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MIDNIGHT MAGIC

Author: Avi

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Publisher: Scholastic,

Material: paperback

Summary: This book takes place in a king's palace, where a ghost threatens a princess. Mangus has to free the princess in a certain amount of time, or else he will be executed. This middle-grade chapter book set in the Renaissance period.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 10 and up; read yourself: 9 and Up

Interest Level: 10 and up

Reading Level: 4.7

Age of Child: Read by a group of 11- and 12-year-old students at John Jay Middle School (Katonah, NY)

Young Reader Reaction: We liked this book because it had a good plot and was mysterious. The characters were realistic and weren't disappointing. We thought the first chapter was boring, but once we got more into the story it was much more exciting.

Adult Reader Reaction: Not Applicable for this review.

Pros: This book has a great plot that made you want to read on.

Cons: There were times when the ghost element made the story confusing.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This book is old fashioned.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE   GHOSTS OF WHITNER   THE LAST OF THE HIGH KINGS

Educational Themes: The story taught us that things may not always turn out how you planned them.

Literary Categories: Fiction - mystery, 1300s, 1400s, ghost story, historical fiction, middle grade

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2008

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