowed to know were the Keyholders, a force of three whose job it was to maintain the border.
"Mr. Leery chose us as the new Keyholders," Luke said. "It's going to be our job to make sure magic stays out of our world."
"To be a Keyholder you have to be chosen by a link from the other side of magic," Mr. Leery added. "And this very special creature chose you."
Natalie glanced down at Buttercup. The rat stopped gnawing long enough to give Natalie a small wave with her paw. The color disappeared from Natalie's face and she shuddered. She looked up. Her eyes landed on the unicorn peering over Penny's shoulder.
"Back up," Penny told the unicorn. "Give Natalie some room to breathe."
When Kirin took a step backward, she trampled Dracula's tail. Dracula swooped up, knocking over a pitcher of water on the counter. Buttercup squeaked as the pitcher smashed tothe floor within inches of her tail. Kirin automatically tossed her head at the high-pitched sound, her horn catching in the curtains and ripping them off the window.
"Enough!" Mr. Leery bellowed and raised his arms. The room fell silent.
Except for Natalie. Natalie whimpered.
"I would not have placed this burden on you at this time if it wasn't an emergency," Mr. Leery said. "But it is. Two Keyholders are gone and I can no longer protect the border by myself. My magic is not strong enough alone. Already the border is weakening. I need your help, Natalie. Yours and Penny's and Luke's. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait to have your official ceremony. For now, I will give you this for ... protection." Mr. Leery pulled the bracelet from his wrist. It was silver like Penny's and Luke's, but this one had a purple stone. It was a perfect match to the collar dangling from Buttercup's neck, the very one that used to hang on Mo.
"That silver will keep the boggarts and goblins away," Kirin said with a nod of her horn. "That and bells work every time."
Dracula flapped his wings so that he could hop up and down. "Bells! Bells! I like bells!"
"But I don't want to be what you said," Natalie whispered. "A Keyholder."
"Too late," Luke said. "You already are one. The rat picked you."
Buttercup spit out a shoelace. "Just barely in time. I say, barely in time," she babbled. "Because the Queen of the Boggarts is out to get us, one and all!"
Copyright © 2009 by Debra S. Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones

Meet the Author

MARCIA THORNTON JONES enjoys reading more than anything else. As a teacher, her favorite part of the school day was sharing books with her students. It was that love of reading that drew her to writing. She wanted to write the same kinds of stories that she and her students enjoyed reading. One afternoon she mentioned to the school librarian that she'd always had an interest in writing. The librarian, Debbie Dadey, shared a common desire to write stories that would encourage reading skills while promoting a true joy of reading. The next afternoon, Marcia and Debbie met while their students were at lunch and began writing. That story, Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots, became the first book in their bestselling series, The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids.

Marcia lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, Stephen, and their two cats.

DEBBIE DADEY taught first grade before becoming a librarian. It was while teaching that she first realized how much she wanted to write a book for reluctant readers. Her first book, co-authored with fellow teacher Marcia Thornton Jones, was the result of a very bad day. Since then, Debbie and Marcia have collaborated on more than 125 books with sales of over forty million copies.

Debbie lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her husband, three dogs, and three children.

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The Other Side of Magic (Keyholders Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Natalie struggles to adjust to having Buttercup a nervous rat as her link to the other world; while the other two rookie keyholders, Penny and Luke are pleased with their links respectively Kirin the unicorn and Dracula the dragon. However after being chased by three goblins, their mentor Mr. Leery decides to begin their training. Only Natalie succeeds in finding holes ripped open by agents of evil Queen of the Boggarts in the threads between Morgantown and the supernatural realm.---------- Natalie takes Buttercup to school and a teacher takes the rat away. The girl is hysterical but Buttercup escapes. Mr. Leery and his link Mr. Mo the cat decide the time is right to take the future keyholders to the OTHER SIDE OF MAGIC.--------- The second Keyholders elementary school age urban fantasy (see THIS SIDE OF MAGIC) is a fun tale as the three rookie keyholders struggle with their responsibilities; where as Penny and Luke relish their respective links, Natalie is a snob until her rat is taken from her. On the other hand, she proves the only one of the three adept at magic. Young readers will enjoy this fun tale as the threesome with their links and their mentors cross to the OTHER SIDE OF MAGIC.-------- Harriet Klausner
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