Few authors have achieved such renown as World Fantasy Life Achievement honoree and Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master Andre Norton. With the love of readers and the praise of critics, Norton’s books have sold millions of copies worldwide.
Lorrie discovers a strange and fascinating secret! Did a witch live in the eight-sided house? Was it haunted? There were lots of scary stories about the strange house—but none could match the secret Lorrie uncovered. One day, she climbed the high iron gate and escaped into the garden to save a kitten from some cruel boys—and met the mysterious lady of the house. The woman let Lorrie explore all the odd-shaped rooms. In one of them was a rocking horse and a large, eight-sided dollhouse—an exact miniature of the big house. The dollhouse was beautifully furnished and seemed so ready—as if someone lived there! It drew Lorrie back into exciting adventures that she had to face with courage and daring!
This adventure should not be missed by fantasy lovers!
Octagon Magic is the 2nd book in the Magic Sequence, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
About the Author
For well over a half century, Andre Norton was one of the most popular science fiction and fantasy authors in the world. With series such as Time Traders, Solar Queen, Forerunner, Beast Master, Crosstime, and Janus, as well as many standalone novels, her tales of adventure have drawn countless readers to science fiction. Her fantasy novels, including the bestselling Witch World series, her Magic series, and many other unrelated novels, have been popular with readers for decades. Lauded as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, she is the recipient of a Life Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Convention. An Ohio native, Norton lived for many years in Winter Park, Florida, and died in March 2005 at her home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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The Magic Books #2
By Norton, Andre
Copyright © 2005
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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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by Norton, Andre
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Table of Contents
THE BAD WEEK AND OLD MISS ASHEMEADE,
RIDE A WHITE HORSE,
PHINEAS AND PHEBE,
A COLLAR FOR SABINA,
OCTAGON HOUSE KEEPS CHRISTMAS,
CHOLE AND NACKIE,
ONE GOLDEN NEEDLE,
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Grand Master Andre Norton's Magic series of stories were originally geared towards young adults, but the messages are applicable to any age reader - be yourself and don't be afraid of the other guys even if they might be different. Octagon Magic brings a history lesson as a background for the main characters interaction, tying in a short story about the golden needles from one of her previous collections. I first read this series a few years after the original publication dates (the 60's), and the plots still interest me after all these years. If you only read a few of Ms Norton's books I highly recommend the Magic Series, then head on over to the Witch World!
When Grandmother Mallard, whom she lived with, went to England to recuperate from the surgery under the care of a close friend, eleven-year-old Lorrie Mallard left Canada to live with her Aunt Margaret in the States. Lorrie is unhappy in America as she struggles to adjust while nasty boys like Rob Lockner, Jimmy Purvis and Stan Wormiski taunt her as a Canuck who walks like a duck. Needing to escape the teasing of the terrible threesome, Lorrie climbs the front gate to Octagon House where Hallie, the servant to the alleged witch elderly Miss Charlotta Ashemeade residing there, greets her. --- After a terrible week highlighted by Rob¿s disgusting sister Kathy ¿killing¿ her doll Miranda, Lorrie runs to Octagon House where Hallie introduces her to Miss Charlotta. When the child comes home she tells Aunt Margaret about her visit to Octagon House and receives permission to return. At the house, Lorrie searches for Sabina the cat and finds a strange room with a dollhouse and old dolls inside. That leads the exploring child back in time to the nineteenth century where she meets Lotta Ashemeade, Phin and Phoebe. Lorrie¿s adventures into understanding behavior have just begun. --- The reissue of the second ¿Magic¿ tale (see STEAL MAGIC) will bring joy to preadolescent readers. The story line focuses on unhappy Lorrie as she fails to adjust to her environs, blaming others for her misery. She and the key cast are fully developed so that her woes seem genuine and monumental (remember she is a sixth grader). Her escapade into the Victorian Age provides her with lessons in group dynamics and inter-human relationships that she takes back to her present as memories. Though too slow for adults, the ten to twelve year old crowd will appreciate a visit to Octagon House. --- Harriet Klausner