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4.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 5 4.11 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward Eager Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9780739366783
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Beloved by children (and the parents lucky enough to share it with them) since it was first published in 1954, Half Magic is the uproarious tale of four siblings who discover a charm that grants exactly half of whatever they wish for--with results that are twice as predictable (and hilarious) as you might expect.

Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha manage to cope with an unexpected trip to the Sahara and nearly a disastrous trip to the time of King Arthur. But can these plucky and resourceful children deal with the changes magic is bringing to their tight-knit family?

Set in Ohio in the late 1920s, yet fresh and funny now as the day it was written. Half Magic weaves its spell anew in this full cast recording that will entrance newcomers as well as fans who have loved this wonderful book for decades. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 2/2/2014

    " Despite the fact that this book was written over 60 years ago and takes place nearly 100 years ago, it's an enjoyable classic. Lots of adventure, female and male main characters (a must for my daughter, she needs to have at least 1 girl protagonist), easy reading. Definitely recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrine | 2/1/2014

    " I just finished reading this to my kids. Good read-a-loud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Markwal | 1/23/2014

    " It's really a nostalgia thing for me. My mother handed it to me on a day when I was kicking around complaining about being bored. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli | 1/14/2014

    " This was a great selection for our third-grade Mother/Daughter Book Club. Great, entertaining book exploring why you should be careful what you wish for and why you should find happiness in all the things you already have. Well written. Great characters. I highly recommend for elementary age reading boys or girls. Very unisex appeal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 12/27/2013

    " This is the first of a series of four classic children's stories by Edward Eager. The sequels are Magic By the Lake, Knight's Castle, and The Thyme Garden. They are unforgettable masterpieces. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry Lennhoff | 12/27/2013

    " One of my favorite kids book, both as a child and as an adult. Lovely characterization, excellent writing for reading aloud, amusing plot twists. The meeting is the desert is a special treat for those who have read more of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Diegert | 12/27/2013

    " This was a brief capitulation to nostalgia - I loved reading books about magic when I was a kid. Doug got me a set of 4 Edward Eager books including Half Magic. It was really fun to revisit the 50's - even though it's dated it's still fun and engaging - "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 12/21/2013

    " Yes, this is a book for young adults. But it is about magic AND it is hilarious. What if when you made a magic wish it came true, but only halfway? Hilarity, that's what happens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 12/19/2013

    " edward eager's books are wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Swagness Gold | 12/14/2013

    " best book in the world got to read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 11/29/2013

    " Very charming children/young adult's book. I would have enjoyed it immensely had I read it as a kid, but I am glad I read it as an adult for the first time. It was a pleasure to taste a little of the wonder and warmth that was so common in my childhood but so rare in my grown-up life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan Yip | 9/16/2013

    " Another one of my childhood favorites! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 5/20/2013

    " Fun story for small children, but the language and writing style were a bit dated rather than classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christie | 5/11/2013

    " "Half Magic" is a well written book. It shows that magic is not simple. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Thompson | 5/6/2013

    " We listened to this one together. We all thought it was ok. A fun idea, but the writing felt a little dated - (written in the 50's) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 3/17/2013

    " as charming and fun as i remembered! my kiddos loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 3/7/2013

    " I'd forgotten how much I enjoy children's books. Full of wonder, frivolity, and light-hearted fun with a tad of moral righteousness, Half Magic has inspired me to revisit old favorites and indulge myself in a tea party with my inner child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 11/28/2012

    " This was one of the best children's books I have read in a long time. The story is so fun and imaginative, and had all of us intrigued. A perfect read-aloud that I highly recommend! I'm thrilled to know there are more books in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tommy | 11/11/2012

    " Really funny and fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 10/11/2012

    " Charming and whimsical. Written with unobtrusive wit and wisdom. No bad guys, though: just ornery kids getting into and out of trouble. A recommendation from GGP. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 4/4/2012

    " A fun story about 4 siblings who get mixed up in some magic that only works in halves. When they mixed up in some interesting adventures they find that what they've been missing is a someone. . . who might it be? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Jen | 3/26/2012

    " Edward Eager is a favorite author in our house. The stories are imaginative yet free from the mucky muck that many newer books contain. They are perfect for a young child who is an advanced reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celeste | 1/1/2012

    " One of my absolute favorite book series of all time! This is my first time re-reading it in probably over a decade (since technically the versions we had when I was little belong to my brother and he took them) and, so far after this first book, it's as great as I remembered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jelimo kaitany | 11/21/2011

    " it was funny i loved the part with the burning plum on the knight's nose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juliet | 9/14/2011

    " By far my favorite. I like fictional stories a lot, especially those that include magic. I liked the part in the book where they went back into King Arthur's time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maia | 7/19/2011

    " I liked the half thing and thought it was a great idea. My favourite character is Jane. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jelimo | 5/22/2011

    " it was funny i loved the part with the burning plum on the knight's nose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aneesa | 4/29/2011

    " Read this to the boys. Lots of fun. They all loved it--and then went and checked out the sequel on their own!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 4/24/2011

    " This is a fun book for children younger than ten. I am going to read this with my eight year old because he will need some help with background information as the book is set in the early 1900s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 4/17/2011

    " Cute, imaginitive story. Simple to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beau | 3/18/2011

    " A fun kids book. Do you think of six unbelievable things before breakfast? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juliet | 3/17/2011

    " By far my favorite. I like fictional stories a lot, especially those that include magic. I liked the part in the book where they went back into King Arthur's time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimmy | 3/16/2011

    " This book is great. Something about kids getting to use magic, but with a fun twist, was cool. I think anyone who likes fantasy and understands what its like to be a kid will enjoy this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophia | 3/16/2011

    " This was an amazing book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 3/5/2011

    " I was looking for books for my cousin's birthday and came across this. I was shocked that I never read it when I was younger because I loved to read, and this book was definitely something I would have enjoyed at that time. I enjoyed it mow as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ami | 3/3/2011

    " Fun book. What would you do if you could have anything you wished for but unfortunately you only received half of it. Would that change your summer? It was silly and sweet. I really think my kids would like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anastasia | 3/2/2011

    " I read this a few years ago and I really loved it, I actually really want to read it again, or maybe I'll just buy it. It's amazing and it's amusing with half talking cats and people winding up halfway to where they wished they were. It's a very good read! "

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