The Well-Wishers

The Well Wishers Just when the children thought the magic in the old well was all played out that is if it was magic and had sworn an oath in blood not to make any wishes until the well gave them a sign Gordy in a r

  • Title: The Well-Wishers
  • Author: Edward Eager N.M. Bodecker
  • ISBN: 9780152949945
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Paperback
  • Just when the children thought the magic in the old well was all played out that is, if it was magic and had sworn an oath in blood not to make any wishes until the well gave them a sign, Gordy in a reckless moment told it to get going with its magic, or else Something certainly did begin to happen then, whether it was magic or not, for a strange, witchlike old woJust when the children thought the magic in the old well was all played out that is, if it was magic and had sworn an oath in blood not to make any wishes until the well gave them a sign, Gordy in a reckless moment told it to get going with its magic, or else Something certainly did begin to happen then, whether it was magic or not, for a strange, witchlike old woman came to the children s secret house in the wood soon after and led Gordy away The most unexpected things kept on happening all through that eventful autumn, just the sort of things an unpredictable wishing well might involve them in, from reforming a nearly delinquent juvenile at school, keeping apple trees and romance in bloom, and rescuing a damsel in distress, to helping a new family settle in the community.

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    1. Another great book in the Edward Eager collection. This one is a bit different from the others, even somewhat different than the preceding one, though it features the same group of children. It is written as though from the perspective of each of the children, which gives it a nice character. And the focus is on growing up and doing good for neighbors. Well written, as ever, and a delight to read.

    2. I love the way the author writes this beautiful fantasy story while overall maintaining a plausible plot. The fantasy isn’t overdone. The main characters are all so lovable. I loved seeing the different view points and writing styles of the various characters and seeing them grow.

    3. The five children are back for more magic from their wishing well. But this time the magic is including all sorts of unsuitable people in their adventures, and the children aren't sure if they can accept these new people encroaching on their magic business. Can the school bully really be reformed by the magic, or does he deserve to be punished for his previous schoolyard crimes? Will the children try to help an extremely annoying opera diva, or will they avoid her like the plague? And what about [...]

    4. This is the sixth book in the Tales of Magic series by Edward Eagereresting quotes:"Physical violence never solved anything in the world, we all realize." (p. 3)"Sticks and stones may break your bones, but names and plain truths and meanness can go much deeper and cut you to the quick." (pp. 18-19)"The books tell all about knights and musketeers rescuing beautiful damsels. But they never put in what Lancelot said to Elaine on the ride home. Or D'Artagnan to Milady de Winter, either." (p. 190)"It [...]

    5. Edward Eager's books were stories I loved as a child and having re-read them as an adult I still quite enjoy them. The stories and characters hold up to the test of time. These books are clever and intriguing and the characters are very endearing.

    6. This is one of Edward Eager's cheesiest books. I know it's meant to be a deeper read (not as magic, more good deeds and such), but that makes it not as much fun. The problems throughout the book are all solved much too quickly, with very little plot arc.

    7. I really like how this book and that last book use a subtle form of magic. It really makes you wonder if it is magic or not. But not only that but this book also tackles the moral issue of accepting others which was a big issue when this book was written and sadly it is still a big issue. You would think that we would have been able to put that behind us now and move on but we still struggle. Some people may not think this is appropriate to put in a children's book. But Eager does it in such a w [...]

    8. This is the one that broke me. I was okay with the previous one, with the magic not really being real, being the product of the children's good deeds, but this one was too disjointed for me. I don't know if it was the transition into an "I" book from each of the character's perspectives or something else. Anyway, while still delightful this one lost a bit of the magic for me.

    9. This was my favorite book as a child. I was happy to find it on eBay and am reliving a more innocent time. It's reminded me of a more idealistic me, when I believed in magic and the good in the world.

    10. readfantasybooks.wordpressThe Well-Wishers is the second part of the previous Tales of Magic book, Magic or Not?, which includes the same children we have come to adore! James, Kip, Laura, Lydia, and Gordy are back with new adventures!I thought it was interesting how this book was written. It reminds me a lot of the first book in which each child has their own chapter in the book and explains all about their adventure. I really like that it was in first-person because I feel like that gives a mo [...]

    11. So I am beginning this story, and after that each one will tell what happened to him or her, as the case may be, and each one will tell it in his own way. Only we have made one rule, which is not to tell about the days when nothing happened, because who would want to read about them? And another rule is not to put in things that don't mean anything and are just there to try to make it more exciting. Like saying, "There I stood, my heart beating." Naturally your heart would be beating. Otherwise [...]

    12. Originally posted at Here There Be Books on June 24, 2013.Guess what The Well-Wishers is! It is the sequel to Magic or Not! AND I REALLY LOVE IT.It's kind of the perfect sequel: similar enough to Magic or Not to give me the warm squishy feelings of reading a really awesome book, but different enough so it's not just the same story over again. For example! It's written in first person POV, and each kid gets their own chapter to tell their part of the story. The great thing is that they all sound [...]

    13. (This is the same as my review of Magic or Not)Edward Eager was one of my favorite authors when I was a child. However, I only read Magic or Not and its sequel, The Well Wishers once or twice. (The others I read countless times!)What I liked about Eager's other books was that magical adventures befell ordinary children living in ordinary neighborhoods in the United States. But in Magic or Not the very existence of magic is very ambiguous. In fact, the characters themselves aren't sure whether th [...]

    14. It was pretty good. It taught about believing in something even when you don't believe in yourself.It taught about sticking together and finding a positive solution in each negative situation.It taught that something as simple as a water well could represent a creative sign to send magical wishes that could teach a powerful lesson.Sometimes it just takes a little team work and ideas from your heart to make something special happen. Sometimes you need to not judge a book by it's cover and give a [...]

    15. Awesome, as usual. This andMagic or Not?are probably my favourite in the series. There's that chill you get when the coincidences stack up and you debate with yourself whether there was magic or not? Plus the old world charm is, well, perfectly charming.Unfortunately, James, Kip and Laura were hardly in the this book. However, I enjoyed Gordy and Dicky's growing-up, and love Lydia to bits, so it was alright. Surprisingly, there was no mention of Deborah's strange low voice, and she seems almost [...]

    16. As I said in my review of Magic or Not?, this is my least favorite duo in the series. And The Well-Wishers is definitely my least favorite of the books overall. I previously thought the whole series deserved 5 stars but after re-reading this one, it's definitely nowhere near the others so I can't give it that honor. I think the first-person perspective is a big part of the problem — the kids in the previous books had flaws, and that was okay, but reading everything from each kid's perspective, [...]

    17. This book was pretty good, but not nearly as entertaining as Edward Eager's book Half Magic. This book isn't on the AR reading list, but I would place it around 6.7 or 7.0. Half Magic is 5.0 on the AR reading list, and is a very fun book about a charm some children find that only grants half of what you wish. There are all sorts of sticky situations that arise from it. The Well-Wishers is about some children who believe they can make wishes on a well in their neighborhood. In the well-wishers, y [...]

    18. Unlike any book in its series, The Well-Wishers by Edward Eager is a story told by fictional characters, which started out with an intro by James, followed by the true beginning of the magic. It came to the children one at a time, who used the magic for solving problems. And at the end, when the magic finally suspended, Laura concluded the story by making everyone write their endings as the fictional children.This story is full of mystery; conundrums that make the reader try to predict the next [...]

    19. Once again, Eager has done a great job of portraying some very realistic kids, both in how they act and in how they think. This was a nice story about kids doing nice things for other people. James was certainly amusing as a character, especially as he thought himself a man at the end of the book. Eager does a good job of providing an entertaining story as well as things for grown-ups to chuckle at.Rating: G.*SMALL SPOILER AHEAD*So it took me some thinking to understand what was different about [...]

    20. WHAT I LEARNED FROM THIZ BOOK IS #1 THAT THEY LIKE TO WISH ALOT #2 IS THAT WHEN THEY USE IT SOMETIMES IT DONT WORK BECAUSE THEY SAY THE WELL DOESNT WORK. #3 IS THAT THEY HATE WAITING FOR THERE WISH BECAUSE IT TAKES SO LONG THAT THEY KEEP PUTING MORE WISHES IN IT. THATS ALL I GOT 4 NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#4 my review from thiz book is that gordy threatens the old well, telling it to get going with its magic or eles!and that seems to do the trick. suddenly laura, lydia, james,and kip- who feared [...]

    21. So, I had started to think that Eager's stories were getting a little repetitive, and I just got proved wrong. Seeing the story from the kids' perspective was a really cool touch and it was something very unique. As always, I loved the tone he writes in, but this one was something special. Whether it was just because it was from the new point of view, or because of the deeper messages he wove in, I think this just became my favorite tale of magic.

    22. I really like this series so far. It's a bit outdated, but the themes in this one are very relevant to this day. What I particularly liked about this book was the fact that rather than an extravagant magical adventure, these children see magic as the opportunities that they are given to help people, making the story's problems and solutions relatable for children who read it.

    23. Edward Eager's books are classics, and some of my very favorites from childhood. The illustrations by N.M. Bodeker were a huge influence on me, and I loved the stories (you think Harry Potter is original? Hardly). These are excellent books, published mid-century, that build on a foundation laid decades earlier by masters like E. Nesbit.

    24. The "Well Wishers",( in contrast to "Magic or Not") is written first person from the point of view of multiple characters. This gives it an almost unbearably precious tone. Really the only thing I can say I like about this book was the discovery and reclamation of an abandoned house. I do like the idea of a fixer-upper. Otherwise, this book is not a keeper.

    25. Not as good as the last, I'm afraid, although I'd completely forgotten the character of Dicky and was delighted to rediscover him. It's just that now that I'm not a kid anymore, I know the world isn't righted quite so easily as the children manage to do it.Also I've since become a fanficcer, and want someone to write them all grown up and having semi-magical adventures. :)

    26. I love magic. I love to read books written for children. This book is a lovely combination of both. It made me smile, relax, enjoy and feel young. The young kids in this county believe in their wishing well and how their efforts in doing good brings the wishes true. What an apt name of the book, The Well wishers!!Want to totally relax, go read it. :-)

    27. For me, this book helped my relationship with God. No, the book has nothing to do with religion or spirituality, but it's all about believing. Luckily, faith is faith, whether it's in magic, a person, or anything else. Edward Eager depicts faith so simply and clearly, that anyone wondering what it means to believe can't help but gain insight with child-like clarity.Ages: 3rd grade and up

    28. I do love these books, but they were written more than 50 years ago. I'm reading them out loud to my son, and I find myself skipping over terms that are repeated over and over, like "old lady," and replacing them

    29. Without moralizing, the author addresses some heavy issues, such as attitudes towards the mentally ill, racial tensions, prejudice, bullying, and juvenile delinquency. The middle schoolers in this story are looking for a way to do good to others, while having adventures.

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