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Monday, May 26, 2014

Review: The Magic Trap by Jacqueline Davies

The Magic Trap by Jacqueline Davies. A Lemonade War Book.

The Magic Trap by Jacqueline Davies

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Publication Date: April 2014
List Price: $15.99
ISBN-13: 9780544052895

Review: When the going gets tough who can you rely on to make it better? Of course your mom and dad, right? Well not in this case! When young kids Evan and Jessie Treski are left alone by their parents and a massive Category 1 hurricane is coming, who do they rely on to make it better? Themselves, but can they make it through without their parents to guide them? If you want to find out if they will survive, read the book the Magic Trap written by Jacqueline Davies. This book is the 5th book in The Lemonade War Series.

When Mrs. Treski has to go away for a conference she had planned for months she arranges for her friend to watch Evan and Jessie. However, Mrs. Treski's friend get's in a car accident so Mrs. Treski starts to have second thoughts about the trip. Shortly although Evan and Jessie's dad is in the military, he shows up and is able to stay for a while. So since Evan has been working on magic for sometime now he shows his dad some tricks. Impressed, Mr. Treski decides that Evan needs to do a magic show on Memorial Day weekend. Since Memorial Day is very close they all practice, set the stage and advertise the magic show. This of course does not go on without a hitch, but that's the least of their problem. Evan and Jessie also have to worry about a Category 1 hurricane coming their way, and when the military calls, their dad has to leave them behind. So when the hurricane comes who can they rely on too keep them safe and to survive the hurricane? The answer is themselves of course! But can they survive this natural disaster?

The Magic Trap is such an amazing and exciting story. There are just millions of ways to describe the book. The plot is very well developed and very realistic for almost every part of the book. You can totally relate to this book in any way- from, being stuck in a scary problem like a hurricane, too being let down by someone who's very important to you. Davies writing brings the story to life, and it's easy to see how Evan or Jessie not just from my own experiences. Magic Trap is filled with descriptive words, original and realistic characters and a unique and powerful message. One of my favorite aspects about this book is that you don't have to read the first four books in the series. It all makes sense in one book and the books don't seem to rely on the last book to tell a whole new adventure! Additionally, Davies also added some very good plot twists in the book. For example, when their mother's friend ends up in a car accident resulting in a change of plan. This is a nice novel to read at an elementary school level because of the vocabulary. One good part about the chapters is that most of them are based on a √ívocabulary√ď word and underneath you can find the definition. Which helps elementary school students learn more words and expand their vocabulary. Overall, The Magic Trap is a remarkable book to read to yourself or to young ones, so I recommended trying it and I'm sure you'll be satisfied with the results.

Review written by Ian (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Houghton Mifflin for providing a copy of The Magic Trap for this review.

Have you read The Magic Trap? How would you rate it?

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