The Magic Half

The Magic Half

by Annie Barrows


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Miri is the non-twin child in a family with two sets of them—older brothers and younger sisters. When her family moves to an old farmhouse in a new town, the only good thing seems to be Miri's ten-sided attic bedroom. But when Miri gets sent to her room after accidentally bashing her big brother on the head, she finds herself in the same room . . . only not quite.

Without meaning to, she has found a way to travel back in time to 1935 where she discovers Molly, a girl her own age very much in need of a loving family. A highly satisfying classic-in-the-making full of spine-tingling moments, this is delightful time-travel story will have readers clamoring for another treat of twin-inspired magic in the follow up Magic in the Mix.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619636255
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 09/16/2014
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 156,851
Product dimensions: 4.70(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Annie Barrows was an editor at Chronicle Books before becoming a full time writer. She has written several adult titles including the New York Times bestseller The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, as well as the highly acclaimed children's series Ivy and Bean and The Magic Half. Annie lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters.


Berkeley, CA

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1962

Place of Birth:

San Diego, CA


University of California at Berkeley, B.A. in Medieval History; Mills College, M.F.A. in Creative Writing

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The Magic Half 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 106 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absoulutely loved this book. This book makes you want to believe in magic.It takes you into a place where anything is possible. You can relate to the main character and to her situation. It is a truly inspiring and terrific story. Great for any student wanting to believe in magic once again. Although the book seems pretty childish at first it becomes very interesting soon enough. So interesting in fact it will be unbelievablely hard to put down until you find yourself at the last period.
MillyMarz More than 1 year ago
I love magic and fun and exciting things to learn about in books. This book conbines magic, fun and a wonderful happy ending for Miri and Molly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is pure imagination Magic is woven so well into reality in The Magic Half This is a must read So far, nobody has given a bad review about this book The extra long spaces are where a period should be
GillianBeck More than 1 year ago
Great Book. Loved it. Will read more by this talented author
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Angie For Ages 9-12 Miri is the middle child… not so unique. But she’s the middle child sandwiched in between two sets of twins. On one side are her older brothers who like to tease her and on the other side are her younger sisters who are toddlers so they’re just a lot of work. Miri feels left out. When her family relocates they move into an old farm house. An elderly neighbor informs them that there’s buried treasure somewhere on the property. While searching for the treasure, Miri clobbers her brother over the head with a shovel and is sent to her room. While sulking she discovers a lens out of a pair of glasses taped to her wall. When she looks through it she suddenly finds herself transported through time into her bedroom in 1935 where she meets Molly. Miri quickly realizes that it’s up to her to rescue Molly from a desperate situation, but before she can help she’s accidentally transported back to her time. Will she find the buried treasure and solve the mystery in time to save Molly? This book has time travel, magic, and hidden treasure. What more could a kid ask for!? This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
Skyla Kutasz More than 1 year ago
Personaly i believe this is a very amazing book. It captures intrest right away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So i read this before and my friend lent it to me and i loved it like i loved it before.....its kinda a 11 year olds book but its still very good!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good! I'm eleven years old and read it at school. I was addicted! Miri and Molly are just like me and I always like books that involve somethng out of the ordinary. Thanks Annie Barrows! :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Annie Barrows reallly outdid herself in this impressive story about twins from different time periods.Everyone knows what it's like to be the "odd man out" so they all can relate to Miri-the only "alone one" in a family of two twins. It's easy to feel her enthusiasm at finding someone just like her. Whether you're 8 or 58 this is a perfect read to devour!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm adicted! I read this book for a school program contest thing and i absolutly adore it. It is definetly in my top 3 picks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An entertaining book, well plotted, good character development. Time travel is always such an intriguing idea.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really didnt think i would like this bt i took a chance d it turned out i loved it. It does revolve around mahic but it isnt like one of those stuoid things when it is corny magic because this book is really good!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a really good mystery book. Its about this girl named miri who gets transported back in time to the family who used to live in her house before. She mets a girl her age there whos family treats her bad. And there is a really good ending to the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book. It's fantastic and I have read it many times. It's very captivating how these two worlds come together.
Diana Wildes More than 1 year ago
The magic half is a clever story full of twists and turns and full of fantasy whimsical characters who travel through time through glasses and try to bring a girl named molly back to miri's home so horst wont kill molly but they have many hardships along the way
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know im not stupid i was talkin to him last here
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi. This book is a sunshine state book rfor my school
purplethings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Who needs a fancy time machine when you have a pair of glasses...magic glasses of course. Miri Gill discovers a lens from a pair of glasses when her family moves into an old house. Looking through the lens magically transports her to the same house in 1935 where she meets a girl named Molly. Molly's father left her with her mean relatives six years ago. In Cinderella-like fashion, Miri makes it her mission to recuse Molly from this cruel life and bring her to the twenty-first century. The obstacles: Molly's cruel cousin Horst, finding a lens that will take them home, and of course trying not to alter the future timeline. A great mix of magic, time travel, and mystery. Anyone who's ever felt left out or wished for a twin will enjoy Miri's tale. The mystery of the story and Miri's brave quest to save Molly keep the excitement going until the surprise ending. Great book!!
Schuman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of a lonely little girl stuck in the middle of two sets fo twins. She moves into a new house and finds a lens from an old pair of glasses. When she looks through it she is transported back to 1935 where she meets a little girl in trouble, living in the same house, just years before. The two girls figure out how the glasses work and in the end they both both come back to the future and by doing this they changed history and the two girls end up being twins sisters.It was a fun story about magic and time travel, I think that it would be fun to talk about how much things have changed since 1935, what 1935 was like, what you would change if you had the chance, as well as just being a good book for fun and using your imagination.
timothyl33 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun story that uses a mix of magic and time travel.
kizzie123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just finished it last night and loved it.Very very very good.
galindolibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Miri lives in a family of 2 older twin brothers and 2 younger twin sisters. After moving into an old house, she finds an eyeglass lens in her attic room that sends her back to the same house in 1935. There she finds Molly, a girl in a Cinderella-type situation, who needs help. Good time-traveling fun and teaching some bad guys a lesson. Nice characters and friendship. For girls who want to belive in magic!
quirkylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good offering for the 5th/6th grade reader. Time travel, mystery, magic and a bully getting what he deserves are all appeal factors in this offering by the writer of Ivy & Bean (and the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society).
EdifyOneAnother More than 1 year ago
This was a very good time travel book. I was skeptical because of being a Christian and the word "magic." I took a chance because I loved the Ivy and Bean books and have enjoyed this reading with my daughter. Barrows did wonderful with how she time traveled and make you believe that "if only." It was funny, exciting, emotional, good sibling banter and drama in the present and past. If one likes fantasy, then replace the word "magic" with that and the book is very good. It does not conjure up anything at all. It is an eyeglass and some great, simple, fun imagination. I like reading my daughter's books over mine some time. The Magic Half is worth the read.