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Product Details

  • Series: Keyholders
  • Library Binding: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Paw Prints; Reprint edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144200245X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442002456
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,506,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 2, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The hedge abetted by magic protects the residents of Morgantown from supernatural creatures like the evil Boggarts whose queen plans to invade the town and then the world. Meanwhile best friends Penny and Luke visit their neighbor Mr. Leery, who asks them to watch his cat Mr. Mo as he attends a funeral of an associate; they agree.

The kids meet a strange fifth grader who wants to see Mr. Leery. When Mr. Mo goes berserk the weird kid flees. Mr. Leery returns and explains to the two kids that they are apprentice keyholders, a job that Penny accepts while Luke wants to decline. Mr. Leery explains he is the last of three keyholders who insure the hedge magic remains strong to keep the Boggarts out; they and someone else will replace him and his two late associates after two centuries on the job. As Penny connects with Kirin the sarcastic unicorn and Luke with Dracula the baby dragon, they learn the third keyholder is the snob Natalie who connects aptly so with Buttercup the rat, and the weird kid is a Boggart spy. Though not ready the three fifth grade keyholders must prevent the Boggart hordes from invading Morgantown.

The first Keyholders' urban fantasy is a fun often amusing thriller. The tale starts off a bit slow as the players are introduced, but the pace picks up once Mr. Leery leaves town. Penny and Luke are likable kids while affluent snob Natalie is not. The apprentice trio has some humorous moments as they battle the Boggart spy and attempt to prevent the invasion to the delight of elementary school age readers.

Harriet Klausner
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By Hannah T on February 28, 2014
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My listener liked this story and the characters ......enough that we bought the following three books in the series. Book one lays the groundwork well.
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By Embeeous on February 22, 2014
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I've been struggling with a great series of books for my seven year old, this one solves the issue for now, until we get through all four of the series. Not sure what to do after that :) Great writing, good tales with plenty of suspense, thought provoking intrigue, great character development and dialogue, great for me to read to him but also for him to read and understand back to me. And some very funny stuff, we've had a lot of laughs at bedtime. Thank you Debbie Dadey, I look forward to reading through this entire series with both kids and looking at some of her other stuff. Highly recommended.
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The book I am reviewing is This Side of Magic. This book is fiction. There was two kids named Luke and Penny and they find out they are key holders to protect the world. What will happen next?? You will have to read the book to find out! My favorite part was when Luke and Penny found out they are key holders. I think people who like magic will like this book. I loved this book because it was exciting and I like magic too. There are also books like: The Wrong Side of Magic, Inside the Magic, and The Other Side of Magic. I will do reviews on those books but now I am doing this review. I give this book 5/5 stars.
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More About the Author

Marcia Thornton Jones is the author of more than 125 books including RATFINK, CHAMP, GODZILLA ATE MY HOMEWORK LEPRECHAUN ON THE LOOSE, and THE TALE OF JACK FROST. She is the co-author of the writing guide, STORY SPARKERS, and seven best-selling children's series including "Keyholders", "The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids", "Bailey City Monsters", "The Bailey School Kids Junior Chapter Books", "Ghostville Elementary", "Trplet Trouble", and "The Barkley School for Dogs." Her books have been honored and recognized by The Children's Top 100 Books, Children's Choice Award List, Publisher's Weekly Bestsellers list, The Elementary Library Book Award (ELBA), the Humane Society KIND Honor Book list. She is a proud recipient of the Milner Award and is listed as a top 100 author by the Educational Paperback Association.

Besides writing, Marcia enjoys presenting at schools and conferences. As a veteran teacher with 25 years of experience, she easily relates the importance of writing and reading to students of all ages.

Marcia was born in Joliet, IL but has spent most of her life in Lexington, KY. She currently lives in Lexington with her husband, Stephen, and their two cats. To find out more about Marcia, visit her web site at www.marciatjones.com.