Midnight Magic

Midnight Magic

by Avi

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439242196
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 482,561
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Avi's work spans nearly every genre and has received nearly every major prize, including the Newbery Medal for CRISPIN: THE CROSS OF LEAD and Newbery Honors for NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH and THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE. Avi lives in Denver, Colorado. You can visit him online at www.avi-writer.com.

Date of Birth:

December 23, 1937

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

University of Wisconsin; M.A. in Library Science from Columbia University, 1964

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Midnight Magic 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
makalinao17740 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book has an exciting plot with many, many twists and turns. Why is there a ghost in the castle? Who's behind a sinister plot to take down the monarchy? Avi as once again succeeded in captivating the reader with an unpredictable plot and literary embelishments that make it all the more interesting for the reader. Fabrizio is an out of the ordinary hero... giving the reader a break from the high morale, perfect and steryotypical hero. Avi really captures the monarchy of Italy in this tale of a ghost, a sorcerer, and his apprentice. One of the best books I've ever read, though this book was a really light read.
krau0098 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I have heard about Avi for a long time; he has written a ton of young adult novels and after reading the synopsis for this novel I decided it was probably an Avi novel that I would enjoy. I was mostly curious about what all of the buzz about Avi was about. This book was an okay children's book; nothing spectacular but amusing and interesting.Fabrizio is the apprentice to the former court Magician; his master stopped practicing magic when he was accused by the King of dark magic. The former Magician has lived in seclusion since the King's accusation and has focused on sharpening his reasoning skills instead of his illusion skills. Then the King is forced to call on the Magician for assistance when the King's daughter is haunted by a terrifying ghost. Fabrizio comes along to help the Magician solve this mystery. As time goes on Fabrizio begins to wonder if the hauntings are real or if a more elaborate scheme is playing out.This was a solid mystery story set in medieval times. It was not really a fantasy, as the magic involved is more your traditional slight-of-hand type. All of the characters were okay, but none of them really stood out. They were all your typical types of characters for a story such as this one. The mystery surrounding the hauntings was interesting, but easily solved very early on in the book which was a bit disappointing.The only thing that really stood out in this book for me was all the clever bits of wisdom that Fabrizio spouts throughout. They were clever and cute; sometimes the banter of clever sayings between Fabrizio and his master were fun to read too.In general this book was okay, somewhat engaging, yet forgettable. I thought it was more of a children's book than a young adult novel. It didn't make me want to go out and read a ton more of Avi's books.
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MhCA More than 1 year ago
This book was great. I read this book 2 times it was so good. My Librabry does not have the book and I cant find any place that does. I need to read this book again.
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agroves More than 1 year ago
"Midnight Magic" by Avi Genre: Historical Fiction, Age:9 and up, Number of pages:247, Rating: 4 stars Do you like mystery books with ghosts, murders, and suspense? If you do, "Midnight Magic" by Avi is the perfect book for you. It is the prequel to "Murder at Midnight" and will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time you are reading. Mangus and Fabrizio are back and and are about to be more surprised then ever. I would give this book four stars because it was very suspenseful, but could get very confusing at times. An example is on page 76, when there is a conversation between Count Scarazoni and Addetto and you can't tell who is talking at times. Besides that, it was a very suspenseful and mysterious book. "Midnight Magic" starts of with Fabrizio sleeping in the front hallway, as always, so that he can tell anyone that comes to the door that his master is no longer doing magic (which is illegal and is what he is currently on house arrest for). Near midnight, a knock comes on the door for Mangus. It is a soldier there to take him and Fabrizio to the king's castle. With Mangus on house arrest, what could the king want him for? The exact thing that Mangus was put on house arrest for- magic. A terrible ghost has been repeatedly coming to Princess Teresina and haunting her. So the king calls on the only person he knows to get rid of it, which is Mangus. The only problem is that Mangus doesn't believe in ghosts. So, now it is up to his faithful servant Fabrizio, who does believe in ghosts, to figure out what is going on in the castle.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story.the setting is great.i love the time period too, the middle ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fabrizio had a quiet life, serving his master, Mangus the Magician. Mangus was a stage magician when the King ordered all who performed magic to be sentenced to death. However, the King's right hand man, Count Scarazoni, spared him, on the condition to never perform magic again, and to be under house arrest. One summer night, everything changed. Princess Teresina was being haunted by a mysterious specter, and Mangus is called to the castello to discover the ghost, and to destroy it. While at the castello, Fabrizio becomes good friends with the Princess Teresina, and gets caught up in the thick of the affair with the ghost. He also meets a servant boy, a little older than him named Rinaldo, who knows much more than expected. After a while, the Princess comes to the conclusion that the ghost is her brother, the Prince, who she believes to be dead. Fabrizio discovers that Princess Teresina is promised to Count Scarazoni. A while later, Fabrizio discovers that the Princess and the Queen were part of a conspiracy, and are pretending that other people are. After a bit, the Princess accuses Fabrizio of being part of a conspiracy, and he is captured and sentenced to death. He is put in a dungeon, and he thinks the Princess betrayed him, when she rescues him, and many questions were raised. Why did the Princess frame him, and why did she then rescue him? How will he escape death? How will the Princess escape marriage? Midnight magic is a great read, even if it doesn't have the best ending. I liked how the solution was a huge surprise, that you would never guess would happen, if you didn't know the ending. I would give it four out of five stars. I would recommend it to anyone who likes both fantasy, and mystery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the way this book was set up and the way everything fits together. Amazing Characters too! Princess Teresina and Prince Lorenzo were my favorites!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book in wonderful!At first I thought this book was going to be boring but it is very well writen.This book is about a twelve year old boy named Fabrizio who's master was said be a magician.Then one day Fabrizio and his master are summoned to the castello (castle) to help the king's daughter from a terrifying ghost.But Fabrizio master is not even a real magician!But if they fail it will cost his masters life.I hope any who read this book enjoy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Avi is trully an amazing author. Midnight Magic was one of his best, it was so creative and intertaining. Ending was a total surprise.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and thought every chapter had twists and turns that made it a mystery until the end. Although I didn't understand alot of the words, I really liked the book and encourage everyone to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Midnight Magic was fantastic, it was really exciting. Avi is a great author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was like one of the best books that i've EVER read!!!! Everyone in my comm arts class luved it and so will you!!! =)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very imaginative. It really made you think. I have read this book three times now and it never gets old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the book Midnight Magic was great. The mystery and suspense was killing be so I just kept reading and reading. I was recommened this book by my friend who had read it and said it was good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a fantastic tale of the old, mystical times. Harry Potter will give this book a thumbs up.