The Well-Wishers

Paperback | August 15, 1999

byEdward EagerIllustratorN. M. Bodecker

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The wishing well is all used up, its magic drained, its enchantment gone dry. Or has it? In a reckless moment, Gordy threatens the old well, telling it to get going with its magic o r else! and that seems to do the trick. Suddenly Laura, Lydia, James, and Kip-who feared their autumn would unfold without magic-are plunged into just the sort of outlandish adventures they'd longed for. But is it really the well's magic that transforms troublemaker Dicky LeBaron from ne'er-do-well to hero? Or keeps Appledore's orchard-and love life-in bloom? Or sends James on a doubly daring rescue of a damsel in distress? What does it matter? Sometimes the best kind of magic is the kind that isn't so magical at all. . . .

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A group of friends relate their experiences when the unpredictable old wishing well in the backyard continues to involve them in a variety of magical adventures. This handsome new edition comes with a contemporary look and new cover art. The wonderful illustrations and excitingly fantastical story of The Well-Wishers will make it a fav...

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The wishing well is all used up, its magic drained, its enchantment gone dry. Or has it? In a reckless moment, Gordy threatens the old well, telling it to get going with its magic o r else! and that seems to do the trick. Suddenly Laura, Lydia, James, and Kip-who feared their autumn would unfold without magic-are plunged into...

EDWARD EAGER (1911-1964) worked primarily as a playwright and lyricist. It wasn't until 1951, while searching for books to read to his young son, Fritz, that he began writing children's stories. His classic Tales of Magic series started with the best-selling Half Magic, published in 1954. In each of his books he carefully acknowledges...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.57 inPublished:August 15, 1999Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0152020721

ISBN - 13:9780152020729

Appropriate for ages: 7

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A group of friends relate their experiences when the unpredictable old wishing well in the backyard continues to involve them in a variety of magical adventures. This handsome new edition comes with a contemporary look and new cover art. The wonderful illustrations and excitingly fantastical story of The Well-Wishers will make it a favourite in your family. 

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A keen insight into human behavior . . . , a subtle twist of humor, and an ability to hold action to a fast pace keep Mr. Eager's books well out in front for popularity and charm. This one will delight." - Christian Science Monitor "Delectable wordplay and a light, witty touch make these adventures pure delight. Deserves an exalted place on every bookshelf of classics." - Booklist "