Save Magic City – Hurled into the time flow by a banishing spell, 13th century Edmund lands into the USA, 2007, in answer to Leona’s fervent prayers for help to save her town.
The corporation employing the townspeople has left, the bank foreclosures have created whole streets of empty houses, people are leaving in droves… the town is slowly dying.
A black magician in his old time, Edmund is forbidden to do any magic if it is not for helping other people. He discovers and is fascinated by the magical powers of Internet and wants to bring instant relief to the townspeople, but Leona, who does not trust their dependency on magic, forbids him to do so.
Leo, Leona’s adoptive son, and his friends, Squirrel and Raccoon, accept the magic with enthusiasm and do their best to help the town to survive.
When misfortune strikes, Leona gives her blessing for Edmund to use his magic.
The three essential viewpoints in the book:
The town is any town in USA in which the corporations have left, leaving behind destruction of lives, breaking of families, loss of home and property.
Though I treat this as solvable through magic, a concerted effort of all inhabitants could bring good results even without magic. Children are more aware of the environment then they were in other times. They live all these changes themselves and may recognize parts of the story as it applies to their own lives.
It should tell the reader that being independent and helping one’s neighbours is more important in times of struggle than having a job for which one trembles every day in fear of losing it.
Save Magic City
Author: Rocsanne Shield
Publication Date: December 2010
ISBN # 978-1450264846
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“Save Magic City is a fun, fast paced novel, which I really enjoyed reading (finished it in one evening!) Rocsanne Shield has crafted a fun story about a 13th Centery guy who lands in the middle of the internet crazed 2007. I found myself reading it with a big smile on my face, and I am really curious for more books by Rocsanne. Recommended read!”
Marjolein, Marjolein Book Blog.
“Although the setting for Save the City is the USA it is equally relevant to any western country . The first thing I realised as I was reading was that not only are today’s children growing up in a world ruled by multinationals, huge corporations and franchises but they know nothing else. The days of friendly local businesses and employers , of focus on community welfare and growth that I can remember is as distant to them as Edmund’s medieval time. The story uses magic to bring change but the real message is that the magic lies within everyone if they’re willing to work together for the good of everyone.”
Cat, Tell Me a Story.
“If your kids like magic and fantasy, then they’ll want to check out the book Save Magic City, by Rocsanne Shield. At close to 300 pages, this chapter book will appeal to kids in upper elementary school, middle school, or high school.”
Susan Heim, Susan Heim on Parenting
“The kids will able to learn some good like friendship, teamwork, confident, learning history of another century, as well as doing good deeds to others. Even though some where in the middle will has a slow pace, the book is worth reading and you’ll find it enjoyable too. This is a wonderful book that I fully recommend for kids and teens.”
Darlyn, Darlyn & Books.