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Everything about Midnight Magic

A book about a magician who doesn’t believe in magic? A ghost story about characters who don’t believe in ghosts? A mystery in which the servant may know more than the master? All of these are true about Midnight Magic!

Midnight MagicBehind the story

Sometimes writers write just for the fun of it. Midnight Magic is me having fun with the idea of a ghost story. I had been reading some ghost stories, (I don’t recall which) and thought I’d play with some of the classic ghost story notions: A haunting, a magician, an ancient city. As for the ancient city, I had recently visited the fascinating city of Naples (the Italian one) and used its unusual placement—a steep hill—for the setting of the book. read more

Resources

Discussion guide

Listen to Jeff Woodman read Chapter 11 (Spotify).

Read Me a Story, Ink features 95 ghost stories that are suitable for elementary and middle school readers and listeners. (Select the category “ghosts” on this page.) Or if its magic you’re looking for, search the same page for “magic” for 33 stories in that category.

Articles to inspire discussion

Do You Believe in Magic?” Benedict Carey, The New York Times, 23 January 2007

The Ghost Story Persists in American Literature. Why?” Parul Sehgal, The New York Times, 22 October 2018.

Video

Other ghost stories among my books

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