|Plot Summary of Magic City|
Philip Haldane, 10, is not happy when his older half-sister Helen marries a widowed man with a daughter named Lucy. In a sour mood because he has had to give up his exclusive relationship with Helen, Philip makes a bad impression on everyone, who in turn treat him badly. Left alone one day, he builds a huge city with Lucy's toys, then awakens to find himself inside it! Much to his irritation, Lucy shows up too. At first placed under arrest, Philip is then hailed as "the Deliverer," who must perform seven tasks to free the magic city from its enchantment. This includes killing the dragon (which turns out to be a giant wind-up lizard), unraveling the Mazy Carpet (a giant crochet) without cutting it, freeing the Islanders from their fear of the sea, and so on.
All along the way, Philip and Lucy recognize elements of the Magic City as toys from their past. They are pursued by a pushy, arrogant lady in a veil who seems to want to take over, and whom they dub "the Pretenderette." This 1910 novel by the great children's storyteller E. Nesbit features her familiarly charming, pleasant style.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Chapter Analysis of Magic City|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 60%
Tone of book
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- part earth & part fantasy world
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- exploring a CUTESY fantasy world
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Kid's book (ages 7-14)
- a kid
- 20th century
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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