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The Wrong Side of Magic by [Rallison, Janette]
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Length: 336 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"Whimsical, exciting, funny, adventurous--all the things I loved about books growing up."--James Dashner, New York Times-bestselling author of the Maze Runner series

Hudson Brown stopped believing in magic long ago. That is, until the day he is whisked away to the magical land of Logos by a curious compass given to him by his off-beat neighbor, Charlotte.

Hudson discovers that Logos is a land ruled by words, thoughts, and memories. A fairy might ferry you across the river for the price of one memory. But be sure to look out for snarky unicorns, as they will see through those who are not pure of heart.

Not understanding the many rules of Logos, Hudson is quickly saddled with a troll curse. Charlotte, who, along with her father, was banished from Logos, can help get rid of the curse--but only if he agrees to find the lost Princess of Logos in return.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1767 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (23 August 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01BBXYAR8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #886,514 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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So cute! I love the ingenuity of magical items disguised as everyday objects with clever names. It is fascinating to contemplate the power of words and all the different points brought up related to words importance.

I love the moments when it makes me smile. I can really see elementary kids loving this book. It's nice that even adults can enjoy it as well - especially since reading books aloud to kids is a great activity for teachers and parents. I would add this to my classroom reading list.

Want to know what part of the book makes me the happiest? Discovering the real meaning of the title. I always assumed a title was just chosen to summarize the book or to grab someone's attention. But when the author has a whole scene with the title included and described within it, it gives the title depth and dimension. It makes me love the book so much more. It isn't until the very end of the book, but the use of the title within the story was awesome!
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 37 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Choice for Lovers of Fantasy and Wordplay! 26 November 2016
By Book Guy - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought the Kindle version of this book during Thanksgiving weekend and figured I would just read a few chapters every night before I went to bed.

Boy was I wrong! The book is so compulsively readable and endlessly imaginative that I wound up glued to the story for the next three days -- including while I was basting the turkey!

Somewhat reminiscent of Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth and L. Frank Baum's The Land of Oz, The Wrong Side of Magic follows the adventures of Hudson, a good-hearted but shallow 8th grader, who wanders into the magical land of Logos and ends up being the recipient of a nasty troll curse. To break the curse, Hudson must team up with Charlotte, the new girl at his school (and recent exile from Logos), and rescue a banished princess who can save the land from its tyrant king.

With Charlotte's help, Hudson learns the magical rules of Logos -- here, words have literal power (for instance a boat's seaworthiness is determined not by physical appearance but by its name -- Love, Gratitude, Endurance etc. -- and how important those qualities are on a journey). Moreover, people pay for magical aid in Logos by letting fairies strip them of their memories (risking gradual amnesia) and offering years of their life to powerful oracles.

This allows Rallison to imbue her magical land with a lot of fun wordplay and puns as Charlotte and Hudson encounter numerous wacky flora and fauna in Logos -- my personal favorite were the "Compliment Trees" that offer their visitors endless (but insincere) flattery. Rallison's trademark comedy also shines here as she fills the pages with plenty of humorous asides and inside jokes (many Twilight fans will laugh when they hear an oracle assure an unseen questioner "She ends up with Edward!").

Yet Rallison also knows how to create appropriate levels of tension and menace when her story calls for it, and both Charlotte and Hudson regularly find themselves in life-or-death situations -- battling evil wizards, stealing from corrupt kings, and journeying through lands of madness -- allowing Hudson to learn the true meaning of sacrifice as he frequently finds himself in positions to pay for the magic to save them. His character growth feels natural and when he experiences moments of cleverness and bravery, they come across as admirable and believable.

Given that Logos is a world that celebrates the power of words, reading, and writing (there's even a land called "Grammaria" that promotes the virtues of good grammar) some reluctant readers might view the book as an English lesson in disguise. Yet Rallison never lets her story become a pedantic lecture, instead allowing the tale's events to take readers on a journey that will ideally let them take on Logos' values for themselves.

Both a lot of fun as a whimsical distraction and reminder about the power of words, The Wrong Side of Magic is a great choice for middle graders and lifelong fans of wordplay and fantasy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for both boys and girls!!! 25 August 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Fantastic book for both boys and girls! My 2 daughters and my son all LOVED this book! It's fun, full of adventure, fantastical, and humorous (we literally lol)! I love all the world building surrounding words too!!! So genious! Well done, Janette Rallison!!! '
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun adventure to read with the entire family! 10 September 2016
By Kayleen - Published on Amazon.com
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I admit, this is not a book I'd choose to read for myself. I'm not a fan of fantasy books. However, I have always enjoyed Janette Rallison's books, no matter what genre she writes. My daughter wanted the book and when I got it, her little brother quickly stole it! Apparently I should have bought the kindle edition so they didn't have to take turns. It turns out, it's a great book to read aloud together for us all to enjoy, giggling and laughing along in this fun adventure together! I love Janette Rallison's fun wit and charm! She never disappoints! Such a fun adventure to enjoy with the entire family!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He also recommended it to me 10 December 2016
By Betsy Henry - Published on Amazon.com
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This was such a cute book. My 12 year old son has a hard time finding books that are age appropriate and also keep his interest, but he read this quickly and then said he wished there was a sequel. He also recommended it to me! I thoroughly enjoyed it. It would make a fun read-aloud to younger elementary children or just a great book for a upper elementary- middle schoolers. It seems today that so many YA books are pushing the envelope, and this was a breath of fresh air - interesting and fun. Loved the wordplay. A very clever book for all ages.
3.0 out of 5 stars Granddaughter found it interesting at first, then quite boring... 14 March 2017
By Louise Pledge - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this for a 9-yr-old granddaughter to be sent to her home as a surprise. She did enjoy the surprise and said she liked the book for the first three chapters before it got boring, and she became disinterested. Consequently, she never did finish it. She's a good reader and loves to read, so I feel like this is a fair review.