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Seven-Day Magic (Tales of Magic) Paperback – August 16, 1999

Book 7 of 7 in the Magic Series

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It's hard for any book with magic in it not to pale next to the Harry Potter phenomenon. However, Seven- Day Magic can just about stoop to the challenge. Five children discover a mysterious red book at the library and eventually they discover that it's writing the story of their own wishful adventures--a story they make up as they go, and then witness coming to life in the red book's pages. Along their way, the children meet a dragon, a wizard, and the baby and little girl from Half Magic, another Eager book. Another adventure starts when the children are transported back in time with grandmother and nearly perish in a blizzard. Disaster almost strikes again when the friends wish themselves at a television rehearsal and it nearly costs one of their fathers his job on a show. The children return the book to the library and wonder who will find it next. Although written nearly forty years ago, Seven-Day Magic has a timeless feel, even if the adventures seem a bit tame by modern standards. 1999 (orig. ) (Children's Literature)

About the Author

Edward Eager was a playwright and lyricist who turned his hand to children's books after reading the stories of the great British fantasist E. Nesbit. His seven books remain among the most popular children's fantasies ever written by an American. 

N. M. Bodecker, an illustrator and author of children's books, died of cancer of the colon Feb. 1 at his home in Hancock, N.H. He was 66 years old.


For many years Mr. Bodecker's illustrations appeared in Harper's magazine, as well as The Saturday Evening Post, Esquire and Holiday.


He also illustrated books for adults and children's books by other authors, but he was best known for the many children's books that he wrote and illustrated himself. Awards for Poetry.

Niels Mogens Bodecker was born and educated in Copenhagen. He emigrated to the United States after World War II and lived for 20 years in New York City and Westport, Conn., before moving to Hancock in 1972. 


He is survived by three sons, Alexander, of Portland, Ore., Torsten, of San Francisco, and Niels, of Hancock.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Series: Tales of Magic
  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World; 1 edition (August 16, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152020780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152020781
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great read aloud to children.
Sara Connolly
Funny and intriguing, this book tells the story of five children who find a magic book and make wishes on it that cause excitement, adventure and even trouble!
Jonathan Mitchell
I first read this book over 35 years ago and to this day I can remember the joy I got from it.
Haley Parnham

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Haley Parnham on August 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
I first read this book over 35 years ago and to this day I can remember the joy I got from it. The magic of this and other books by Edward Eager is the way he weaves the adventures of magic into the lives of ordinary children. Seven Day Magic is a must-read for any child who has an imagination (what child doesn't, is what I want to know!). As you travel through this story with Susan, John, Barnaby, Abbie, and Fredericka you find yourself hoping the next book you check out from the library has the same magical formula as the one they find. This is a fun book to read with your parents (or with your kids). Enjoy!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By julip510 on July 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
John, Susan, Barnaby (never Barney!), Abbie and Fredericka just LOVE books! Every Saturday is a self-proclaimed “Book Day” and they head to the local library to check out exciting books. As the story opens, they are all sitting in the local library discussing their desire to find a magic book. When it is time to check out their books, Susan grabs a battered red leather-bound book from the shelf, almost as an after-thought. As the librarian checks out the books, she stamps the red book, eyes the children curiously, and states, “THIS is a 7 Day book.” With that the adventures begin. In this book, Mr. Eager pays homage to the great children’s author Edith Nesbit and even mentions the Oz books…among many other popular and historical literary references. The magic in this book isn’t the “do-gooder” magic used as a basis for his books “Magic or Not?” and “The Well-Wishers” …in fact, this book even has a dragon! A fine book in the tradition of magic themed books for children and one of Eager’s better works.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Fairportfan on July 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
By "meta-fantasy", i mean that this is a fantasy about fantasy -- even referencing the author's own fiction *as* fiction.
And it is hilarious. As soon as Susan begins reading aloud from the seven-day book that she checked out of the library on a whim... nd reads the opening paragraphs of the book that the reader is already holding in his hands, we know we're in for a strange ride, indeed, even for Edward Eager, who gave us "Half Magic" (in which there is a magic charm which grants one-half of what one wishes; a wish to visit a desert island puts one in the Sahara -- "Desert, yes -- island, no.") and "The Time Garden" (in which one set of magically-adventuring children rescue another set from another of his books from cannibals).
So first read the "Half Magic" books (currently available as a boxed set), then grab this one and fasten your seat belts, keep arms and hands inside the car at all times, and enjoy the ride.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Seven-Day

Magic

Book Review

Edward Eager

Andrew

Barnaby, Abbie, Fredericka, John, and Susan LOVE books! Every Saturday they go to the library and take out some. When the story starts, they are sitting in the library. "The best kind of book is a magic book," said Barnaby. "Naturally," said John. "The best kind of magic book," said Barnaby, "is when it's about ordinary people like us, and then something happens and it's magic." "Like when you find a nickel, but it isn't at all a nickel, it's a half-magic talisman," said Susan. "Or you're playing and someone asks you `Is this the road to Butterfield?'" said Abbie. "Only it isn't, it's the road to Oz!" shrilled Fredericka. Then, just as they're checking out, Susan grabbed an interesting-looking red book. The Librarian looked at her strangely, but just said, "That's a seven-day book." On the way home, Susan read aloud from her book. "'The best kind of book is a magic book,' said Barnaby. `Naturally,' said John. `The best kind of magic book,'"...... Her voice trailed off. The grand adventure had begun. Through this great work of literature, Edward Eager expresses comedy, drama, novelty, and fun! The red book was magic and if somebody picked it up it would turn into whatever kind of book they liked best. Since John, Susan, Barnaby and Fredericka wanted a magic book, it turned into one that they could wish upon, and wrote down whatever they did. A dragon captures Fredericka. They visit what happened after the book Half Magic ended. John and Susan's Grandmother accidentally wishes herself to be in her "prime," and they find themselves in an old schoolhouse fifty years ago. Then they go to Fredericka, Barnaby and Abbie's father's T.V.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 1999
Format: Turtleback
I absolutley loved this book! Five children named John, Susan, Barnaby, Abby and Frederika find a book at the library that combines their real lives with their favorite books. My favorite chapter is, of course, "Losing It," in which the children meet the little girl and baby from "Half Magic"! They have their way with the magic and thwart it, and the magic has its way and thwarts them, just like in any good Eager book. Needless to say, next to Half Magic, I think this is Edward Eager's BEST book. Shame he didn't live long enough to write a sequel to this one, too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
seven day-magic is an amazingly magical book. It is about 5 children(Abbie,john,Susan,Barnaby,and Fredricka) who finds a magic book that changes their lives forever. Everyone gets a wish,even granny! Sometimes they don't get what they wanted and their wish turns into a disaster!! They can only have the book for 7 days. the book was the best thing that ever happened to them,so on the seventh day they are sad to take the book back. This would be a great book for anyone that likes magic. Anyone at any age can read this book. Almost anyone can relate to any of the characters! I definitely suggest this book!!
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