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30 December 2010 @ 06:41 pm
Rare children's book  
If anyone sees an affordable copy of the children's book The 13th is Magic by Joan Howard, please let me know. Amazon's cheapest price is 184.00! Elsewhere I found it for 100.00, completely out of my range. For whatever reason it has been out of print for decades. Sad that children can't continue to appreciate it. It was a lovely children's book with illustrations.

The description:

New York is a magic city where almost anything can happen -- especially if you live on the 13th floor of an apartment house on Central Park West. Now of course, since most people are superstitious there is no real 13th floor in hotels or apartment houses, and the one where Ronnie and Gillian live, although it is right above the 12th, is called the 14th. It is not until the day they find the black cat Merlin that they discover the magical 13th floor where the hall paper is a pattern of bats, owls and broomsticks, with borders made of old charms and incantations. In the various apartments on this floor live a remarkable group of characters that the children meet and then see more of in the adventures that follow on the 13th of every month. Like all New York children, Ronnie and Gillian play in Central Park, ride on the ferry, and visit the fascinating shops near Broadway. But not all children are lucky enough to have a little box of daylight saving time to open in fog, and not all New York children can whistle up a snowstorm that falls only on Central Park while the rest of the city is bathed in dazzling sunlight, or ride with the Comet cleaners through the sky. Their mother could never understand why such extraordinary things happened only to the Saunders children, and not in other families. "Perhaps they do, my dear," their father told her. "Perhaps they do and the other people just aren't telling!"

Some of you may enjoy it via your public or university libraries. For example, Chicago and Evanston have it. It's not at any of my local libraries, alas. You can check for it here: http://www.worldcat.org/

It also has a sequel which I never got to read, entitled The Summer is Magic.
carmy_wcarmy_w on December 31st, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
Never heard of it, but I'll keep my eyes open! It sunds like a good one!
almighty_patsyalmighty_patsy on December 31st, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
*whistles* (well... actually, that's physically impossible for me, but the sentiment is there!) I found a copy for $1013 AUD, I'd jump on that lickety-split if I were you!
Tapatitapati on January 4th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)

Yeah one of the Amazon marketplace copies was over four hundred and that raised our eyebrows pretty high.

I swear, it's not printed on gold leaf.
Prisspr1ss on January 1st, 2011 05:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reminding me about a lovely book!