Rufus and Magic Run Amok [NOOK Book]


When ten-year-old Rufus discovers that he has magical powers like his mother and grandmother, he learns that being a wizard is not quite what he expected.

When ten-year-old Rufus discovers that he has magical powers like his mother and grandmother, he learns that being a wizard is not quite what he expected.

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When ten-year-old Rufus discovers that he has magical powers like his mother and grandmother, he learns that being a wizard is not quite what he expected.

When ten-year-old Rufus discovers that he has magical powers like his mother and grandmother, he learns that being a wizard is not quite what he expected.

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School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Ten-year-old Rufus Breckenridge has always had problems: he's the target of the class bully and unlucky enough to be the son and grandson of witches. Then he discovers the worst problem of all-he has magical powers, too. Rufus just wants to be a normal kid who hangs out with his normal best friend, Billy, and who survives the taunts of Big Douggie with normal skills, like running away fast. However, his magical powers creep up on him and before he realizes it, he's reading minds, propelling Big Douggie to trip on his own feet, and using ponds and puddles to "scry" events happening hundreds of miles away. Then Rufus gets into a mess of trouble when Big Douggie finds out about his talents and bribes him into fixing the All Star baseball tryouts. Everything comes to a satisfactory conclusion when he learns to handle the bully without using magic, though he decides that, with help from his family, being a wizard won't be so bad after all. Throughout the book, Rufus handles some difficult dilemmas with a typical mix of disaster, luck, and hard work, all common experiences to the intended audience. His magical powers are realistic and will appeal to kids interested in "Harry Potter"-style wizardry, though Levinson's story is on a simpler scale and lacks J. K. Rowling's dramatic flair. Still, Rufus is a likable hero with intriguing dilemmas and abilities.-Linda Bindner, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Rufus comes from a family of witches, or as they prefer to call themselves, "empowered ones," who have to spend time studying, memorizing, and meditating, none of which Rufus wants to do. His fervent wish is that he be a normal human being with no special powers. No one wants a wizard as a friend, he thinks, even his best friend, Billy. Of course, that's not to be. Rufus discovers his power one day when he overcomes the class bully with a trick of his own. Just by concentrating his thoughts he's able to make Big Douggie do a double somersault on his in-line skates and land on his butt. Rufus continues his magic-making ways, doing some mind-reading, foretelling the future, looking into water and seeing what's happening elsewhere, and casting spells. His family is concerned that he is using his power without realizing the responsibility that goes with it. After a series of mishaps, Rufus accepts the fact that he is a wizard and determines to learn all that he needs to make himself a good one. Levinson's characters are believable and fun. Lots of humor and some suspense in this combination school story and fantasy. The class bully is not always so bad, friendship has its ups and downs, teachers and principals have their little ways, and parents sometimes know best. Unfortunately, the author adds a stereotypical fussy school librarian, but even she is redeemed. Despite the rather stiff writing, this is good fun and there are no scary parts, offering a Harry Potter substitute for the younger set. (Fiction. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781630834906
  • Publisher: StarWalk Kids Media
  • Publication date: 6/30/2014
  • Sold by: Seymour Science
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Marilyn Levinson writes mysteries and novels for kids. RUFUS AND MAGIC RUN AMOK was an International Reading Association-Children's Book Council Children's Choice.
Marilyn lives on Long Island with her husband,Bernie, and their cat, Sammy.
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  • Posted December 8, 2013

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    Rufus was a kid who belonged to a family of witches..White witch

    Rufus was a kid who belonged to a family of witches..White witches. He wished he could belong to a
    regular, "normal" family! He still loved his family, though. Thank goodness he was a boy. Only girls
    became witches.  Day by day strange things begin to happen...very strange.  Rufus was tired of being
    bullied. He determined not to keep being afraid of Big Douggie.
    He and his best friend, Billy, hd a lot of fun. Billy had a big secret...a secret he was driving Rufus "nuts"
    Along with the strange happenings, some good things began happening as well.  Is it natural ability or
    is it something mysterious?
    The story takes some different avenues yet is tied together well.  It is very well written.
    It describes temptations children can fall into.  The most important message of the story, I believe, was if
    one has confidence and is not fearful, one will accomplish much greater feats.  I didn't like the way it
    ended - leading into more series, I am sure - by not only acknowledging personal abilities but the
    conclusion he may do more uncouth things in the future. I would recommend an adult discuss the pros
    and cons of the tale with their child or those of which he/she is reading i too.
    The cover was simple but eye-catching. It would entice young boys to pick it up and read. The title is
    This is a great early reader and would be a great "Children's Reading Hour" story.  Most young boys
    would certainly enjoy it.
    I give this a strong Four and a Half Stars rating.
    *I was sent this book by author for an honest review, of which I have given

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2002

    My 3rd Grader Loved This Book!

    I was pleased with the charm and style of this book, and bought it for my 8 year old daughter. She loved it, and is recommending it to her class-mates. It's the year of magic in her school, with Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Rufus fits right in! I'm so glad that the magic of these stories is encouraging children to read. Rufus was great fun, and both my daughter and I hope his adventures are the first of a series. Levinson did a wonderful job!

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