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Originally published in 1943, this edition features a rare cover by the ground-breaking illustrator Lynd Ward.

Greta had always loved the fog—the soft gray mist that rolled in from the sea and drifted over the village. The fog seemed to have a secret to tell her. Then one day when Greta was walking in the woods and the mist was closing in, she saw the dark outline of a stone house against the spruce trees—a house where only an old cellar hole should have been. Then she saw a surrey come by, carrying a lady dressed in plum-colored silk. The woman beckoned for Greta to join her, and soon Greta found herself launched on an adventure that would take her back to a past that existed only through the magic of the fog
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Fog Magic Reviews

Liz
This is a lovely little book. I read it as a child and it stayed with me--every time I see fog I wonder if I could walk into it at just the right time and find a different world. I found it again in a box of books I had stored away and was glad to see it was as good as I remembered. It's well-written, and doesn't talk down to the young readers for whom it was intended. And any book that stays with you for 40+ years deserves 5 stars.
Tara
Amazing!!!! Both enchanting and addicting, I could not put this book down and would love to read it again and again.
NerdyJen
One of my favorites. I loved the idea of simply slipping from one time to another. The writing was both eloquent and easy to read at the same time.
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Mckinley
Interesting premise, time travel of a sort, engaging. Innocent sort of story comes to mind.
Cory
The book was good but I my expectations were too high. Lazy day read, good book for kids.
Victoria
Read aloud to my daughters. Sweet story about growing up.
Seth
A breezy, pleasant little book. It's episodic in a way that never quite comes together as a full novel and probably would've worked better as a collection of short stories. The writing is brief, but effective. It's sentimental, but never cloying and most of all feels simply genuine. Author Julia L. Sauer handily overcomes the great obstacle of young peoples' literature in crafting characters that feel and behave realistically. However, the protagonist, Greta, is a sadly passive character. There' A breezy, pleasant little book. It's episodic in a way that never quite comes together as a full novel and probably would've worked better as a collection of short stories. The writing is brief, but effective. It's sentimental, but never cloying and most of all feels simply genuine. Author Julia L. Sauer handily overcomes the great obstacle of young peoples' literature in crafting characters that feel and behave realistically. However, the protagonist, Greta, is a sadly passive character. There's no cohesive arc to the book, merely a collection of episodic adventures that abruptly, with a few very slender threads connecting them. Two major plot threads (and perhaps a few more minor ones) are left dangling. One of these I can admire (a character warns Greta, that they may never understand the mystery of Anthony -- one of the town's residents -- and that's okay, that's ambiguity for a clear purpose), because it's realistic and takes a certain amount of restraint to not wrap up all the dangling threads with a nice little bow. However, the larger and more looming mystery of why the old town is deserted (which Greta ruminates on a few time throughout the book) goes completely unanswered as well and that merely feels like hasty -- or worse, lazy -- writing. Even more disheartening is that Greta is an entirely static character, she really is no different at the end of her journey than she was at the beginning, and the author's only attempt to correct this is through a painfully didactic conversation with her father, tacked on in the book's final few pages. Ultimately this is a curious, enjoyable little read. It is a childrens book that is uncommonly well written on the prose level, but severely misshapen in terms of structure and plot. It is a book to enjoy and admire, but ultimately one to pity too, for it had the potential to achieve a level of goodness much greater than what it settles for.
Jackie
For Greta, age 11, the fog that comes frequently to her sleepy little village of Little Valley, always beckoned her. But one day as she entered the cool, misty wisps of air, the long-ago, abandoned village of Blue Cove materialized right before her eyes. The town and the townspeople welcomed her with open arms, yet they were wary of her presence, knowing that she must only remain there when the fog was around.

Greta travels back and forth between the two villages as the fog permits, getting to k For Greta, age 11, the fog that comes frequently to her sleepy little village of Little Valley, always beckoned her. But one day as she entered the cool, misty wisps of air, the long-ago, abandoned village of Blue Cove materialized right before her eyes. The town and the townspeople welcomed her with open arms, yet they were wary of her presence, knowing that she must only remain there when the fog was around.

Greta travels back and forth between the two villages as the fog permits, getting to know the people of Blue Cove and they becoming family to her. When she mentions her desire to walk through the fog to her parents, she sees a twinkle in her father's eyes and realizes that they share the secret of the fog. As Greta's 12th birthday comes, a part of her knows that the special place she visits will no longer be accessible to her...which makes her both melancholy and pleased...sad that she will no longer 'see' her Blue Cove family, but happy that she is entering adulthood.

Fog Magic is magical realism in a Newbery Honor book. A delightful, yet old-timey story which will have readers of today baffled by the vocabulary and dialogue. A fun read nonetheless.
Kim
This was my all time favorite book when I was in the fourth grade. I saw it at the library and I had to pick it up and read it again. It's just as good as I remember it being. It brought back so many good memories. The story is about a girl of ten, Greta, who lives in a small village brought on my fog. She has always loved the fog, ever since she was a little girl. One day as she is out fetching the cow, she glimpses a house where there wasn't a house before, only an open cellar hole. In the fog This was my all time favorite book when I was in the fourth grade. I saw it at the library and I had to pick it up and read it again. It's just as good as I remember it being. It brought back so many good memories. The story is about a girl of ten, Greta, who lives in a small village brought on my fog. She has always loved the fog, ever since she was a little girl. One day as she is out fetching the cow, she glimpses a house where there wasn't a house before, only an open cellar hole. In the fog she finds an adventure into the past, she makes friends with people who have passed on. The fog world seems to her as real as her present day reality. Through the magic of the fog she has adventures tThis was my all time favorite book when I was in fourth grade. I saw it in the library and had to pick it up again and read it. It's just as good as a remember it being, brought back so many good memories. The story is about hat no other girl at her time can share. Love this book.
Josephine
I'm going to update my star rating for this book, with the caveat that this is what *I* think of the book, and should not be taken to mean that the book's necessarily going to be a five-star read for kids who are currently in the book's intended age range.

It was written, what? Seventy-five years ago? For the vast majority of books, that means the text will lack interest for kids currently in the intended age range. Word choice, possibly, but also some of the events in the book: how many in the 8 I'm going to update my star rating for this book, with the caveat that this is what *I* think of the book, and should not be taken to mean that the book's necessarily going to be a five-star read for kids who are currently in the book's intended age range.

It was written, what? Seventy-five years ago? For the vast majority of books, that means the text will lack interest for kids currently in the intended age range. Word choice, possibly, but also some of the events in the book: how many in the 8-10 range would know what taffeta is? Understand the difference between the hoof beats one hears when a horse-drawn and an ox-drawn cart is approaching?

That said, I think it might (still) be ideal for slightly older kids (the protagonist turns twelve) or kids whose reading ability has outstripped their maturity. Not to mention kids who've shown interest in other books from this same period; Robert Lawson comes to mind, or William Steig.
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I have a very clear memory of 3rd grade "quiet reading time" (not to be confused with Sustained Silent Reading). Our English book had a chapter from this book; it was the one about Greta meeting the elegant lady in the carriage.

Every now and then, I would encounter fog and think back to the sample chapter. Finally, I decided to read it. The slice of wild strawberry pie in Greta's pail came back to me in a flash. There is indeed something intriguing about the fog. In addition to the unique conce
I have a very clear memory of 3rd grade "quiet reading time" (not to be confused with Sustained Silent Reading). Our English book had a chapter from this book; it was the one about Greta meeting the elegant lady in the carriage.

Every now and then, I would encounter fog and think back to the sample chapter. Finally, I decided to read it. The slice of wild strawberry pie in Greta's pail came back to me in a flash. There is indeed something intriguing about the fog. In addition to the unique concept, I liked the setting in rural Nova Scotia.

What I did not like were the uncompleted and downright ghastly tales of Ann and Anthony. Tales that dark seem a bit much for children's literature. I would have been very upset by those chapters had I been able to find a copy of this book in 3rd grade.
Julie Akeman
I have read this book a long time ago. It was one of those that I had picked out for those School book fair things. I used to still have my copy but my mom lost it when I wanted her to have my daughter read it over the summer when they went out in their RV. I hope it turns up. It's been so long I don't remember much, only that it was a magical book and I loved the cover artwork. I had no idea it had been written back in the 40's. If I can't find my copy I hope to get a new one. This is a great b I have read this book a long time ago. It was one of those that I had picked out for those School book fair things. I used to still have my copy but my mom lost it when I wanted her to have my daughter read it over the summer when they went out in their RV. I hope it turns up. It's been so long I don't remember much, only that it was a magical book and I loved the cover artwork. I had no idea it had been written back in the 40's. If I can't find my copy I hope to get a new one. This is a great book for younger readers who still wish to believe magic exists in their world in some small way.
Alice
Fog Magic was a Newbery Honor book in 1943. It is a time-travel story with a mysterious mood but little plot hook. The girl Greta goes back and forth in time but there is little connection between the stories past and present. A better time travel story would allow the past and present to illuminate or influence each other in strange or subtle ways.

By the way, do you remember the Newbery winner for 1943? It was Adam of the Road. I like that novel much better, so I agree with the choice!
Denise
Read this aloud to the boys. I read it as a girl and loved it. I remember feeling scandalous for reading it because it wasn't reality and there was mention of a ghost in the book. It is a deliciously lovely book. and the boys bore with me as I read it to them - probably half of it today on National Read Aloud Day. They are ready to go back to Gary Paulsen now. But I wasn't sure if they liked Secret Garden and they have it listed as a favorite book at school and they have mentioned it various tim Read this aloud to the boys. I read it as a girl and loved it. I remember feeling scandalous for reading it because it wasn't reality and there was mention of a ghost in the book. It is a deliciously lovely book. and the boys bore with me as I read it to them - probably half of it today on National Read Aloud Day. They are ready to go back to Gary Paulsen now. But I wasn't sure if they liked Secret Garden and they have it listed as a favorite book at school and they have mentioned it various times. I don't think they will like this book as much but it was fun to revisit. I think of this book often on foggy days. A true classic.
Meghan
A sweet little fantasy set in a WWI era fishing hamlet in Nova Scotia where fog is a part of life. For one tween girl who has always enjoyed the foggiest days finds that for her the fog is a special refuge to another time.

My favorite quote from the book doesn't have much to do with the main character, but it's lovely:
"The courage of a fine woman is more in the sight of God and men than the beauty of a lovely girl..."
Hellkitten
Absolutely amazing book. Early nobel prize winner... that's why I read it to begin with. Been trying to read all the early nobel prize winners. Some are hard to find, but I found this one. Glad I did. Has kind of fallen by the wayside due to its age, but a total classic. Give it a read. You'll love it.
Theresa
Fog Magic
Sauer, Julia L.
She had always loved the fog, but on her eleventh year she found there was more to her little island than she ever dreamed of. She learned more about life in the fog than she did at home. The hardest part was turning twelve and learning that she would have to leave childhood behind.
Jacqueline
I read this as a child and kept it for my own children to enjoy someday. Well someday is now and I am reading this to the boys. They enjoyed this book. It wasn't quite as magical as I remembered from when I was little but it was still intriguing. It is a nice read that leads to some interesting discussion about growing up.
Josiah
There is some mysterious, interesting adventure within these pages, marked every once in a while by a sharp turn that leads to very unexpected words of resounding wisdom. For this, I would grant that the book's status as a Newbery Honor book very well may have been earned. I liked it very much, and I hope that more readers become familiar with Fog Magic.
Lynda Wylde
One of my first introductions to time travel. Greta lives in small fishing villiage, and one day, while walking in the fog, she sees the outline on a house where only an old cellar hole should be. This is the beginning of a magical adventure that I fell in love with as a child. One of my favorites.
Anna
This is about a girl who loves the fog. One day she discovers that there is a whole other world in the fog.

I though I was going to enjoy this book, but it wasn't my favorite. I felt like there wasn't a plot and it didn't grab my interest.
Gen E.
Main character sees into the past through the fog.

I would re-read this book...however, I had to have my library order the library from another library system.

Book was recommended by WendyLibrarian
Barbara
This is a sweet little book where the girl in the book finds an old town and visits with the people of the past. The town only appears in the fog. She learns from the past and discovers that her father also visited the town of Blue Cove when he was a boy.
Dee ~ Chillin’ Out
What a truly delightful story of young Greta, who since she has been a baby, has loved the sight, and smells of fog. But as Greta soon finds out, fog can be just as friendly and warm, as a true friend.
Adrian Rose
A coming-of-age tale that involves a young girl, a mysterious town that only appears when the fog is thick, and an old mystery that haunts her family as much as the town she visits on foggy days. If you have a pre-teen girl, this is a book that she will enjoy as much as you.
Rebecca Frager
One of my favorite books as a little girl. I always knew there was something mysterious about the fog and this book captures that mystery and magic. It was the perfect book for a young girl who loved to escape into the pages of the books she was reading.
Stewie's Mom
I enjoyed this short little story on audio. It was only a little over 2 1/2 hours to listen to. I had no idea that it had been written in 1943. The setting of Halifax reminded me of the Anne of Green Gables series!
Jamie
I was thinking about this book the other day. I read it in third or fourth grade and I hated it the whole time but my teacher wouldn't let me switch until after I took the AR test. The first book I absolutely hated. And I can't think of any others since.
Ashley
I don't really know what it was about this book, but I didn't really love it. It moved really slow and there almost didn't seem to be a point. A nice story, I suppose, but *shrugs*.
Jessica
I got this book from RIF sometime in late elementary school. I loved the idea of getting lost in the fog and going to another realm.
Meg
I absolutely loved this book as a child. I remember every time the fog rolled in I would look different buildings and people.
Lucinda
I loved this book. I pretty much just found this on my shelf a few years ago and it was awesome.
Kimberly
A simple, lovely little book published in 1943.
Nicole
This was one of my favorites when I was younger! Very sweet story about growing up.
Kristen
Kind of slow. Has an interesting time travel device. Many of the sentences are quite delicious, but over all I left a bit unsatisfied?
Renee
There's nothing like traveling through time in the fog.
Debi
I read this as a kid and decided to read it again because it was very vague in my memory. I did like it very much.
Michelle
I remember loving this book as a child. My mom reminded me of it the other day.
Brandy Sharpe
Terrific! I could see this translating well into a good game.
Bethany
Rated G.

This is an oddly captivating story about a young girl's adventures in the past and growing up. Well done!
Sharon
I must have read this 100 times when I was younger. Great book for kids!
Kimberly
One of my favourite books as a child, I guess this would be the first fantasy book i ever read.
Reeds
I found this book at a garage sale. I read it aloud to my fifth grade class. I let them rate the book anonymously this afternoon after we finished, tallied and averaged: 3.89 stars.
The students were also asked to provide a sentence or two to explain their ratings. Here are a few samples, verbatim:

***** "Excellent... It teaches a good lesson and will truly be an adventure".
***** "it was very cute but it was also sad"
**** "This book was good because I got the hang of the characters and the book w I found this book at a garage sale. I read it aloud to my fifth grade class. I let them rate the book anonymously this afternoon after we finished, tallied and averaged: 3.89 stars.
The students were also asked to provide a sentence or two to explain their ratings. Here are a few samples, verbatim:

***** "Excellent... It teaches a good lesson and will truly be an adventure".
***** "it was very cute but it was also sad"
**** "This book was good because I got the hang of the characters and the book was cool".
**** It is good because it is interesting and makes me want to see what is next".
*** " The story was slow, but at the end it was good".
** "Took too long to get info and I do not like magic".

This is just a small sample. Overall the students enjoyed it.
Susan
Interesting children's book written back in the 1940's. The main character, Greta, is likeable. The only complaint I have is that I don't think there was enough explanation about Blue Cove. I won't say more as I don't want to put in spoilers. This was on a list of Beach Reads for children, and as I am a school librarian, I thought it would be interesting to read. It's a quick read--only a little over 100 pages, but in some ways, I wish the story had been threshed out a bit more.
Katie Lawrence
Very slow moving and quiet with messages about giving up childhood whimsy & joy to become an adult at 12 years old. The right reader would appreciate it, but I can’t fathom it appealing to the wider range of BOB participants we have every year. It really bothered me that there was no resolution, or seemingly any point to the town in the fog-past besides providing a fun venue for Greta to escape to.
Carrie Wimmer

“It’s the things you are born to that give you satisfaction in this world" (24).
“Women who stay ashore have to learn the same lesson that men learn who go to sea....They have to learn to be content and at peace shut in by their horizon” (52).
Lacey Hylton
I love this book!! was my Grandma's and my favorite book to read!!!
Mellanie C
I loved this book the first time I read it, and subsequent readings have not disappointed.
Ryan Freeman
Beautiful magic- soft and wonderful. I can still hear the foghorn calling, and feel the mist on my skin.
Jennie
Fell in love with this book as a young girl. Read it again a couple of years ago, still love it now from a different perspective.
Therese
I found this book in a little free library in Gloucester and was delighted with it from start to finish.
Cassandra Larsen
A sweet kids book about growing up and the magic of fog
Lisa Mcbroom
Greta loves the fog. One day whilst walking, she comes upon a village she has never seen. Magical writing and I loved the metaphor of once she becomes twelve the fog disappears!
Jill
Charming little book. Had to dig to find a copy but it was worth it!

“It’s the things you were born to that give you satisfaction in this world, Greta. Leastwise, that’s what I think. And maybe the fog’s one of them. Not happiness, mind! Satisfaction isn’t always happiness by a long sight; then again, it isn’t sorrow either.”

“All through dinner, Greta found herself watching Mrs. Stanton. She had been beautiful once and would be again, she decided, if only she could look less troubled.”

Mrs. Moril Charming little book. Had to dig to find a copy but it was worth it!

“It’s the things you were born to that give you satisfaction in this world, Greta. Leastwise, that’s what I think. And maybe the fog’s one of them. Not happiness, mind! Satisfaction isn’t always happiness by a long sight; then again, it isn’t sorrow either.”

“All through dinner, Greta found herself watching Mrs. Stanton. She had been beautiful once and would be again, she decided, if only she could look less troubled.”

Mrs. Morill, on turning 12: “...when you get to that twelfth step you will be able to see ‘around the bend,’ as you put it. Seeing ahead, or looking ahead—is something we do with our hearts—it takes nothing but time and courage. The one is given to us; the other we must provide.”

“The courage of a fine woman is more in the sight of God and men than the beauty of a lovely girl...”

Greta’s Dad, on growing up: “On your twelfth birthday, Greta, you grow up, and you put away childish things. Sometimes you’ll wish you hadn’t because you put behind you so many things—happy and unhappy. But the next twelve years can be happier still, my girl, and the twelve after that. And try to remember this—none of the things you think you’ve lost on the way are really lost. Every one of them is folded around you—close.”
Jessica
The best part about this was the actual book cover and title. What I had hoped it would be wasnt really what it turned out to be, but it was still interesting and I thought it was really cool reading a fantasy book written during WW2. Im always interested in knowing how writers consciously or unconsciously were affected by being alive during wartime.
Stven
Slow and steady, this story lives up to its title. Published in 1943, it is a nice little trip in time for an open-minded reader with young adult sensibilities.

The "cover artwork" by Lynd Ward was, I believe from evidence in the edition I read, originally frontispiece rather than cover.
Holly
"Fog had always seemed to her like a magic spell in the old fairy tales -- a spell that caught you up and kept you as safe, once you were inside it, as you would have been within a soap bubble. But this was stranger than anything she had ever seen before..."
Alicia
I'm not a fan of fantasy, but Rachel enjoyed this short sweet book.
Karol
An intriguing story about what a young girl finds when she studies the fog that rolls into her community. Very enjoyable.
Julie
it is an easy read that has a lot of imagination behind it! i absoultuely loved it
Don Gubler
Interesting historical context and imaginative story line.
Heidi
I read this book in the 4th grade. It really had an impact on me and I was happy to reread it again.
Sarah
This is one of the sweetest "ghost" stories I've ever read. I only wish it told more of what happened to the people at Blue Cove.
Cheri
This is the book I'm reading to Christian right now. I loved this book when I was in middle school.
Ugoki
It's a good book but it's nothing special.
Scott Williams
I read this book when I was in Elementary School. I bought it at school from the scholastic book club. It was one of my favorite books and even though I am an adult now, I would love to re-read it.
Aislinn-Rae
Read on a rainy day, and you'll be transfixed for life.
Megan
A young girl can find the path through the fog to an alternate universe.
Megan
Newbery Honor book Audrey might like for her 12th birthday. Sweet coming-of-age tale.
WSL Library
I don't remember this in particular. in the genre of "gateway to another world/back in time".
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