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A Strange Case of Magic [Paperback]

Kenneth Oppel
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Feb. 8 2010
When Giles, Tina and Kevin see books moving in the library all by themselves, they know they have to investigate. But Tina’s amazing ghostometer doesn’t pick up any ghosts, so what could that mysterious presence be?

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“These elementary-level chapter books are perfect for the beginning independent reader. Interest-grabbing action begins with the first page, and the mystery and suspense of the problems to be solved carry the reader through to the end . . . . A very appealing series. Highly recommended.”
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Illustrated with black and white drawings, this series explores the world of fantasy and mystery for young readers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Series for Young Readers May 27 2010
By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Tina Quark has enlisted the help of her brother, Kevin, and Giles Barnes to locate some books for her at the library for her latest invention. Of course, they end up in the basement in a dusty old room, where no one would ever want to read these ancient tomes. While searching Giles sees books floating and Tina checks her trusty ghostometer but does not get a single ghostly reading. If not a ghost, then why are magic books floating? "It's just me" replies a voice and Barnes & The Brains now match science and wit to figure out how to help poor Mr. Kapoor, beginner magician who made himself invisible and can't reverse the spell. Totally independent from the first book, though it does briefly mention events from that book. This book also gives a quick rundown on the characters and their status for those who haven't read the first book. I really enjoyed this one, even more than book 1 (Ghosts). The introduction of the bored librarian who was excited to help them in any small capacity was funny and she had some giggle inducing lines. I'm attached to the characters and I can see some growth in their relationship. Another well-written, unique plot and highly recommended first chapter book from Oppel. I look forward to reading book 3.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun March 16 2010
By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
In this second book, Barnes is waiting to meet the Brains at the Library. Barnes is friends with two child geniuses, Kevin and Tina Quark - Tina being the more academic of the two, and a little bit less personable. While in the library stacks looking for books for Tina for her latest project - experiment Barnes sees a stack of books floating and sees another one come off the shelf and be flipped through. He finds the Quarks and shows them what he has discovered. Tina thinks it is a ghost, Barnes is not so sure. Once they discover what is really going on, will Tina's science solve the problem, or will Barnes' more practical common sense approach save the day again? You will need to read it to find out.

Harper Collins, is currently republishing the original six books in this series. These books were previously published between 1994 and 2004 by Scholastic. The books intended for young readers are good, fun reads. Barnes & the Brains books will easily be enjoyed by youth and their parents, or youth of all ages. Yet we can only hope that more books will soon come out in this grand series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Series for Young Readers May 27 2010
By Nicola Mansfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Tina Quark has enlisted the help of her brother, Kevin, and Giles Barnes to locate some books for her at the library for her latest invention. Of course, they end up in the basement in a dusty old room, where no one would ever want to read these ancient tomes. While searching Giles sees books floating and Tina checks her trusty ghostometer but does not get a single ghostly reading. If not a ghost, then why are magic books floating? "It's just me" replies a voice and Barnes & The Brains now match science and wit to figure out how to help poor Mr. Kapoor, beginner magician who made himself invisible and can't reverse the spell. Totally independent from the first book, though it does briefly mention events from that book. This book also gives a quick rundown on the characters and their status for those who haven't read the first book. I really enjoyed this one, even more than book 1 (Ghosts). The introduction of the bored librarian who was excited to help them in any small capacity was funny and she had some giggle inducing lines. I'm attached to the characters and I can see some growth in their relationship. Another well-written, unique plot and highly recommended first chapter book from Oppel. I look forward to reading book 3.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun March 16 2010
By Steven R. McEvoy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In this second book, Barnes is waiting to meet the Brains at the Library. Barnes is friends with two child geniuses, Kevin and Tina Quark - Tina being the more academic of the two, and a little bit less personable. While in the library stacks looking for books for Tina for her latest project - experiment Barnes sees a stack of books floating and sees another one come off the shelf and be flipped through. He finds the Quarks and shows them what he has discovered. Tina thinks it is a ghost, Barnes is not so sure. Once they discover what is really going on, will Tina's science solve the problem, or will Barnes' more practical common sense approach save the day again? You will need to read it to find out.

Harper Collins, is currently republishing the original six books in this series. These books were previously published between 1994 and 2004 by Scholastic. The books intended for young readers are good, fun reads. Barnes & the Brains books will easily be enjoyed by youth and their parents, or youth of all ages. Yet we can only hope that more books will soon come out in this grand series.
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