MAGIC IN THE MIX by Annie Barrows

MAGIC IN THE MIX

Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The time-traveling adventures of Molly and Miri Gill continue, with even higher stakes.

Molly and Miri are the only members of their family who know Molly was not always Miri’s twin. In The Magic Half (2008), Miri saved Molly from a life of abuse in 1935, bringing Molly to Miri’s own time and family, where, according to Molly’s magically knowledgeable grandmother, she was supposed to be born. Now both Molly and Miri possess double sets of memories: Each remembers her life before they were twins as well as her life as a twin. This bothers Molly, and when their magic house sends them back to 1918, she is sure it is to prevent her birth mother from having her—thereby preventing her mother’s death—but they are returned to the present abruptly. When they try to go back to 1918, they end up in the American Civil War, and when their twin brothers later unwittingly travel through time—in Civil War re-enactment dress, no less—and are taken prisoner, it will take the girls’ combined wit, courage and cleverness to save their brothers from certain death and use magic to “[set] things right.” Barrows examines many of the previously unanswered, difficult questions of time travel but does not answer all mysteries, paving the way for a possible third book.

If another adventure is to come, readers will hope it won’t take another six years to arrive. (Fantasy. 8-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 16th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-61963-482-4
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2014




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