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Review | Secrets of the Magic Ring

Secrets of the Magic Ring

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When nine-year-old Paul explores the hole dug for his backyard swimming pool, he discovers a box containing a ring—a ring that turns out to be magical. Moments later, a mysterious boy shows up demanding the ring; luckily, Paul’s trusty dog Clem scares him away. To keep the ring safe, Paul hides it in his pillow case, where, to his horror, it’s discovered by his mother, who loans it to his Aunt Vicky.

Things get even stranger when Vicky, a non-swimmer, falls into the now-finished pool and discovers that her greatest secret wish has been granted—she can swim! As the ring gets passed around and wishes are made, a wild series of talents and circumstances threaten to turn their lives upside down…forever. But Jasmine, a fairy of the woods, has an idea, and if everyone cooperates, she just might be able to put an end to the shenanigans and return their lives to normal.

Wildly original and full of vibrant, chaotic imagination, Secrets of the Magic Ring is proof of the old adage, “Be careful what you wish for.”

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Hott Review:

Secrets of the Magic Ring is an interesting but fun middle grade read. The characters are well developed and the plot captivating.
However, I didn’t love this book. Cute though it was I had several issues. First, I didn’t like that Paul deliberately disobeyed, lied to, and misled his parents. I’m not naive about the truthfulness of this but the lack of remorse is bothersome. Second, and more importantly, Paul is besieged by a bully and refuses to confide in his parents.

More about Secrets of the Magic Ring…

Author: Karen McQuestion
Source: I borrowed this book for free with my Kindle Unlimited subscription
Publisher & Date: Karen McQuestion, Nov 2011
Genre: Children’s Fantasy
ISBN: 1612181422 (ISBN13: 9781612181424)
Pages: 120
Grade: C+
Ages: 9+

Author Bio:

Karen McQuestion is the bestselling author of books for all ages. Some of her titles include Hello Love, Life on Hold, The Long Way Home, and the Edgewood series. Her publishing story has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and the national NPR show, The Story with Dick Gordon. She has also appeared on ABC’s World News Now and America This Morning. McQuestion lives with her husband and kids in Hartland, Wisconsin.

Websites & Links: author's website author's twitter

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