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The Magic Book

Willo Davis Roberts

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ISBN 10: 0689311206 / ISBN 13: 9780689311208
Published by Simon & Schuster (Juv), 1986
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Title: The Magic Book

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Juv)

Publication Date: 1986

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st Ed..

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A used magic book mysteriously attaches itself to Alex and his friends, who use its various spells with varying results, until they discover the true secret of success

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Grade 4-7 A book of magic spells and potions falls mysteriously into 12-year-old Alex's hands. When the book opens itself to a page describing a spell that will make a bully change his ways, Alex knows that this is just what he needs to deal with Norman, the class bully. Alex and two friends try the spell on Norman, and they stalk him to see what will happen. It is unclear which is more effective in teaching Norman that it hurts to be a victimthe injury he receives during the earthquake that occurs after the spell is cast or the unnerving effect of being stalked. Exciting events such as boilers blowing up and midnight visits to graveyards are attention-getters, but they overshadow Alex's accomplishment of being able to stand up to the bully when he terrorizes Alex's younger brother. Alex knows that the self-confidence he gains by his act of bravery will help him more than magic spells, but readers might miss the point. Magic potions that smoke and smell, combined with a bully story, are sure to interest young readers. The main characters are well developed and the story moves along briskly, but it is too bad that the theme of learning to stand up to a bully gets muddled by the magic. For a more straightforward bully story, see Pat Mauser's Bundle of Sticks (Atheneum, 1982). Virginia Golodetz, St. Michael's College, Winooski, Vt.
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