HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Fog Magic
Author: Julia L. Sauer
Illustrator: Lynd Ward
Publisher: Viking Juvenile, republished in 2005
ISBN-13: 978-0670060160 Hardcover
ISBN-10: 067006016X Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-0140321630 Paperback
ISBN-10: 0140321632 Paperback
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 8 – 12
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Sauer, Julia L. Fog Magic (published in 1943 and republished in 1987 by Viking Penguin Inc., 40 W. 23rd St., New York City, NY 10010). It is during World War II, and ten year old Greta Addington lives in the small fishing village of Little Valley near North Mountain in Nova Scotia, Canada, with her father Walter and mother Gertrude. Greta has always loved the fog, and one day when walking in the woods on the old Post Road with the mist closing in, she sees the dark outline of a stone house against the spruce trees where only an old cellar hole should have been. Another time, a horse drawn carriage driven by a woman whom she later learns is Mrs. Trask, wearing a plum-colored silk dress, takes her to the nearby town of Blue Cove, where she meets a girl her age named Retha Morrill and her parents Eldred and Laura, along with a strange man called Anthony and many other interesting individuals,
Greta learns many things about these people and enjoys occasional experiences with them for nearly two years whenever the mist rolls in. However, Blue Cove does not exist in Greta’s time. She has often visited and played in that area before and seen nothing but cellar holes. What is going on? Why does Greta’s father give her such a knowing look whenever she wants to go out and walk in the fog? And how long will she be able to enjoy the fog magic? This Newbery Honor Book by Julia L. Sauer (1891–1983), whose book The Light at Tern Rock also received a Newbery Honor, is a gentle coming of age story with a fantasy like twist. One reference to tobacco occurs, but nothing else objectionable is found, and there is no bad language. It is an enjoyable tale that will especially appeal to young girls.