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Magic By Moonlight Paperback – February 1, 2011
About the Author
D. L. Cocchio has enjoyed writing stories for children since she was a child, is a published author, poet, and also enjoys reading, writing, crafts. She is fascinated by all things mystical and magical. Her first novel, Be Careful What You Wish For, has been out since 2003. Cocchio holds a degree in Psychology and is an elementary school teacher. Debbie lives in NJ with her husband, Gary and daughter, Jen.
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I loved that this book was historically correct and that, like the Time Warp Trio series, it can be used as educational material. It is a very quick read and does not contain any challenging vocabulary, I would rate it for 8-10 yr olds. It doesn't hold the same complexities as City of Ember or Harry Potter caliber Junior Fiction, but instead is a great intro to historical fiction for children. Overall a fun read and a great experience to read it together.
The Author surprised E by sending her complete care package including a bookmark and amulet just like in the story! She has been wearing her amulet almost every day and I am sure, wishing she too could travel back in time! This story is truly magical.
If your children are learning about the Salem Witch Trials or are history buffs -- or, love adventure -- then, this is a must read book. There is no difficult vocabulary and descriptions that you would feel uncomfortable reading with your young child. Who knows...maybe you will create a history lover out of your child after reading this page turner.
Magic by Moonlight is set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692--during the witch trials. Three modern day kids--Emily, Megan and Ben--are preparing to act in a school play about the Salem Witch Trials. While making a list of what they need to make the play realistic, they decide that it would be interesting to go back in time and experience history first-hand. When the three meet up with children their age who are living that difficult period in history, they are surprised to learn more than they bargained for.
Melding history with fantasy is a great way to learn about the past and how other people lived and believed. I also enjoyed the photos and drawings that appeared on the pages.
Now that I've read this story, I want to go back and read Cocchio's first novel, Be Careful What You Wish For, to see what period of time she chose to feature.
by Doris Anne Roop-Benner
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
Dr. Joy S. Pedersen
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