This Side of Magic

By Debbie Dadey; Marcia Thornton Jones; Adam Stower (Illustrator)
(Starscape Books, Paperback, 9780765359827, 133pp.)

Publication Date: April 28, 2009

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The first in a series of light fantasy chapter books set in Morgantown, a town on the border between the real world and the magical world, by the authors of the "Publishers Weekly" bestselling BAILEY SCHOOL KIDS--a series of 50 books with more than 30 million copies sold


"You are my chosen apprentices," said Mr. Leery.


Penny and Luke aren't sure they want to be apprentice Keyholders. A Keyholder's job, explains their neighbor, Mr. Leery, is to guard the border between the real world and the magical world.


But when they meet their "links"--magical helpers from the other side of the border--they change their minds. Penny's link is Kirin, a sarcastic unicorn. Luke forms a link with a clumsy baby dragon named Dracula.


And just in time For the evil Queen of the Boggarts is determined to invade their world--and only the Keyholders and their links can stop her.




About the Author
Debbie Dadey is an award-winning children's book author who has written more than 140 books. She is best known for her series The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, written with Marcia Thornton Jones. Debbie lives with her husband, three children, and three dogs in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

MARCIA THORNTON JONES enjoys reading more than anything else. As a teacher, her favorite part of the school day was sharing books with her students. It was that love of reading that drew her to writing. She wanted to write the same kinds of stories that she and her students enjoyed reading. One afternoon she mentioned to the school librarian that she'd always had an interest in writing. The librarian, Debbie Dadey, shared a common desire to write stories that would encourage reading skills while promoting a true joy of reading. The next afternoon, Marcia and Debbie met while their students were at lunch and began writing. That story, Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots, became the first book in their bestselling series, The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids.
Marcia lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, Stephen, and their two cats.

Adam Stower has a rich imagination and loves fantasy and adventure stories. He studied illustration at the Norwich School of Art and Design and at the University of Brighton, and lives with his daughter in Brighton, England.
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