Dirty Magic

Dirty Magic

by Carol Hughes

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Overview

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375849190
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/08/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
File size: 527 KB
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Carol Hughes learned all about great fantasy growing up in England. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters. The author lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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Dirty Magic 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Crewman_Number_6 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book kept me engaged, but I felt a little cheated by the ending. I also didn't see how the title really fit the book, however it was fairly enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very slow and boring. It is very hard to finish. By-M.C.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I mean it was an okay book you could say. I mean by page 200 it got slightly good, but for most people that's not what they're looking for. Most people want the action to start at the very beginning. The story is also very confusing. I mean its like 2 sisters that are fighting for world domination or something. I mean i read it and I still don't fully understand the dang story. I mean you can read it if you want, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it to someone who wants an engaging story full of twists and turns and action.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
I 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 comas to wait for either life or death.

In Asphodel, he finds a very dreary, industrialized place.

It is constantly raining. He is taken to a guide and luck finds him with a blind guide named Spider. At first we believe that Spider is not very reliable, but soon we learn that Spider is the one person that Joe needs to believe in and follow if he wants to find his sister. This land is at war. There are killing machines, secret police, and a bureaucracy that makes moving across this land almost impossible. They have to go to Long City, which is in the middle of the country, and the adventure they have dodging the machines, the secret police, and surviving the weather is amazing. On this journey Joe learns about the politics of the land and starts to use his brains to help the three of them survive.

The end of this story has a great twist and I enjoyed the last one hundred pages immensely. I have rated this for older teens, but a mature younger reader would probably also like it. The moral of this story is that we all do things that are horrible but we can all be forgiven. That we are not be so ashamed of our secrets that we hide from the world and let others rule over us. This is a great lesson to learn at any age.

So if you like books about war, fantasy, science fiction, and great relationships, go pick up a copy of DIRTY MAGIC.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I 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 comas to wait for either life or death. In Asphodel, he finds a very dreary, industrialized place. It is constantly raining. He is taken to a guide and luck finds him with a blind guide named Spider. At first we believe that Spider is not very reliable, but soon we learn that Spider is the one person that Joe needs to believe in and follow if he wants to find his sister. This land is at war. There are killing machines, secret police, and a bureaucracy that makes moving across this land almost impossible. They have to go to Long City, which is in the middle of the country, and the adventure they have dodging the machines, the secret police, and surviving the weather is amazing. On this journey Joe learns about the politics of the land and starts to use his brains to help the three of them survive. The end of this story has a great twist and I enjoyed the last one hundred pages immensely. I have rated this for older teens, but a mature younger reader would probably also like it. The moral of this story is that we all do things that are horrible but we can all be forgiven. That we are not be so ashamed of our secrets that we hide from the world and let others rule over us. This is a great lesson to learn at any age. So if you like books about war, fantasy, science fiction, and great relationships, go pick up a copy of DIRTY MAGIC. **Reviewed by: Marta Morrison
Guest More than 1 year ago
i hated this book the worst waste of 2 weeks of my life it was the most boring book i have ever read next to a separate peace by john knowles
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter is carrying this book everywhere! She reads it at night, on the way to school, on the way home from school, and any other time she can squeeze it in...she's nearly done and adores the story of Joe and his sister!!!