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This Side of Magic
by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones and Adam Stower


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This Side of Magic is the first in a series of light fantasy chapter books set in Morgantown, a town on the border between the real world and the magical world, by the authors of the Publishers Weekly best selling BAILEY SCHOOL KIDS a series of 50 books with more than 30 million copies sold

"You are my chosen apprentices," said Mr.  Read more...


 
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Overview

This Side of Magic is the first in a series of light fantasy chapter books set in Morgantown, a town on the border between the real world and the magical world, by the authors of the Publishers Weekly best selling BAILEY SCHOOL KIDS a series of 50 books with more than 30 million copies sold

"You are my chosen apprentices," said Mr. Leery.

Penny and Luke aren't sure they want to be apprentice Keyholders. A Keyholder's job, explains their neighbor, Mr. Leery, is to guard the border between the real world and the magical world.

But when they meet their "links" magical helpers from the other side of the border they change their minds. Penny's link is Kirin, a sarcastic unicorn. Luke forms a link with a clumsy baby dragon named Dracula.

And just in time For the evil Queen of the Boggarts is determined to invade their world and only the Keyholders and their links can stop her.

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Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780765359827
  • ISBN-10: 0765359820
  • Publisher: Starscape Books
  • Publish Date: April 2009
  • Page Count: 133
  • Reading Level: Ages 7-10
  • Dimensions: 7.55 x 5.55 x 0.42 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.23 pounds

Series: Keyholders #1

Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Fantasy & Magic
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Action & Adventure - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 50.
  • Review Date: 2009-05-04
  • Reviewer: Staff

This breezy lark by veteran collaborators (the Adventures of the Bailey School Kids) opens the Keyholders series. Best friends Luke and Penny witness curious goings-on when caring for Mr. Leery's cat, Mo, while the elderly neighbor is away (for starters, Mo reveals he can talk). On his return, Mr. Leery tells them a magical world exists beyond the thick bushes that edge his yard. He recruits the two as apprentice Keyholders, protectors of the border between the enchanted realm and the real world, which boggarts are threatening to invade. The kids sign on when they meet their “links”—“beings from beyond the border that form a special connection to the Keyholders”—Luke's is a bumbling dragon, Penny's a caustic unicorn. One drawback: the third Keyholder is their nemesis, Natalie. A stage-setter for the series, the story is short on enchantment, yet kids will be drawn to the likable, believable protagonists and the promise of more enticing magic and action to follow. Book two, The Other Side of Magic, is due the same month. Ages 7–10. (May)

 
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