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Half Magic series

A series of seven novels by Edward Eager in the style of E. Nesbit:

Half Magic and Magic by the Lake are about Jane, Mark, Katherine and Martha. Knight’s Castle and The Time Garden are about their children Roger, Ann, Jack and Eliza. Laura, Lydia, James and Kip are featured in Magic or Not? and The Well-Wishers.

Books in the Half Magic series:

Half Magic (1954)

Faced with a dull summer in the city, Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha suddenly find themselves involved in a series of extraordinary adventures after Jane discovers an ordinary-looking coin that seems to grant wishes.

Author: Edward Eager
Illustrator: N. M. Bodecker

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Knight’s Castle (1956)

Four cousins, Roger, Ann, Eliza, and Jack, have an extraordinary summer when, after an old toy soldier comes to life, they find themselves transported back to the days of Robin Hood and Ivanhoe.

Author: Edward Eager
Illustrator: N. M. Bodecker

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Magic by the Lake (1957)

On a vacation with their mother and stepfather, Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha find themselves overwhelmed with a lakeful of magical adventures after Mark captures an ancient turtle that seems to have extraordinary powers.

Author: Edward Eager
Illustrator: N. M. Bodecker

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Magic or Not? (1959)

When Laura learns the well at her new house is a wishing well, she plunges right in.

Author: Edward Eager
Illustrator: N. M. Bodecker

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Seven-Day Magic (1962)

When Barnaby, John, Susan, Abbie and Fredericka open the red book, they discover it is all about themselves and the magical adventures they are about to have.

Author: Edward Eager
Illustrator: N. M. Bodecker

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The Time Garden (1958)

While spending the summer in a house by the sea, four cousins, Roger, Ann, Eliza, and Jack, discover a bank of wild thyme whose magic propels them on a series of adventures back and forth through time.

Author: Edward Eager
Illustrator: N. M. Bodecker

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The Well-Wishers (1960)

Laura, Lydia, James and Kip put the old wishing well on its mettle, and it delivers.

Author: Edward Eager
Illustrator: N. M. Bodecker

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