|Plot Summary of Magic Street|
Mack Street knows he has magic powers, but he doesn't know why or who he really is. He was found in a park by a couple of skateboarders and brought to a nurse in the middle-class African-American neighborhood of Baldwin Hills in Los Angeles.
The nurse, Ura Lee Smitcher, and one of the skateboarders, Cecil “Ceese” Tucker, between them raise Mack. Mack spends a lot of his time hanging around the neighborhood, having meals with other families and often spending long periods away from home. He sees the deepest wishes of his neighbors in dreams.
When Mack turns 13, he discovers a “skinny house” that only he can find. It appears between two adjacent houses, and only Mack can see it. The back yard opens onto a fairyland that appears to be superimposed on Los Angeles.
The characters inhabiting this fairyland are drawn from Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Mack meets Puck, the sly worker of magical practical jokes, and Titania, the queen of the fairies. He becomes involved in a final battle between good and evil and learns who he really is, where his magic powers come from, and why he has been granted them.
This synopsis report prepared by David Gordon
|Chapter Analysis of Magic Street|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- sensitive (sigh....)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy story on current Earth
Coming of age
- a powerful magician
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- a teen
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
- descript of kissing
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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