The Magician's Nephew - Chronicles of Narnia 1 Book Summary and Study Guide

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A boy's uncle finds rings that allow him to move to other worlds. He, and a girl who is his friend, go to another world and find an evil dictator with magical powers. They attempt to escape the world, but they cannot get away from her. They go to another world, which they thought was hers, where they meet an important character, Aslan. Aslan is a very important character, the only one who is actually present throughout the entire series of books. He is a lion who has magical powers. They arrive as he is creating his own world, called Narnia, magically creating inhabitants and landforms by singing them into existence. They go through several necessary steps, such as crowning a king and queen, and filling the kingdom with subjects. The boy, named Digory, has a final task, as a punishment/disciplinary action for bringing the witch to that world. He must retrieve an apple from a special tree and bring it to the main dwelling place of the inhabitants.
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The review of this Book prepared by reepicheep

Digory and Polly are exploring Digory's Uncle Andrew's attic when they come across Uncle Andrew's secret laboratory. Andrew tricks Polly into putting on a ring that transports her to a magical meeting place of dimensions. Digory follows vowing to find Polly and bring her back. They decide to explore some of the other worlds by jumping into the pools that act as portals. Unfortunately they jump into one that sees them awaken an evil Queen. They must stop her causing havoc and eventually all the dimension travellers end up in Narnia to witness the creation of the wold by Aslan's (a giant lion) song.
The review of this Book prepared by Neil Morey

Part of the Narnia series, 'The Magician's Nephew' is the story of the beginning of Narnia, how it came to be created, and how the door between this world and that came into being. We meet the creator, Aslan the great Lion, and learn how the wicked White Witch enters the world of Narnia, to emerge centuries later to enslave the land in perpetual winter. 'The Magician's Nephew' is best read at any point in the series before 'The Last Battle', and after 'The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe'.
The review of this Book prepared by Michael JR Jose

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   sensitive (sigh....) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   part earth & part fantasy world Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena Inner Struggle    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Religious overtones?    -   Yes

Main Character

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


Terrain    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   19th century A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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