Release date: July 28th, 2020
When Abi’s father marries Max and Louis’s mom, their families start over together. Abi suddenly finds herself the middle child, expected to share far too much—especially with grubby little Louis. Then they move into an eerie, ivy-covered house, big enough for all of them.
But for the children, strange things start to happen in that house. Abi reads alone, and finds herself tumbling so deep into books, they almost seem real. Louis summons comfort from outdoors, and a startling guest arrives—is it a cat or something else? Max loses his best friend…and falls in love. Meanwhile, Louis’s secret visitor is becoming much too real. Now Abi, Max, and Louis must uncover the secrets of their new home—for there can be danger in even the most beautiful magic.
This book tackles some hard subjects for a younger audience – death of a parent, parental abandonment, a marriage that includes other children, and having to move to an entirely new house. The interactions between the three children are comical in their truth to reality at times. Hilary McKay has done a superb job at realistic situations and responses from the characters in The Time of Green Magic.
Abi reminds me of well… me at that age to a certain extent. I was ALWAYS so absorbed in my books that mother had to practically come and shake me out of whichever world I was currently in. Louis reminds me of Arliss Coates from Old Yeller, if you have no idea what I’m talking about – you should watch it. I understood Max and what he was going through but he wasn’t my favorite character – maybe because of teenage outbursts. The way he is written in the book made him seem younger in my mind than he actually is. He does however have lessons to impart on younger readers. It was heartwarming to see the siblings that were thrust together through marriage grow closer together because of the green magic that had touched them all.
The magic elements of The Time of Green Magic is a wild thing and reminded me of the green decks I’ve built in Magic The Gathering. In fact, the cover is reminiscent of card illustrations I’ve seen as well.
The cover is absolutely beautiful, I definitely would have picked it up as a middle-grade reader and this is a title that I will more than likely pick up for my daughter to have when she’s old enough to read it. I would highly recommend reading The Time of Green Magic to readers who enjoy fantasy, the middle-grade genre, and wholesome books about family. Many thanks to the publisher, Margaret K. McElderry Books (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing), and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this entrancing book – all opinions are my own.
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5