Rings, Wardrobes and Magic Mushrooms

I really love this one…

IAN JOHNSTONE

Magical Objects in Middle Grade Fiction

This article was originally published on Middle Grade Strikes Back.

I am lucky enough to be spending quite a bit of time in schools at the moment, talking to children about creating magic in writing. One of the first things I ask them to do is to shout out their favourite magical object in any book they’ve read. I stand poised to write the answers on the whiteboard and often there’s a hesitation – not because no one can think of an answer, but because they’re wondering where to start. A fraction of a second later, when I hear that first cry of “Harry’s wand!” or “the Wishing Chair!” the flood gates open and the workshop is carried away on a tide of fantastical artifacts. RingOften the first in that flood are those from the titles of the classics, like the wardrobe in

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