Bad Magic

Bad Magic

Book - 2014 | First edition
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"Thirteen-year-old Clay, a boy who no longer believes in magic, tags graffiti on his classroom wall and, as punishment, is sent to a camp for wayward kids located on a volcanic island, where eccentric campmates abound, a ghost walks among the abandoned ruins of a mansion, and a dangerous force threatens to erupt with bad magic"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York ;, Boston :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316320382
Branch Call Number: J BOS
Characteristics: 393 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Ford, Gilbert - Illustrator


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Aug 05, 2020

Bad magic was an adventure and mystery filled book with the perfect balance of comedy and serious topics. This book is the first of the three-part series of the Bad Series by the author and I’m very excited to read the other as this one really intrigued me and lured me into the story greatly. The author has done a great job with balancing all the elements and emotions out perfectly throughout the book and it engages the reader right from the very beginning. What I loved personally about this book is how the narrator adds in his own comments and side notes which adds humour and makes the story more meaningful in a way. I recommend this book to anyone over the age of 9. 5/5 stars
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DPLchandra Apr 20, 2018

Excellent start to a new series. Adventures, friendship and secrets. A dynamite trio that will be sure to keep readers hooked.

Jan 15, 2018

awesome. i liked the secret series better, though. im almost done the whole series

Aug 25, 2015

I liked this book better than the secret series

FindingJane Jan 24, 2015

This book starts auspiciously enough, with Max-Ernest’s younger brother Clay trying desperately to fit in at school. He is moody, restless and bored with magic and (thankfully) lacking in his older brother’s loquacity that made so much of Max-Ernest’s dialogue a teeth-clenching ordeal to endure.

The book becomes a mystery that needs solving. But as matters gradually unfold what emerges is a staged series of tests that pushes Clay to his limits. However, this tactic cheats the reader of any emotional investment in the book. It’s like one of those novels where the protagonist wakes up to find that everything he experienced was a dream. How can you care about any of it when you know that it isn’t real?

Clay overcomes his bitterness and disappointment at the artificial nature of his trials but the reader doesn’t. Clay is merely being set up to join his brother in some mysterious venture that’s never explained. Thus, the protagonist gets swept up into another secret society, a topic that was done to death in the previous series, and is reduced to being a player in his brother’s concerns. The reader is left disgruntled and unsatisfied by a lack of proper resolution—which definitely makes this a Secret novel.

Oct 14, 2014

is this book after the "you have to stop this"?

Aug 07, 2014

I'm so excited to read this book! Pseudonymous Bosch is hilarious, and the release date for 'Bad Magic' is even on my birthday!!

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Sep 05, 2015

" I don't think it's the blood," said Kwan. " I think its the pus. It's like the volcanoes are zits, and when you squeeze them, lava comes out."


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