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I loved this book in grade school, and although many of the references are dated (it was originally published in 1967), "Octagon Magic" is still a great read. DO NOT buy the Starscape Books edition, however, as it is full of spelling errors. There are several previous editions of this book without the copy-editing mishaps of this one, and I recommend purchasing one of them instead.
After a terrible week highlighted by Rob's disgusting sister Kathy "killing" her doll Miranda, Lorrie runs to Octagon House where Hallie introduces her to Miss Charlotta. When the child comes home she tells Aunt Margaret about her visit to Octagon House and receives permission to return. At the house, Lorrie searches for Sabina the cat and finds a strange room with a dollhouse and old dolls inside. That leads the exploring child back in time to the nineteenth century where she meets Lotta Ashemeade, Phin and Phoebe. Lorrie's adventures into understanding behavior have just begun.
The reissue of the second "Magic" tale (see STEAL MAGIC) will bring joy to preadolescent readers. The story line focuses on unhappy Lorrie as she fails to adjust to her environs, blaming others for her misery. She and the key cast are fully developed so that her woes seem genuine and monumental (remember she is a sixth grader). Her escapade into the Victorian Age provides her with lessons in group dynamics and inter-human relationships that she takes back to her present as memories. Though too slow for adults, the ten to twelve year old crowd will appreciate a visit to Octagon House.
Lorrie's Canadian background is a bit vague, especially as regards the brief mention of her parents, but otherwise handled well. The book, after all, concerns her future, not her past. Magic is meant to be mysterious, and its secrets help Lorrie to eventually accept her new environment.
Reviewed by Sarah Jones for Flamingnet Book Reviews.
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