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Octagon House has an overrun yard, and most of the local children thinks that a witch must live there. Then Lorrie, a new girl, takes refuge in the overgrown yard from bullies and finds that the place isn't quite what it seems.
The two women who live there aren't witches, but the house is rather strange. Sometimes doors (including the front gates) will open, other times they will not. The strangest thing, however, is the dollhouse version of Octagon House in the toy room., When she climbs up on the rocking horse in the room, she finds herself entering the past- and the dollhouse. In a series of adventures she learns about the people who had, at one time or another found refuge there. She also learns how to deal with the people in her new town.
While Octagon House fascinates Lorrie, others just see it as an old property of no particular value. When Lorrie learns that the property is going to be seized by the city to put a road through it, she sets her heart on saving it. But can she?
When Lorrie's grandmother got sick, eleven year old Lorrie is sent to live with her aunt in the USA. Things were different back home in Canada and Lorrie is very homesick--especially when boys like that mean ole Jimmy Purvis and Stan Worminski (the Worm) start to tease her by singing songs such as "Cannuck, cannuck, walks like a duck." One day Lorrie finds herself at the door of the Octagon House, where she is welcomed by the elderly Miss Ashmeade and her servant Hallie. Could the kindly, elderly Miss Ashmeade truly be a witch like everybody says?
Lorrie doesn't know, but with the help of an old rocking horse and a dollhouse that she finds in the mysterious eight-sided room, she begins to unlock the secrets of the Octagon House.
I read this because there is an eight year old girl who needs a book to read. I can't imagine a better book to introduce her to the Grand Dame. This book is highly recommended for bright young girls of any age (8 might be a little young. If you know a better book, please post a comment.
*** caution: There is a very brief and mild anti-slavery episode in this book. You might want to be prepared to discuss the whole anti-slavery thing .***
Gunner, August, 2009
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.