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Mary Pope Osborne's NIGHT OF THE NEW MAGICIANS (0375830359, $11.95) joins others in the popular, ongoing 'Magic Tree House' series to present #35. Here a mysterious note from Merlin sends two kids on a mission to France for the 1889 World's Fair, on a search for four 'new magicians' who need protection from an evil sorcerer's plans. Jack and Annie discover thousands attending the fair when they arrive: how can they find the magicians to protect them--and can they thwart a powerful sorcerer's superior magic? E. Lockhart's FLY ON THE WALL (0385732813, $15.95) tells of a girl who feels ordinary at a high school for the arts where everyone is considered special. She has only one friend and wants to learn about guys--she dreams of becoming a 'fly on the wall' in the boys' locker room to learn more--and one day finds her wish comes true in this zany tale for ages 12 and up. Lensey Namioka's MIS MATCH (0385731833, $15.95) tells of a fifteen-year-old who has just moved from Seattle to a suburb where she may be the only Asian American student; so when she meets Asian boy Andy, romance blossoms. The only problem is--he's Japanese, and her Grandma still recalls the terrible Japanese invasion of China--and Andy discovers his liberal family also holds terrible ideas about the Chinese. Can the past affect their romance and their loyalty to family ties? A fine story of prejudice within a minority group evolves.
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Title Annotation:Fly on the Wall; Mis Match; Night of the New Magicians
Publication:California Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:May 1, 2006
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