My colleague Sara Goering recommended this book to me and I loved it. Annie Barrows’ The Magic Half tells the story of Miri, a middle child with two older twin brothers and two younger twin sisters. The family has just moved to a new home, an old farmhouse, and Miri feels alone in her role as middle child surrounded by twins. In the house Miri discovers magic that takes her back in time to meet a girl her age who lived in the house about seventy years earlier, and who needs her help.

A page-turner, the book provokes questions about time travel and the nature of time, family relationships and identity, and freedom and destiny. A great novel to read with children from ages 7 or 8 and on.

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