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The Story of the Amulet (Puffin Classics) Paperback – August 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Puffin Classics
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reissue edition (August 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140367527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140367522
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Edith Nesbit (1858 – 1924), was a mischievous, tomboyish child who grew up to be an unconventional adult. She and her husband were founder members of the socialist Fabian Society and their home became a centre for socialist and literary discussion. Their friends included some of the time’s greatest writers and thinkers, including George Bernard Shaw and H. G. Wells.

Everything about Edith showed her as a woman trying to break out of the mould demanded by English society at the time – she expressed her individuality through her clothes, hairstyle, lifestyle and her habit of speaking forcefully on almost any subject. She lived her socialism and late in life her charitable deeds brought her close to bankrupcy.

E. Nesbit – she always used the plain initial for her writing and was sometimes thought to be a man – started to write for children after years of successful writing for adult magazines. She was asked to write about her childhood but instead of facts chose to describe her happy girlhood in fiction. The result was books still read today, firm bestsellers for decades. She was brilliant at combining real-life situations with elements of fantasy and humour. Films –such as The Railway Children - have kept her stories in the public eye and her magical fantasies, including Five Children and It, continue to delight each new generation of children.


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It is a well written and thought-provoking book.
Caitlin
This wasn't the book "The Story of the Amulet" this was "The Phoenix and the Carpet".
lor
It's clear to me that she influenced both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.
Genevieve Perkes

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
E. Nesbit completed her best known trilogy of fantasy books with The story of the Amulet. It returns us to the lives of the brothers and sisters we met in Five Children and It and The Phoenix and the Carpet. But the tone is darker and the freedom from adult observation is due to lonelyness rather than holiday freedoms, as was the case in the earlier novels. The children's parents are in danger of their life, and they find themselves faced with the chance to help when they meet the iracible Psammiad again. It leads them to a time travelling amulet, which might have the power to grant them their hearts desire.
Much of the charm of this book comes from the realism of the children's characters. No matter that they dress in the plus fours and petticoats of the Edwardian age, their bickering and wonder in the face of magical events makes them timeless.
A marvelous book, and a farewell to a familier group of children hovering on the verge of adulthood.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is one really fun and exciting adventure. E. Nesbit is one of the best children's authors ever. I suggest that anyone interested start with Five Children and It, which is even better. I would recommend this book to anyone!
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Caitlin on August 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
I liked "The Story of the Amulet", by Edith Nesbit. It is a well written and thought-provoking book. The children introduced in "The Five Children and It" and seen again in "The Pheonix and the Carpet" are back once more to finish the trio. As in "The Pheonix and the Carpet", this is a travelling book. However in this book the children travel in both time and space to search for the other half of an amulet that, when joined, will give the children their heart's desire. I removed a star for a few reasons. One, out of the five books by Nesbit that I have read, this is ranked 5th. That is not to say that this was a bad book. It's just that I thought the other ones were better. Two, I like the books where the characters are granted wishes best, as in "The Five Children and It". However, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes magical happenings, time travel, and those who liked other Edith Nesbit books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 10, 2009
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I ended up buying this series of books for my K2 after we watched the film "Five Children & IT" recently. I have really enjoyed reading all three of these books. The conversion is pretty good. No missing words or strange characters to speak of. Underscores are used before and after words that were probably italicized in the DTB versions.

Although they are "children's literature" the language and the time period make them interesting for any adult who enjoys fantasy or time-period stories.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Moore on September 26, 2010
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I loved her books when I was a child in the sixties and I love to think that they have been around for over a hundred years and yet they are still wonderful stories that don't feel at all old-fashioned. The world they are set in is certainly different from ours, which adds to their interest, but the writing is immediate and there is nothing mannered or didactic that one might associate with books from Victorian times. A combination of lively, very real children, with sometimes a little magic thrown in and sometimes just the adventures children have when they're not too closely supervised, the books are fast-paced, humorous and adorably wholesome.
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By lor on September 25, 2013
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This wasn't the book "The Story of the Amulet" this was "The Phoenix and the Carpet". I don't know how nobody caught this yet.

Likes: It is a book by E. Nesbit.
It is a book in the series of the story of the amulet.

Dislikes: It is NOT "The Story of the Amulet"
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It's too bad more people don't know this author better. It's clear to me that she influenced both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. She is smart, funny, and her stories are endlessly inventive. I actually like this book better than her others (although I like them too). Another really good one is The Book of Dragons, which has great short stories, each one a gem.
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