The Magic Attic Club is a series of delightful books for young girls. The premise is that four friends: Keisha, Alison, Heather, and Megan (and later a fifth named Rose), meet a pleasant middle-aged music and drama teacher who is moving into a Victorian mansion on their street. They find a golden key in the snow near her house and assume their new neighbor, Eleanor Goodwin, lost it. She thanks the girls for returning the key and places it inside a silver box. She tells them it’s the key to her attic, and encourages them to go up and take a look.

After checking with their parents, they learn that some of their moms already know Mrs. Goodman. She is returning to her family home after touring the world for a long time. The girls receive permission to visit her again. When at last they enter the beautifully decorated attic and see a trunk full of vintage clothes near a full-length mirror, the adventures begin!

Each story begins when one (or all) of the girls faces an ethical dilemma in her life like: how to compete fairly, or what to do when you see someone cheating. When the girls look into the mirror, they are whisked off to another time and place. Sometimes they are called by their own names; sometimes they take on other identities. In any case, they possess the language skills and talents needed for an adventure that is imaginative and fun. There is no darkness or menace in any story. When they return home, they solve their problem based on what they learned. The girl who went to the attic writes up a diary entry summarizing the experience.

The only magic in these stories is the trip through the mirror, which just takes a second or two. The club motto, signed by all of the members, says, “Remember, the magic is in you.” I think this means that each girl has the power to do good things with her life.

These books are aimed at a 7 to 11 year-old audience. The language is appropriate to this age group. Each chapter book is less than 100 pages long. There are several different authors. The color illustrations are exceptional, capturing interesting details of each adventure and the personalities and emotions of the girls.

This series is a good way to introduce young readers to a variety of genres: historical, western, fantasy, contemporary, sports, adventure, and more. The stories model positive friendships and family relationships, and acceptance of diversity. The books maintain a high moral tone with no heavy-handedness.

These books were written in the 1990’s and are now out of print. They are readily available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Powell’s, for an average price of about $2 each. There are many themes and a lot of books. Parents may want to preview themes and lessons to see if they agree, but overall, I’d say these books are fun, safe reads.

Donna Fujimoto is a graduate of Alliance Theological Seminary. She has published both devotionals for adults and short stories for teens. Her children love to read.

Mrs. Fujimoto has a collection of short stories, 9 Slightly Strange Stories with an Uplifting Edge, available as an e-reader at Amazon. Find our review under “N” in the alphabetical listing: Titles We’ve Reviewed.

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