The Magykal Papers by Angie Sage is a fun supplement to the Septimus Heap middle-reader fantasy series. The book is divided into four sections, and each section consists of short pieces filled with information about the world of Septimus Heap.
A lot of the fun of this book is that each piece is illustrated and designed to look as if it were the real thing: Septimus's homework has ink splotches and is set in a handwriting font, an official letter looks as if it were typed and you can see the places where the paper was folded, and a few pages from the "Egg-on-Toast Restaurant Guide" look like they have been well thumbed.
You'll find a bit of everything in The Magykal Papers: short biographies, recipes, tour brochures, maps, excerpts from Jenna's diary, Septimus's report cards, and Alther's "Guide to Being Dead: Ten Handy Rules for New Ghosts." Any fan of the series would love this book, but a child in fifth or sixth grade would have hours of pleasure, looking at the pictures and reading the entries.
Because some of the histories and biographies contain minor spoilers to the books, I suggest reading The Magykal Papers only after you've read at least the first three books in the Septimus Heap series.
Here are some scans of sample pages. I've picked them so they won't include spoilers to the novels, but they give you an idea of some of the variety of material (click to enlarge).
Septimus Heap has his own website, where you can find out more about Angie Sage and the books in the series.
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Published by HarperCollins, 2009
Challenges: 100+, Clear Off Your Shelves
YTD: 84Source: Bought (see review policy)Rating: B+