Magic by the Lake Book Summary and Study Guide

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Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha are spending the summer in the country, by a lake, when they catch a turtle who has the power to grant wishes (but prefers the wishes to be water-based). At first they wish for a magical lake, but that proves excessive and burdensome (no one wants water babies, pirates, and mermaids in the same square meter of water), so they get their wishes one-by-one. That doesn't work substantially better; the older girls wish themselves into teenagers one night, and then there's the unfortunate matter of the hostile tribe that wishes to burn them alive. Still, they survive, and when they find a pirate's treasure, they know exactly what to do with it.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 40% Tone of book    -   humorous or laughable FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   money/gems/treasure Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14)

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a kid


Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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