A Strange Case Of Magic

Paperback | February 16, 2010

byKenneth Oppel

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When Giles, Tina and Kevin see books moving in the library all by themselves, they know they have to investigate. But Tina’s amazing ghostometer doesn’t pick up any ghosts, so what could that mysterious presence be?

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When Giles, Tina and Kevin see books moving in the library all by themselves, they know they have to investigate. But Tina’s amazing ghostometer doesn’t pick up any ghosts, so what could that mysterious presence be?

KENNETH OPPEL is the Governor General’s Award–winning author of the Airborn series and the Silverwing Saga, which has sold over a million copies worldwide. His most recent novels areHalf Brother, winner of both the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award and the Young Adult Book Award;This Dark Endeavour, finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award; andSuch Wicked Intent, finalist for ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 7.62 × 5.19 × 0.25 inPublished:February 16, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:155468529X

ISBN - 13:9781554685295

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Series for Young Readers Tina Quark has enlisted the help of her brother, Kevin, and Giles Barnes to locate some books for her at the library for her latest invention. Of course, they end up in the basement in a dusty old room, where no one would ever want to read these ancient tomes. While searching Giles sees books floating and Tina checks her trusty ghostometer but does not get a single ghostly reading. If not a ghost, then why are magic books floating? "It's just me" replies a voice and Barnes & The Brains now match science and wit to figure out how to help poor Mr. Kapoor, beginner magician who made himself invisible and can't reverse the spell. Totally independent from the first book, though it does briefly mention events from that book. This book also gives a quick rundown on the characters and their status for those who haven't read the first book. I really enjoyed this one, even more than book 1 (Ghosts). The introduction of the bored librarian who was excited to help them in any small capacity was funny and she had some giggle inducing lines. I'm attached to the characters and I can see some growth in their relationship. Another well-written, unique plot and highly recommended first chapter book from Oppel. I look forward to reading book 3.
Date published: 2010-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fun In this second book, Barnes is waiting to meet the Brains at the Library. Barnes is friends with two child geniuses, Kevin and Tina Quark - Tina being the more academic of the two, and a little bit less personable. While in the library stacks looking for books for Tina for her latest project - experiment Barnes sees a stack of books floating and sees another one come off the shelf and be flipped through. He finds the Quarks and shows them what he has discovered. Tina thinks it is a ghost, Barnes is not so sure. Once they discover what is really going on, will Tina's science solve the problem, or will Barnes' more practical common sense approach save the day again? You will need to read it to find out. Harper Collins, is currently republishing the original six books in this series. These books were previously published between 1994 and 2004 by Scholastic. The books intended for young readers are good, fun reads. Barnes & the Brains books will easily be enjoyed by youth and their parents, or youth of all ages. Yet we can only hope that more books will soon come out in this grand series.
Date published: 2010-03-16