Double Review: Magic Half and Magic in the Mix

   

by Annie Barrows
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

I’m always intrigued by twins (as are many people), and the first story features two sets of twins, with Miri in the middle, all alone – until she discovers that her house is magic and sends her back to 1935! She has to figure out how to get back to her present and why she’s in 1935 to begin with – because, as the old woman in the house tells her, magic wants you to fix something.

The second story features Miri and her new best friend, Molly, who again get sent back in time. Again, the magic in the house has been activated in order to set something right, and the girls have to figure out how to do it. This time, they’re sent back to the Civil War, and their initial thoughts about what needs fixing turns out to be untrue.

I liked that the girls were able to affect history and also that they could remember both versions of the past, even when everyone around them only remembered the new version. I also liked that they were able to travel back and forth in time, once they figured out how it worked. The older twin brothers got in the action in the second book, and it will be interesting to see if there are other books and the other set of twins (or even their parents!) gets involved. In general, totally delightful, if a bit suspenseful! Barrows writes a good cliffhanger and I read much later than I meant to several nights!

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