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Save Magic City Paperback – December 15, 2010


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Michael Vey 4
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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse.com (December 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450264840
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450264846
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darlyn Rodzi on April 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
The book is totally adorable. I mean, what will happen if someone from 13th century travelled to your doorstep with a little magic come in handy? Well, I think I want one! With interesting plot like this, I grew wondering what's the story behind it and keep on reading to the last page. It started with a little introduction of how Leo and Leona met Edmund one day and the adventure begun. Although Edmund has magic, he can't use it on his will unless to help others. Leo always made Edmund use magic behind her mother's back (Leona) while she solves everything manually like any other normal human does. The children's characters are very enjoyable and really stand out. Leo, Raccoon and Squirrel (yes I know it's quite weird for names), are very adorable kids and sometime they are witty and funny too. They were like a trio that tried to save the town, as to help Edmund uses his magic to let Leona wins the election to be the mayor of the town. The book is very suitable to kids, and readers of all ages. The kids will able to learn some good like friendship, teamwork, confident, learning history of another century, as well as doing good deeds to others. Even though some where in the middle will has a slow pace, the book is worth reading and you'll find it enjoyable too. This is a wonderful book that I fully recommend for kids and teens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Porascu on March 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Save Magic City" is based on realities around us. In Detroit, after the auto-industry debacle the situation was very much the same as the one described in this book -- City-hall took over 23,000 empty houses as a result of corporate business close-down.

Leona, a young woman who leaves with her adopted son, can see no way to get out of this situation and hopes her prayers for help will be heard in a higher instance than the earthly one. However, when she finds Edmund and discovers he might be able to do magic, she is afraid of the aftereffects.

Internet is a source of magic power for Edmund who cannot accept Leona's statement that magic does not exist. What better proof than the children themselves?

Leo, Leona's son, has accepted Edmund "as-is" and is thirsty to learn from him. Squirrel is ready to let everybody know of her talent to hear everyone's mind voice, and is grateful for Edmund's advent. Without the magician among them, her talent would have labeled her as weird. And Raccoon is a computer wizard -- a magician in his own power. Yet, they are still only kids and need help from the grown-ups around them.

I found it good reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Misha on March 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
Leona lives with her adopted son, Leo, in a dying town in USA in 2007. The corporation which was the main employer of the town has abandoned it, leaving the town's people unemployed with bank foreclosures looming on them. Soon more and more people are leaving the town to look for greener pastures beyond. Leona desperately prays for help to save her town and the help comes in an unexpected form. An evil wizard in 14th century England, Sir Edmund has been banished from his time by Lord Sloane and cursed by his brother-in-law to obey the orders of the one who finds him for good or else suffer from excruciating pain. As a result of the curse Edmund is found by Leona. At first reluctant to accept Edmund's magical help, Leona is encouraged by her son, Leo and his friends Squirrel and Raccoon to accept the help. Propelled by the town's growing desperation, Leon gradually starts accepting the need for magic.

Save Magic City is a book that reflects the adverse effects of capitalism and privatisation on our lives from the eyes of children and a stranger to our time. It reflects how easily an entire town can be devastated, if the main employing firm decides to quit the town and how utterly depended we are on that one corporation. All this has been weaved together with magical elements to make a unique story. In Save Magic City, we see the struggles of the people who are reeling under unemployment and bank foreclosures. Like we tend to do in our times of trouble, Leona too wishes for a miracle to save her town and her miracle comes in the form of Edmund. With him comes the magic. Something else that I liked about this book is the active role the children play in trying to save their city.
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I love fantasy books and this is one. Medieval times meet modern times. The book aspires our children to do better. In this book children and magic save their community. A great book for teens and adults alike. How we can improve our community by banning together and lending a helping hand.
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