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Half Magic (Tales of Magic) Hardcover – March 31, 1999

4.6 out of 5 stars 245 customer reviews
Book 1 of 7 in the Magic Series

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Edward Eager has been delighting young readers for more than 40 years with stories that mix magic and reality. Half Magic, the most popular of his tales about four children who encounter magical coins, time-travel herb gardens, and other unlikely devices, is a warm, funny, original adventure. The title refers to a coin that the children find. Through a comical series of coincidences, they discover that the coin is magic. Well, it's not totally magic--it's only (you guessed it) half magic. That means there's a certain logic to the wishes one must make to generate a desired outcome. Imagine the results emerging from inaccurate efforts: half invisible, half rescued, half everything! Half Magic is never too cute, and with just enough emotion to complement the magic, this classic is sure to hold a special place in any child's library. If you love Half Magic, its sequels--Knight's Castle, The Time Garden, and Magic by the Lake--have also been reissued in lovely hardcover editions, complete with N.M. Bodecker's original illustrations and covers by Quentin Blake. (Ages 8 to 12)


Half Magic is a funny, charming, timeless book, as much a pleasure to read to a child now as it was forty years ago. Those who had it read to them then may even have an obligation to pass on the pleasure.”  —The New York Times Book Review

* "Ingenious make-believe. . . . Satisfying variety, surprise, and laughter. . . . A book children will want to read at one sitting."  —Library Journal, starred review

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: Tales of Magic (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; First Thus edition (March 31, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152020691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152020699
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,988,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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