Magic or Not? (Tales of Magic)

by Edward Eager

Other authorsN. M. Bodecker (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2016



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PB Eag




HMH Books for Young Readers (2016), Edition: Reprint, 224 pages


When the family moves to Connecticut, twins James and Laura make new friends and begin a series of unusual adventures after discovering an old well that seems to be magic in their backyard.


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224 p.; 5.13 inches

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LibraryThing member antiquary
This book was bought for my brother and me by our well-intentioned parents because we loved the first four Edward Eager books, an interlocking series with genuine magic. Unfortunately, this book and its sequel The Well-wishers are very ambiguous about whether there is any real magic, and we were
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very disappointed. I don't know whether Eager was bowing to the osychologists who said real fantasy was bad for children, or just imitating his idol E. Nesbit, some of whose books (e.g. the Bastable series) are quasi-realist with no magic.
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LibraryThing member norabelle414
An enchanting book that I loved when I was younger.

Two kids move to the country and meet up with two neighbors, and the four of them go on adventures together. They make wishes in a wishing well in the backyard that always seem to come true, but not exactly how they wanted.

The best part is that
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everything could just be a coincidence, so the kids don't know whether or not magic is actually causing their adventures.

Very reminiscent of E. Nesbit's work, especially Five Children and It.
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LibraryThing member debnance
One of the Edward Eager books I missed as a child. Laura moves into a new home with a well that, according to knowledgable sources, grants wishes. What wishes will the well willingly work?




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