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The Midnight Folk
By John Masefield and Madeleine L''Engle ( (other contributor))
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher New York Review of Books
Publication date October 14, 2008
Pages 247
Binding Hardcover
Book category Juvenile Fiction
ISBN-13 9781590172902
ISBN-10 1590172906
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.75 by 9 in.
Weight 0.40 lbs.
Original list price $16.95
Other format details juvenile
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: The Midnight Folk introduces readers to Kay Harker, the orphaned boy who is also the hero of John Masefield’s classic Christmas fantasy, The Box of Delights. Kay lives in a vast old country house, and is looked after by an unpleasant duo: the oily and egregious Sir Theopompous and the petulant and punitive Sylvia Daisy Pouncer. In her zeal to educate Kay on the finer points of Latin grammar, Sylvia Daisy has even taken away all of Kay’s toys. Life seems very dull, until out of an old family portrait steps Kay’s great-grandfather, a sea captain, who, if legend is to be believed, made off with a fabulous treasure.

Soon Kay is engaged in a thrilling quest that begins each night as the clock strikes twelve, taking him into the enchanted and dangerous world of the Midnight Folk: pirates, highwaymen, talking animals, and a gang of witches led by none other than Sylvia Daisy (in cahoots, as in The Box of Delights, with the arch-villain Abner Brown). In the end, it is that ragtag team of old toys that rallies to support Kay and save the day.

A book to set beside C.S. Lewis’s Narnia tales and Joan Aiken’s Wolves of Willoughby Chase—not to mention the Harry Potter series—The Midnight Folk is a wonderful and enthralling contribution to the great English tradition of children’s literature, beloved by adults and children alike.

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With Madeleine L'Engle (other contributor) | from New York Review of Books (October 14, 2008)
9781590172902 | details & prices | 247 pages | 5.75 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | Rec. grade levels 4-6 | 0.40 lbs | List price $16.95
About: The Midnight Folk introduces readers to Kay Harker, the orphaned boy who is also the hero of John Masefield’s classic Christmas fantasy, The Box of Delights.
Large print edition from Abc-Clio Inc (January 1, 1988); titled "Midnight Folk"
9781850899273 | details & prices | List price $13.95
About: Kay Harker tries to find his family's lost treasure and prevent the witches from stealing it.
Paperback
from Dell Pub Co (November 1, 1985)
9780440456315 | details & prices | 224 pages | Rec. grade levels 4-6 | List price $4.95
About: Kay Harker tries to find his family's lost treasure and prevent the witches from stealing it

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