Joey Johanaby thought his life ended when his dad died. Being forced to move into a mysterious, old Southern mansion in Tennessee seems to make things worse.
With Mrs. Johanaby struggling to learn new job skills, Joey is given the difficult task of looking after the twins for the summer. The mansion is home to more than Joey and his family.
Ghostly and magical characters from the mansion's past take an interest in Joey and his struggles. They want to help, but their quirky methods are questionable. After the family is almost torn apart by a near tragedy, Joey obtains a magic map.
With this map Joey goes on a journey that he might not return from - a journey that changes him forever.
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Yes. Joey and the Magic Map is a book that parents and kids (probably age eight and up) can listen to and enjoy together. I think it's important that parents engage their children in conversations about what's important in life and why. This is a book that will help them do that. Adults as well as children will love the story—and will find plenty to talk about later.
I recently re-read "Half Magic," which I loved as a child. It's about a family of children who go on a series of magical adventures that help them understand what really matters.
Cory Anderson is a pleasure to listen to, and has each character’s voice just right. Henrietta, the ghost of a southern belle, is my favorite voice: he’s captured her lilting accent perfectly!
I found it deeply moving.My favorite line in the book made me stop what I was doing and just stand still for awhile. I've thought about it many times since:“‘Gone’ is for that ice cream you ate last week or for that dollar you spent at the dollar store for that squirt gun that broke the next day. ‘Gone’ is never for people, especially people you love. They are never ‘gone.’ They are just somewhere else at the moment.”
Having read Joey and the Magic Map a year ago, I was looking forward to listening to it when it came out on Audible. I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, I was surprised at how much had gotten by me the first time. The book seemed even richer the second time around, especially with the voice of Cory Anderson narrating. The book is a children’s fairy tale that assumes children have to grow up in the world where bad things happen: where little sisters can be pint-sized tyrants; where fathers can die; where mothers can let you down. Even magical lands host pirates who are bloodthirsty, not jolly; and where people don’t mind sacrificing girls to placate a giant, ravenous eagle. Author Tory Anderson doesn’t pull any punches. But because of that, Joey’s adventures with his magic map seem genuinely significant. By the time we reach those adventures, we’re already more than half way through the book, and we’ve seen up close why Joey can’t let go of his grief at his father’s death; why he feels like a outsider in his own family; and why he considers himself a coward not worthy of his mother’s affection. Heavy stuff. And yet . . . there are gloriously magical bubbles, comforting chimes floating on the wind, gentle conversations with a delightful ghost, and a recognition that we can, as Joey says, “know things without knowing how you know, you know?”
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'Gone' is never for people,
This book highlights the magic of life. The experience of going through it reminds me that magical people have found their way into my life. I found the experience enjoyable and encouraging. Those we love are never really gone.
I find it difficult to pick favorites, but the first map in the book, Story's map, is a delightful scene that highlights Anderson's skills as an author and is the perfect transition into Joey's magical adventure.
"You will learn, won't you Joey?"
This is a book to share with your children. Like all great books for youth they will will laugh, imagine, and may just learn something important about life along the way.