Seven-Day Magic

Seven-Day Magic

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by Edward Eager, N. M. Bodecker

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"Luckily for Edward Eager's fans, the children in his latest book are just as lively and literary as those in Half Magic." -The New York Times Book Review 5-1/8 X 7-5/8. Black-and-white illustrations  See more details below


"Luckily for Edward Eager's fans, the children in his latest book are just as lively and literary as those in Half Magic." -The New York Times Book Review 5-1/8 X 7-5/8. Black-and-white illustrations

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Children's Literature - Julie Steinberg
It's hard for any book with magic in it not to pale next to the Harry Potter phenomenon. However, Seven- Day Magic can just about stoop to the challenge. Five children discover a mysterious red book at the library and eventually they discover that it's writing the story of their own wishful adventures--a story they make up as they go, and then witness coming to life in the red book's pages. Along their way, the children meet a dragon, a wizard, and the baby and little girl from Half Magic, another Eager book. Another adventure starts when the children are transported back in time with grandmother and nearly perish in a blizzard. Disaster almost strikes again when the friends wish themselves at a television rehearsal and it nearly costs one of their fathers his job on a show. The children return the book to the library and wonder who will find it next. Although written nearly forty years ago, Seven-Day Magic has a timeless feel, even if the adventures seem a bit tame by modern standards. 1999 (orig.
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“Luckily for Edward Eager’s fans, the children in his latest book are just as lively and literary as those in Half Magic. . . . Mr. Eager's seventh book . . . proves that his pen works magic with just about any number.”  —The New York Times Book Review

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Tales of Magic Series
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Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.46(d)
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Seven-Day Magic 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
John and Susan live with their Grannie and enjoy playing with their neighbors, Barnaby, Abbie, and Fredericka. One day in the local library the children find a book, which unlike most others, is due back in only seven days. It turns out to be a magic book that grants them their wishes, such as Fredericka's wish to see a dragon (which carries her off and the other children have to go find her), Susan's wish to go into the future (where they see the girl from another of Eager's books, Half-Magic), even Grannie's unintentional wish to go back to the past (where she was a prairie school teacher), and Abbie's wish to see her father sing in New York (which turns out badly at first but then turns out quite well later). But when John and Barnaby fight over their wish, they accidentally tear the book in half, and Barnaby goes off into his own adventure world of "Barnaby the Wanderer." Can the other children find him and bring him back? Eager's books are described as being in a "realistic fantasy vein." Eager acknowledged his indebtedness to Edith Nesbit, and this book is somewhat similar to her Five Children and It. As with other books by Eager, those who dislike any mention of "magic" will want to avoid it, but, again, it is not the "magic" of occultism, witches, and wizards, but of "fairy tales." The euphemism "gee" appears once; otherwise there is no objectional language. Also, there is one reference that Barnaby, Abbie, and Fredericka's father sang in a beer commercial. I enjoyed this book just about as much as Eager's Knights' Castle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am seven years old and I really liked this book. I can't believe how good it was. There were alot of hard words for me but the adventures in the book were AMAZING! I am going to read all his other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello joke anyone Why is winnie the pooh on diapers Winni the Pooh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book alot my god sister Ella told me about Half Magic after i finched that i deisided to read this but it is not as good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again, Edward Eager tells a magical story with great humor. His characters have wonderful adventures and learn about themselves along the way. One of my all-time favorites!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Imagine that one day, you are in a library and stumble upon a magic book--about you and your friends! That's exactly what happens in 'Seven-Day Magic'. This book is about 5 friends (Susan, John, Barnaby, Abbie, and Fredericka) who love to read. One day, while visiting the library with her 4 pals, Susan finds a worn, old book. When she opens it, she finds that the book is about her group! What's the catch? They can't see the future with the book--the pages in the end are plastered down! As each take turns wishing, they land themselves in a different place or time and sometimes even change a loved one's life. I thought that the idea of finding a magical book that is all about adventures with your pals that you all wish for was such a great idea! This book is so good that you will wish it went on with a sequel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very good for younger ages and even into Jr.High. This book starts with 5 children that discover something extroadinary in an ordinary book. They soon find themselves stumbling in a number of adventures with magic. They tame the magic and have a great time!