The Time of Green Magic
The Time of Green Magic

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Annotation: “Possibly the finest writer of our time.” —Elizabeth Wein, New York Times bestselling author of Code Name Verity From aw... more
Catalog Number: #220124
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 240
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-534-46276-7 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-8457-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-534-46276-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-8457-3
Dewey: Fic
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
A mysterious house reveals startling secrets.Eleven-year-old Abigail is less than pleased: Her beloved Granny Grace has returned to Jamaica and her widowed father, Theo, has combined households with his new wife, Polly, and her boys, Max, 13, and Louis, 6. After moving into an ivy-covered North London house that they can—with belt-tightening—just afford, the normal upheaval of blended-family life takes an otherworldly turn. Abi emerges from reading The Kon-Tiki Expedition to find the book damp and salty. There’s a flash of green wing—a parrot’s?—and a mysterious tropical seashell. It’s wondrous if unnerving, but Iffen is another order of magic entirely. Plaintive Louis, who loves Abi persistently and unreservedly, welcomes through his ivy-framed bedroom window a feline friend he dubs Iffen. But Iffen grows to potentially deadly proportions—while Polly temporarily works overseas, Theo picks up additional nursing shifts, ill-tempered Max simultaneously navigates an unrequited crush on the French babysitter and a cold war with his former best friend, and Abi retreats into her books. The quest to rescue Louis from Iffen ultimately saves them all. Readers will find the banter, humor, warmth, and cheerful chaos of the family’s lives irresistible. Avid bookworms and die-hard book resisters alike will find sympathetic mirrors, and the latter may well be won over to reading. Abi, her dad, and grandmother are cued as black; all other characters are white.Overflowing with heart and magic. (Fabulism. 9-13)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* When 11-year-old Abi and her recently blended family (father Theo, stepmother Polly, and stepbrothers 13-year-old Max and 6-year-old Louis) move into their new home, she's relieved to have her own room, but she struggles to adjust to having brothers. Soon after Polly leaves on an extended business trip, the magic starts. Interrupted while absorbed in reading Kon-Tiki, Abi finds that her book is inexplicably drenched with salt water. Louis, who longs for an owl as a companion, attracts a different creature to his bedroom: a leopard-like cat that grows from small and wild to enormous and terrifying. And Max, meeting Louis' new babysitter, experiences a different sort of enchantment: his first overwhelming, painful, life-changing crush. McKay's own magic is the ability to portray individuals, their quirky differences, and their shifting relationships in ways that seem realistic and uncommonly absorbing. Within the story, tension builds steadily on several fronts, then resolves as the characters begin to form bonds of trust and even kinship, along with the unspoken realization that they can rely on each other. The family's tall, narrow, vine-covered house has a strong presence in the novel, as both a portal between dimensions and a place where a "Narnia light" welcomes them back home. A memorable family story.
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Starred Review ALA Booklist (4/1/20)
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 4-7
Lexile: 750L

“Possibly the finest writer of our time.” —Elizabeth Wein, New York Times bestselling author of Code Name Verity

From award-winning author Hilary McKay comes a beautiful, enchanting story about a girl adjusting to her new family and their new house—which just might be magical.

When Abi’s father marries Max and Louis’s mom, their families start over together. Abi suddenly finds herself the middle child, expected to share far too much—especially with grubby little Louis. Then they move into an eerie, ivy-covered house, big enough for all of them.

But for the children, strange things start to happen in that house. Abi reads alone, and finds herself tumbling so deep into books, they almost seem real. Louis summons comfort from outdoors, and a startling guest arrives—is it a cat or something else? Max loses his best friend…and falls in love. Meanwhile, Louis’s secret visitor is becoming much too real. Now Abi, Max, and Louis must uncover the secrets of their new home—for there can be danger in even the most beautiful magic.

From award-winning author Hilary McKay comes a story that is at once enchanting and thrilling—if you don’t get lost in it first.

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