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review; the time of green magic

Title: The Time Of Green Magic
Author: Hilary McKay
Genre: MG, fantasy
Type: Paperback
Publisher: S&S/McElderry

From acclaimed author and Costa winner Hilary McKay comes The Time of Green Magic: a beautiful, spell-binding novel about a new families, a magical old house and a mysterious cat…

When Tom and Polly marry, blending their single parent families together, their children find it hard to relinquish their old lives. Max realizes his birth dad will never come home now, while Abi suddenly finds herself a middle child, expected to share far too much – especially with grubby little Louis. The family start over together, stretching their finances to the limit and renting an eerie, ivy-covered house, big enough for all of them.

But when the children are alone there, strange things start to happen. Worried, Louis summons comfort from outdoors, and a startling guest arrives – is it a cat, or an owl, or something else? Abi reads alone, tumbling deep into books. Max loses his best friend and falls in love.

Meanwhile, Louis’ secret visitor is becoming much too real. And when Max and Abi too start to see the great spotted cat-thing that arrives in the night, it becomes a problem the three of them must find a way to solve – together. But where has the creature come from, and how will he get back?

I received this copy in exchange for an honest review from Definitely Books (Pansing). All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you Pansing!
This book is available where all good books are.

It took me longer than I liked to finish this book, not because it was not a good book. No, it was great and cute and well-crafted, and the few times I picked it up, I flew through chapters. No, it was just because I have been busy with other things.

But I finally finished it and I loved it so much! This was written really well, and writing child characters can be very difficult, but I thought it was done amazingly. All three main characters – Abi, Max and Louis – are different ages, but they are very distinct, and come across very much as the age they are said to be.

Abi and her love for reading clicked with me the most, because I am like that. Getting lost in the book and the way the author wrote it was very magical. Which added to the mystery of the story, and whether or not Abi was imagining actually getting lost in her books.

Louis was adorable and stubborn, and he reminded me so much of the nephews I have at his age. He felt things so much, and loved so fiercely, and his emotions were so strong, and I loved that he was the first of the three kids to want them to actually be a family. Blended families can be difficult, but Louis really embraced it, and his confusion as to why Abi was not doing the same was sweet and sad in the same moment.

Max was a very well-written and well-fleshed out teenager. He came across as young and yet wanting to be older at the same time. He was ready to be treated as an adult, even as he was experiencing growing pains – the first real crush, the fight with his friends, the newness of his mother’s marriage to Abi’s father. It was all done very well.

And the way the three learned to come together as siblings slowly over the book was unfolded very nicely. I really enjoyed it, and will be recommending this to all the young readers I know.

I’m Ara, a Southeast Asian writer who someday hopes to have published a novel, and who is currently losing herself in the worlds created by others. I love books and food and television and blogging and I get distracted and sidetracked easily.

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