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A Deadly Game of Magic

By Norah Caroline Piehl, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

A unique and truly suspenseful story.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Perfect fo teens and older but not so much younger kids!

i think that this book was very good! i loved it! I think that parents should only let a child read this book though if the child is in middle school. i think that this book might scare some of the younger kids! but i think that this book and plenty other books by Joan Lowery Nixon are just the best!

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (3 ):

"Sometimes the kids don't seem scared enough," was one 12-year-old's reaction to A DEADLY GAME OF MAGIC. True, Lisa and her friends remain remarkably levelheaded after they realize someone's stalking them, even stopping occasionally to fix snacks, tell jokes, and discuss career plans. But, ironically, the characters' amazing calmness is partly what makes the book so scary. If they panicked the moment they found the first plaster head, the story would have nowhere to go. Instead, Joan Lowery Nixon keeps piling on the sinister details, and when the characters finally get frightened, readers will be rushing to lock the doors and turn on more lights.

Lisa herself is the most sensible member of the group, and although readers might grow impatient with how her plans always seem to work when no one else's do, they'll still be impressed with her magic skills and her determination to solve the mystery. Lisa's first-person narrative occasionally seems stiff, but this won't distract most kids, who will be sucked in by the mystery.

Book Details

  • Author: Joan Lowery Nixon
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Publication date: January 1, 1983
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 14
  • Number of pages: 148
  • Last updated: November 15, 2019

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