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Reiss, Kathryn.
San Diego : Harcourt, 2002.
IL 5-8, RL 6.8
ISBN 0152163611

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

What would you do if you came down for breakfast one morning and your mother was acting really different?  I mean, she's your mother but she is acting strange.  She even removes all the tvs from the house!  Connor soon figures it out.  His real mother has been transported back in time to 1926.  And now it is up to him to break the spell.  And it all goes back to the famous 15th century painter, Lorenzo da Padova.  How does all of this fit together?  You'll just have to read this book to find out!

Booktalk #2

Paint by Magic is a story about one boy’s journey though time and mystery. The main Character, Connor, has a busy everyday schedule. One day, one of his after school activities is cancelled and he returns home early. When he arrives he discovers his mother home, this is unusual in itself, but on top of it all she appears to be frozen in a terrifying smile, as if she was posing. After many freezing spells he realizes that an old art book may have a connection. The book contains repeated paintings of a woman that has a striking resemblance to his mother. He finds a sketch that has been within the book and it allows him to travel through time. Suddenly the year is 1926 and Connor is on a journey to discover the mystery between his mother’s strange behavior and the painter. (Andrea Magnotta, student, Mansfield High School)

SUBJECTS:     Time travel -- Fiction.
                        Artists -- Fiction.
                        Mystery and detective stories.


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