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Full of whimsy and a gentle humor... a satisfying adventure. - Kate Coombs, Author of Runaway Princess and Runaway Dragon

Hapenny Magick is a thoroughly engaging... Jennifer's skillful prose weaves Magick and whimsy into every line. What a joy it was to read this book." -C.S. Einfield, Author of Neverdark

"This book was an absolute delight. If I were to compare it to a dessert it would be poached pears, very light and just enough sugar to curb the sweet tooth." -Goodreads, 5-star Review

About the Author

Jennifer Carson lives in New Hampshire with her husband, four sons and many four legged friends. She grew up on a steady diet of Muppet movies and renaissance faires, and would occasionally be caught reading under the blankets with a flashlight. Besides telling tales she likes to create fantasy creatures and characters and  publishes her own sewing patterns. Her artwork and patterns can be seen online at thedragoncharmer.com. Jennifer Carson has two children's books published, a middle grade novella , To Find A Wonder, and her newest book, Hapenny Magick.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Pugalicious Press (December 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983824029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983824022
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,807,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jennifer Carson lives in New Hampshire with her husband, four sons and three four legged friends. She grew up on a steady diet of Muppet movies and renaissance faires and would occasionally be caught reading under the blankets with a flashlight. Besides telling tales, and being an editor for Faerie Magazine, Jennifer likes to create fantasy creatures and characters and publishes her own sewing patterns. Her artwork and patterns can be seen online at thedragoncharmer.com. Hapenny Magick is her second published work of fiction.


Jennifer's work has been featured in national magazines like Faerie Magazine, Soft Dolls and Animals, Teddy Bear and Friends and Dolls United. In the spring of 2008, Jennifer was featured on the ABC affiliate, WMUR tv show, New Hampshire Chronicle. Her sewing patterns have recently been translated in Dutch and in April 2009, she received the NE-SCBWI Ruth Landers Glass Scholarship for her writing.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Einfeld on February 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
Well.

It was a snowy night in January when I curled up with Hapenny Magick and, I'm glad to say, it warmed my heart, indeed.

What a charming book! I must pause here for a moment to rave about the illustrations. They are, in short, breath-taking. The whimsy of Jennifer's voice is infused into Pat Ann's illustrations. Her characters really come to life--and what characters they are!

Mean, spiteful Gelbane, the Guardian of our feisty heroine, Maewyn, storms off the page and Callum, the wizard, has a beard so flowing, I swear it really did tickle my nose ;o).

This brings me to the book, itself: a more engrossing adventure for children, I have not read, in years. Hapenny Magick is a somewhat traditional tale, with poor orphaned Maewyn left at the clutches of evil Gelbane at the start, but she is no shrinking violet waiting for her Prince to save the day. No. When a strange, talking crow lures her away from enslavement to the comparative bliss of a Wood Wizard's cozy home, Mae discovers that, small as she may be, her destiny is great.

I don't want to ruin the story by leaving any spoilers, but some of the things I love best about Mae are her courage, sense of duty, and sense of self-reliance. Before it's over, Mae needs to save herself, her friends, and her whole village from an army of hungry Trolls, and it'll take more than just her magickal talents, to do it.

Does Mae find the strength to persevere and triumph? I'll leave you to find out.

Hapenny Magick is a thoroughly engaging, lovely fairy tale for children of all ages. Jennifer's skillful prose weaves Magick and whimsy into every line. What a joy it was to read this book.
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Format: Paperback
Cute! Yes, I'll just say it again: Cute!

This is a fun, enchanting story about a very special magical species known as Hapenny's. These adorable creatures live peacefully in the forest. . .well, it's not that great for the smallest Hapenny Mae. She toils and works her little fingers off for Gelbane, a Hapenny who took her in after Mae's mother died.

I loved this magical world! It's so simple and sweet, but still captured the world masterly. I had no trouble picturing it and was quickly pulled into the lush surroundings. Mae was a wonderful character, fragile yet strong. Her good nature and golden heart make her lovable from the first page on. Although she comes across a little naive in the beginning, she grows with the task and danger. It was fun to root for her, fever for her and feel for her when things didn't always work out the way they should.

Summoned up: A great story for kids! The world is innocent but mixed with just enough danger to keep one turning from one page to the next. In the end, one wishes they were a Hapenny themselves or at least, would have the chance to visit them.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura Pauling on February 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
What a cute story!!! I wish I was an 8 year old girl again, or 10 year old, heck, any age!

Follow Maewyn on her magical adventure as she learns the terrible secret behind her mean guardian, as she strikes out on her own to learn magick with the help of two wizards and how to protect the villagers she loves. And hapennies are small, trolls are big, so Mae has quite the challenge to overcome! She learns about friendship and family and sacrifice.

Beautifully written, wonderful to read aloud or curl up in a corner to read on a rainy day, girls will love this story. If your daughter enjoys fairy stories, Kate Dicamillo, or Gail Carson Levine, they'll enjoy Hapenny Magick!
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I enjoyed this enchanting tale immensely. It follows Maewyn Bridgepost, the smallest Hapenny of them all, who discovers she can wield magic. She soon finds herself in the company of a pair of wizards and on an adventure of a lifetime.

Just like the fairy tales of old, Hapenny Magick doesn't glance over the darker elements of the story. The author strikes just the right balance between whimsy and villainy as the tale unfolds and it all ends with a satisfying conclusion. The illustrations are lovely too and they capture the essence of the book at a glance.

Full of whimsy and wonder, this novel is perfect for any lover of fantasy––young or old.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anastasia on March 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is great! I love the story and the beautiful pictures. You can curl up with this book and become lost in a world of fantasy and magic. This is the perfect book for anybody who loves a good fantasy novel. The characters are so vivid and real, you feel as though they are your friends. The drawings add to the magic. This is a story of friendship, chivalry, and innocence that cannot be found anywhere else.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Asselin on February 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
The review above mine is so lovely, I'm not sure I can expand upon it. I thoroughly agree with the glowing compliments above.

This book is a wonderfully rich, and beautifully narrated story. Not to mention, beautifully illustrated. Great for read-aloud as well as middle-graders who love fantasy. It would make a great gift for the young reader in any household!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mona on February 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Pick up this little piece of magic and you won't want to set it down until you've finished reading-at least that's what happened to me.
Jennifer Carson's well written fairy-tale immediately takes us to a fantasy land of little people. Even when Mae discovers that she possesses magical powers, she stays loyal to her friends and neighbors. When she knows that wicked trolls have infiltrated into the land and others are on their way preparing to destroy it, she uses all of her magical powers and inner strength to try and figure out a way to save her people. My heart raced as a battle ensued. I'll leave the ending for you to read. I believe that this book will tickle the fantasy of any age reader or listener.
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