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The Story of the Amulet

E. Nesbit

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Classic fiction (Children's / Teenage)

THE THIRD BOOK IN THE PSAMMEAD TRILOGY, FOLLOWING FIVE CHILDREN AND IT AND THE PHOENIX AND THE CARPET

With the original illustrations by H. R. Millar

When the children left the Psammead - the ancient sand fairy they found in the gravel pit - they made one final wish: that they would see it again some day. And now, at last, their wish has come true.

In a market stall near the British Museum, the children find the Psammead, caged, dirty and miserable. Putting all their pocket money together, they buy it and set it free. In gratitude, the Psammead guides them to a junk shop, instructing them to purchase an ancient amulet: a magic charm that will give them their hearts' desire. But the charm is incomplete; the other half has been destroyed. Their amulet is still powerful, though, and can take them to any place and any time they wish to go. In their quest to complete the amulet, they travel to ancient Egypt, Atlantis, Babylon - they even meet Julius Caesar. Their adventures are not without danger, though - should they lose the charm on their travels or forget the magic words, they will be lost in time, unable to ever return home.


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