- By Carol Hughes

Dirty Magic

  • Title: Dirty Magic
  • Author: Carol Hughes
  • ISBN: 9780375831874
  • Page: 494
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dirty Magic After a night of particularly strange and vivid dreams Joe is visited by a girl who seems to be all gray from her hair to her eyes to her clothes Wherever she steps the world melts away replaced b

    After a night of particularly strange and vivid dreams, Joe is visited by a girl who seems to be all gray, from her hair to her eyes to her clothes Wherever she steps, the world melts away, replaced by a land of mud and rain Telling Joe he must come with her if he wants to save his younger sister, who is gravely ill, the girl leads Joe through to her gray world, which isAfter a night of particularly strange and vivid dreams, Joe is visited by a girl who seems to be all gray, from her hair to her eyes to her clothes Wherever she steps, the world melts away, replaced by a land of mud and rain Telling Joe he must come with her if he wants to save his younger sister, who is gravely ill, the girl leads Joe through to her gray world, which is in the midst of a twenty year old war There Joe dodges bullets, fearsome motion tracking tanks, and the secret police as he searches for his sister.

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    1. Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadTooI really liked Carol Hughes' book DIRTY MAGIC. It is about an unlikely hero by the name of Joe. Joe has a major fight with his little sister, Hannah, and wishes she were dead. The next thing he knows, he is dreaming that his sister is being taken away in an ambulance. He wakes up and finds a gray girl named Katherine, who says she needs to take him to Asphodel, so that he can find his sister. Asphodel is the place where children go when they are in coma [...]

    2. This was a strangely written book. I found it in the children’s section, the book looks childish, the writing is big, the protagonist is ten. Yet the vocabulary used is that of an adult, the children reason like adults, the setting is very mature. A war-streaked land, two ethnicities fighting ruthlessly, manipulative ambassadors, slavery, death penalties are all part of this book.First of all, Joe, the protagonist, was bland. He was a flat nobody who had absolutely nothing else in mind than hi [...]

    3. This is one book that I really hope becomes a motion picture one day. I had very strong visuals while reading which also has me falling in love with this author. This beautifully written fantasy book had me on my toes as I followed through the characters vivid dream and gray story line. I am excited to have this as a possibility in book bins in my future classroom. Students within intermediate grades will love this plot and adventure.

    4. Joe Brooks, a boy who likes models and Monster Machine magazine, gets up in the middle of the night and finds that his bathroom door opens into a muddy plain stretching to the horizon all around. Suddenly Joe is in a strange, island world where the sun never shines, the war never ends, and the lost children who regularly appear out of nowhere never seem to get home again. A world torn apart between two sister queens who both blame each other for the death of a third sister. A world where trenche [...]

    5. Oh. My. Goodness fudgealishnes. That was fantastic. It was amazing, this book is about a kid named Joe who is forced into this other world by a girl named Kathrine. For some reason, they need him to do something that involves him traveling about with a war, and a never ending rainstorm. They meet this blind guy, Spider, who is so much more than he seems. Joe thinks that he is there to save his sister from illness, because his sister is always sick. He also thinks that he made her sick because he [...]

    6. How is this not some renowned children's classic? I'm so glad I rediscovered this, just one little copy in a hidden second-bookstore in the depths of the belly of the city. It's cliche to say it, but it was like finding a long, lost treasure. And now, my little sisters will be conscripted into reading this book, as will my future kids and grand-kids.It's just so good. Dirty Magic just takes you into this perfectly whimsical world; okay, it starts as perfectly dreary and grim, but you can see tha [...]

    7. A should-be-classic in children's literature, 'Dirty Magic' by Carol Hughes captures the essence of what we all love in children literature, while capturing our attention with lessons well learned of the consequences of making rash wishes. It's just a little more substantial than Alice in Wonderland, and less dark than the Harry Potter series, I'd recommend this to any parent who liked Aesop's fables and the morals it taught in easy to understand stories. Though Dirty Magic is just one story, by [...]

    8. Again, I was more interested in the side-characters/supporting cast than the actual main character. Spider was probably my favorite but that might be because I like badass-blind people.Kat was pretty cool too but every time she started spouting some biased war-propaganda nonsense I wanted to slug her.The pace of the book wasn't that great and didn't really hold my attention until the middle/end. Overall it was an ok book but I'm not sure I'll ever pick it up again.

    9. I admit, some points of this book were confusing. But this book is a great and fun ride. And don't be fooled by the title, it's clean if you are worried about swearing or anything else. This book makes you wonder about how our world would turn out if we really did have magic among us, and how we would use it. But you gotta read it to know what I am talking about.

    10. This book was fantastic! I don't even know what to say. The characters were wonderfully drawn and the world was beautifully built. I find myself wanting much, much more of this universe and its characters, and I would definitely recommend this book to ANYONE looking for a good read. Check it out for sure!

    11. amazing guys!just really an amazing read. Full of plot twists and discoveries. their adventure(katherine,spider,joe) through different lands was so cool!but the ending was kind of sad for me when it was time for Joe to leave.But still loved it! THUMBs UP!

    12. A good look into morality, life, death, motivation, and heroism. An entertaining read from start to finish. Great for middle school

    13. This was a present to my book loving daughter. I read it on our holiday and did enjoy it. The writing was fairly mature, as were the characters. A YA book I don't regret reading.

    14. Good story, good plot. Extremely predictable but I still think it was good. I also like the thinking about clues/hints.

    15. I couldnt remember the name of this book! I tried so hard, and I finally remembered it today!Wonderful story, I loved it. Great plotline, one of the most original things I've ever read.

    16. Started slow, but picked up nicely, especially near the end. Motivation for the children seemed shaky, but children perhaps think differently than adults.

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