M Is for Magic

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Stories to delight, enchant, and surprise you.

Bestselling author and master storyteller Neil Gaiman here presents a breathtaking collection of tales that may chill or amuse readers—but always embrace the unexpected:

  • A teenage boy who has trouble talking to girls finds himself at a rather unusual party.
  • A sinister jack-in-the-box haunts the lives of the children who owned it.
  • A boy raised in a graveyard makes a discovery and confronts the much more troubling world of the living.
  • A stray cat fights a nightly battle to protect his adopted family from a terrible evil.

These eleven stories illuminate the real and the fantastic, and will be welcomed with great joy by Neil Gaiman's many fans as well as by readers coming to his work for the first time.

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First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic—an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this tenth anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author’s preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

A storm is coming . . .

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.

But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.

Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined—it is a job that takes him on a dark and strange road trip and introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. Along the way Shadow will learn that the past never dies; that everyone, including his beloved Laura, harbors secrets; and that dreams, totems, legends, and myths are more real than we know. Ultimately, he will discover that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and that he is standing squarely in its path.

Relevant and prescient, American Gods has been lauded for its brilliant synthesis of “mystery, satire, sex, horror, and poetic prose” (Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World) and as a modern phantasmagoria that “distills the essence of America” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). It is, quite simply, an outstanding work of literary imagination that will endure for generations.

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Publisher
Harper Collins
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Published on
Oct 6, 2009
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Pages
272
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ISBN
9780061972676
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Features
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic
Juvenile Fiction / General
Juvenile Fiction / Short Stories
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This content is DRM protected.
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Enter a world of supernatural beings and prophecies to learn that there's no destiny but the one you make for yourself. Thought-provoking questions offer students the opportunity to apply comprehension skills. Students explore what makes a good villain and why a mysterious and forbidding atmosphere is so effective. Put the events of Scarlett and Bod's meeting in the correct order. Investigate Victor Hugo's life and famous novels. Write a synopsis of Bod's ill-fated encounter with Abanazer Bolger. Interview classmates on their impressions of the novel. Students translate popular clichés depicted in the novel into their own words. Complete a literature analysis by identifying the setting, conflict, climax, and point of view on a series of tombstones. Aligned to your State Standards, additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key are also included. About the Novel: The Graveyard Book is the Newbery Medal-winning story of a young boy’s escape from fate and discovery of his destiny. Bod Owens is anything but a nobody. Orphaned as a baby when his entire family was murdered, Bod is adopted by two ghosts in a cemetery where he now lives. Here he is nurtured and protected by a fascinating array of ghostly neighbors including his guardian, Silas—a strange creature who is not limited to remaining in the cemetery, unlike the other inhabitants. Years later, the man who murdered Bod’s family returns to finish the job. In the exciting climax, we learn the secret of Bod’s misfortune and his involvement in a mysterious prophecy, and then discover where his unusual life will rest.
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