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Waiting for the Magic

Waiting for the Magic

Illustrated by: Amy June Bates
For Ages: 8 - 12
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People may drift apart
But love can hold them together.
Sometimes we find that love through magic –
Sometimes that magic is all around us.

This is a story about all of these things.

But it's also a story about how
four dogs
and one cat
help one boy
and his sister
save their family.
Choose a format:
  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 160 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416927457 | 
  • September 2011 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7
List Price $17.99

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Waiting for the Magic Chapter 1
IT WAS EARLY ON A SATURDAY summer morning when my mother and father stopped arguing and Papa walked away. He is a teacher of literature at the college, so he could have said words when he left. He didn’t. And this time he didn’t slam the door. He shut it with a small, soft sound that made me jump.

“Click,” said my four-year-old sister, Elinor, looking up from her coloring book. I stared at the door. I could feel my heart thump. And I could feel tears coming.

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About the Author

Patricia MacLachlan
Photograph by John MacLachlan

Patricia MacLachlan

Patricia MacLachlan is the author of many well-loved novels and picture books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal; its sequels, Skylark and Caleb’s Story; Edward’s Eyes; The True Gift; Waiting for the Magic; White Fur Flying; and Fly Away. She lives in western Massachusetts.

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