The Time of Green Magic (Paperback)

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Five starred reviews!
“An instant classic.” —The New York Times Book Review

From award-winning author Hilary McKay comes “a memorable family story” (Booklist, starred review) about a girl adjusting to her new home—with the help of a little magic.

When Abi’s father marries Max and Louis’s mom, their families start over together. Abi suddenly finds herself the middle child, expected to share far too much—especially with grubby little Louis. Then they move into an eerie, ivy-covered house, big enough for all of them.

But for the children, strange things start to happen in that house. Abi reads alone, and finds herself tumbling so deep into books, they almost seem real. Louis summons comfort from outdoors, and a startling guest arrives—is it a cat or something else? Max loses his best friend…and falls in love. Meanwhile, Louis’s secret visitor is becoming much too real. Now Abi, Max, and Louis must uncover the secrets of their new home—for there can be danger in even the most beautiful magic.

From award-winning author Hilary McKay comes a story that is at once enchanting and thrilling—if you don’t get lost in it first.

About the Author

Hilary McKay is the award-winning author of The Time of Green Magic (which received five starred reviews), The Skylarks’ War (which was a Boston Globe Best Book and received three starred reviews), Binny Bewitched (which was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year and received two starred reviews), Binny in Secret (which received three starred reviews), Binny for Short (which received four starred reviews), and six novels about the Casson family: Saffy’s AngelIndigo’s Star, Permanent RoseCaddy Ever AfterForever Rose, and Caddy’s World. She is also the author of Wishing for Tomorrow, the sequel to Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess, and The Swallows’ Flight. Hilary lives with her family in Derbyshire, England. Visit her at

Praise For…

"Utterly instant classic."
— The New York Times Book Review

* "A memorable family story."
— Booklist, starred review

* "A perfect mix of magic and realism."
— School Library Journal, starred review

* "McKay leaves enticing ambiguity between the real and fantastical, creating an unassailable magic of her own in an incandescent portrait of family, friendship, and imagination." 
— Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "McKay draws on her genius in creating amiable, chaotic families containing members with their own personal dramas; the clan is an endearing one, and their frustrations with family and friends seamlessly blend into the fantasy element...This would make an excellent British counterpart to American early fantasies like Law’s Savvy."
— BCCB, starred review

* "McKay...creates a captivating world to fall into, full of honesty and humor."
— The Horn Book, starred review

"Overflowing with heart and magic." 
— Kirkus Reviews
Product Details
ISBN: 9781534462779
ISBN-10: 1534462775
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: July 6th, 2021
Pages: 272
Language: English