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Magic by the Lake Paperback – March 31, 1999

4.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
Book 3 of 7 in the Magic Series

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"The combination of real children and fantasy is convincing and funny."  —Booklist

"The same mélange of realism and fantasy, witty talk and believable characterization that has come to be the hallmark of Mr. Eager’s stories.”  —The New York Times Book Review
 

Book Description

Previous paperback edition:
$6.99 PA/$7.99 CAN
ISBN 978-0-15-202076-7 ,  ,
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Series: Tales of Magic (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Odyssey Classics (March 31, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152020764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152020767
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on November 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
This was a really great book. It is about 4 children who visit a lake with their mom and Mr.Smith (their stepfather). Very strange things begin to happen when the children make magical wishes. They visit the South Pole, the Arabian desert, and a mysterious island. I recommend this book to all children who love magic.
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~ I just introduced my nieces, ages 8-11, to the Edward Eager books, when they ran out of Harry Potter to read. They love them, as I did when I read them 30 years ago.
The adventures of these independent and adventurous children are always amusing and fun. There is usually enough sense of danger in the magical adventures to make them suspenseful, without being too frightening. I always enjoyed the author's ability to describe realistic brother and sister relationships. Some of the arguments in his stories remind me so much of squabbles with my own brother!
~ I think "Magic by the Lake" was my favorite. The adventures were very imaginative and fun to read. I loved the chapter in which two sisters wish to be "grown up"- unfortunately, they get their wish, at least temporarily!
These books are wonderful because they are no less fun now, then 2 generations ago, when they were written. This author should be on all kid's bookshelves!
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By A Customer on April 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is the sequel to Half Magic. It is GREAT!!! Jane, Mark, Kathrine, and Martha are on vacation and spend the summer in a cottage on a lake with their parents. They have no idea, though, that the lake is magic.
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In about 1958, a book-of-the-month club for children sent me "Magic by the Lake". I read it with delight then, read it to my children in the early 90s, and confidently expect them to read it with their children. Its combination of magic, wit and adventure is timeless. Better yet, it includes many references to other children's classics, making your young readers want to branch out. The Bodecker illustrations are a treat to look at. Read it aloud on your own summer vacation - a chapter each night by the campfire!
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Format: Kindle Edition
Eager’s seven magic books are all entertaining and inventive, if a bit dated. This fantasy features the same four children as in its predecessor, “Half Magic.” While on vacation they catch a turtle and wish offhandedly that their cottage’s name “Magic by the Lake” would come true. The turtle says “Now you’ve done it,” and they see that the lake is awash with magical beings (including sea serpents and fairies). After the turtle and the children set some ground rules (such as that adults will not notice the magic), their adventures begin. The plot is episodic, taking each wish in turn. Some of the wishes are a bit stereotypical but still fun (although the “cannibals” might be a bit less than politically correct). In one adventure they cross paths with some other children who are also in the midst of a magical adventure. If you want to know more about them, read “The Time Garden” for the same episode from the other children’s perspective as well as “Knight’s Castle.”
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A Kid's Review on October 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
Do you like to read about magic? Well I do! Why read Jack and Jill read Magic by the Lake by Edward Eager. I chose to this book Magic by the lake by Edward Eager because it is very fascinating. It's about four kids that went to a lake with their mother and stepfather. There they found a magical tutrle! The story is very cool! If you have read Half Magic by Edward Eager, it's just like it. I liked Half Magic because the same kids find a rockon the sidewalk that was magical. The worse thing was that the rock only half of the magic wish. What ever the kids wished for was only half successful. For example, Knights that the they wished for were not in one piece, they were in two pieces! I hope you will be interested in both of these books!
Magic by the Lake has many interesting characters. Their names are Jane who is the eldest, Mark, Kathryn, and Martha who is the youngest sibling,their dearest Mother, their new stepfather and their cat Carrie. If you have read Half Magic by Edward Eager, the kids have a long boring summer with nothing to do. Then they find a magical rock on the sidewalk while walking home. Their Mother marries Mr. Smith and that's why Mr. Smith is in the second book,but not in the first book. As I was saying, Jane(the eldest sibling)and Mark are the smart ones,Kathryn trails around and Martha is the baby. This explains the four childeren. hope you find this book as fastinating as I did!
My feelings about Magic by the Lake by Edward Eager are very strong. They are strong because the book has many story lines about Jane, Mark, Katartin, and Martha's wishes. For example, swimming with a mermaid is one of their wishes. Some of their wishes were not the very best because they should have given more thought before they made a wish. As I was saying in the beginning, I strongly recommend this book to people who love magic. I hope you enjoyed my book review! So long!
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I loved Edward Eager books when I was a kid and my nieces love them too. It's hard to get them to read 'old fashioned' books but they love these. They are timeless. I bought a bunch and re-read them before I passed them on. They are still a delight. The magic keeps the kids happy too. Great adventure stories, well written and really enjoyable.
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