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THE CHARM OF 'MAGIC' LINGERS

Titling her book "Magic Elizabeth" may have been the lucky charm.

When Norma Kassirer's book was published in 1966 by Viking Press and the following year by Scholastic Books, it sold a million copies -- enough to please any author.

But this year, editors who read it when they were children came across the book again and decided to republish it, this time as a Bullseye Book by Alfred A. Knopf.

"This came out of the blue," said the Buffalo author. "I was very, very pleased when they called me."

She wrote "Magic Elizabeth," intended for children ages 8 to 12, after reading family letters that date to the 1700s, she said.

"I was very moved by reading the old letters and diaries," said Mrs. Kassirer, who has written other children's books as well as plays that she produced at the Buffalo Museum of Science.

"The story is a fantasy about loss and the way families feel about one another."

Mrs. Kassirer will be at an autograph signing party from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday in Waldenbooks, Walden Galleria. Her book of short stories for adults, "The Hidden Wife," will be printed in January.
-- Paula Voell

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