The Magic Half by Annie Barrows

June 21, 2016

First let me say this book is nothing like the Half Magic series by Edward Eager.  I thought it was one of those books but its completely different.

I think The Magic Half was a good book.  It was about a girl who was the middle child with twin brothers and twin sisters.  Miri always felt left out until she finds an object that allows her to visit the girl who lived in her room in the year 1935.  Most of the book is about the girls becoming friends, keeping the magic secret and solving a mystery.  The girl from the past is named Molly and has a terrible family.  My mom didn’t like that the book talks about crimes like stealing and murder but it did’t bother me because it only says that people think a crime happened and it doesn’t tell anything about it. The girls have to follow clues in the past and the present to make things right.  This book has magic, treasure and mystery.    Sincerely, Rosie

Lexie Level 640  AR points 5.0

Rosie age 6

Wrap Up

The Magic Half

  • 7/10
  • 8/10
  • 2/10
  • 1/10


  • interesting idea for a story
  • following the clues


  • there is talk of violence
  • the siblings are mean to each other

One Comment

  • Mom June 21, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    I picked this book up for Rosie based on a recommendation from a friend. It was with a stack of books from the library and I didn’t get a chance to flip through it before Rosie got to it. There is talk about domestic violence in the story and it is implied that the little girl may be in serious danger at the hands of a family member. Honestly I would not have let her read it if I had known this ahead of time. As it turned out Rosie was completely unfazed by the imminent threat of violence and simply said the brother was not nice. There is also some mild insults from the brothers that I was not a fan of. Bottom Line- Proceed with caution

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