Sunday, October 14, 2007

Review: The Magic Hour

The Magic Hour by James S. Crowley

“ ‘I’ll come back as soon as they let me.’ Brian grinned. ‘Neat dream, huh? Flying all over town. Except it wasn’t really a dream!’ He waved good-bye and his image faded into the light…”
Born on Halloween, twins Eddie and Brian McCourt are practically inseparable. When Brian dies in a fall from their tree house, Eddie has a hard time accepting the fact that Brian is dead. Devastated by the loss of his best friend, Eddie’s has only one birthday wish this year: to see and talk to his brother again.

When Eddie talks to Brian in a dream, he is convinced that Brian is still alive. In addition to giving Eddie advice about helping his friends and neighbors, Brian urges Eddie to look for him “when time stands still” on Halloween night. The thought gives Eddie comfort, and he eagerly awaits the arrival of his birthday.

With the end of Daylight Savings Time, the clock strikes 1 o’clock twice on Halloween night. In an otherworldly experience during this magic hour, Eddie not only gets to see his brother again, but learns a valuable lesson in helping those around us.

Filled with cast of real and exciting characters, The Magic Hour is a enchanting read. In addition to Eddie and Brian’s story, readers learn about twin connections, Halloween customs, and how our actions can effect other people. Filled with humor, emotion, and even a tiny bit of love, Eddie journey is a truly thought-provoking story.

Recommended for readers 12 and up, although older readers and adults will probably gain more insights into the underlying messages. If you’ve been looking for a perfect Halloween read, then look no further. Autumn or not, this is a great book any time of the year.

Shady Glade Rating: 8/10

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