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Meeting (Magic Next Door) Hardcover – August 4, 2011

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Since the implantation of a sissimi (a protector spirit) in her arm in Thresholds (2010), Maya must navigate in two different spheres: the reality of home and school life and the alternate worlds opened to her by the magical folks who live next door. Mind melding with an alien and his sissimi makes Maya more aware of potential powers and wonders, but demands from every side leave her unsure of her path. While developing an ever-increasing cast of secondary characters, the engaging second book in the Magic Next Door series steeps the ongoing story in a spellbinding brew of magic and middle school. Grades 5-7. --Carolyn Phelan

About the Author

Over the past twenty-four years, Nina Kiriki Hoffman has sold novels, juvenile and media tie-in books, short story collections, and more than two hundred short stories. Her works have been finalists for the Nebula, World Fantasy, Mythopoeic, Sturgeon, and Endeavour awards. Her first novel, The Thread That Binds the Bones, won a Stoker Award. Nina's YA novel Spirits that Walk in Shadow and her science fiction novel Catalyst were published in 2006. Her fantasy novel Fall of Light will be published by Ace Books in May.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Magic Next Door (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile; First Edition edition (August 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670012831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670012831
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,109,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Nina Kiriki Hoffman wrote one of my most favorite books ever (THE THREAD THAT BINDS THE BONES) and from then on she couldn't do wrong by me. She's one of those authors whose novels I purchase just because her name's on the cover, and there are only select authors who I think merit that sort of devotion (Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Terry Pratchett, Tim Powers, Roger Zelazny, Dick Francis). Nina Kiriki Hoffman's MEETING is the second book in her Magic Next Door series; it's the sequel to THRESHOLDS. It's one of them YA or even middle school reads. Don't let that stop you even if you're a full-time grown up. You'll only miss out on Hoffman's remarkable craftsmanship and that delicate sense of wonder she infuses into her stories.

THRESHOLDS introduced us to twelve-year-old Maya Andersen whose family had just moved to Spores Ferry, Oregon. Maya was still grieving the loss of her best friend Stephanie who had finally succumbed to cancer. The decision to relocate the fam was in part to give Maya a fresh start. In Spores Ferry, Maya befriended the strange kids living next door, in the reclusive Janus House Apartments. In Spores Ferry, Maya discovered magic and the possibility of alien worlds (Janus House's basement boasts an intergalactic portal). She's also had an alien egg embedded in her wrist which then hatched, giving birth to Rimi, an alien, specifically a sissimi. Rimi and Maya are bonded now and inseparable best friends, the high-spirited and very curious Rimi having taken on the aspect of Maya's shadow. It's cute that Rimi loves to taste everything and she loves sharing the taste with Maya. Sometimes Rimi will sample something from the garbage. Maya's not down with that.

As MEETING opens, six weeks or so have elapsed since the events in THRESHOLDS.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By omnivorous Reader 42 on September 6, 2011
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When Nina Kiriki Hoffman started this series I was happy & sad. Happy because I am a fan of hers and of YA books. Sad because I knew she wouldn't be writing adult books while doing these (selfish, I know). The first in this series was a little light on content, but the second one is a much more solid book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Risa Scranton on October 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As in previous works by Nina, we find ourselves immersed in a totally new reality with characters who become familiar friends in a matter of paragraphs. Nina's scrupulous attention to detail and her brilliant and vivid imagination propel us forward breathlessly as we see what happens next! This is part 2 of a trilogy -- now I can't wait for the final book!
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Format: Kindle Edition
It started out as an awesome book, well written and compelling, and I would have given it 5 stars. But then it didn't end! The book ended before the plot! AAAAAAAH! I hate when books do that. It's like the author could't think of a solution to the various mysteries she introduced into the plot, so she just said "oh well, that should be good enough" and ended the book right there. So I read the sequel, and the same thing happened! STILL no plot resolution. Maybe the series is supposed to continue? IDK, there are no more sequels as of now...such a disappointment!
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