The Skull of Truth (Magic Shop Series)
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The Skull of Truth (Magic Shop Series)

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by Bruce Coville
     
 

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Mr. Elives’s magic shop is back, and this time it is on the other side of Tucker’s Swamp. And Tucker’s Swamp is where Charlie Eggleston heads to escape a beating-for lying. Charlie can’t seem to keep from lying, though sometimes his lies are for a good cause. When Charlie stumbles into Mr. Elives’s magic shop, his eyes light upon The

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Mr. Elives’s magic shop is back, and this time it is on the other side of Tucker’s Swamp. And Tucker’s Swamp is where Charlie Eggleston heads to escape a beating-for lying. Charlie can’t seem to keep from lying, though sometimes his lies are for a good cause. When Charlie stumbles into Mr. Elives’s magic shop, his eyes light upon The Skull. Charlie steals The Skull and it puts him under some sort of spell-he can only tell the truth. Trouble is, now no one believes him. . . .

Editorial Reviews

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* "A fast-moving, rollicking, yet serious tale, [that] will keep youngsters thinking."—School Library Journal, starred review

"This skillfully told, fast-paced fantasy ranges in mood from serious to scary, but it's always laced with humor."—The Horn Book
 
Children's Choice Award Nominee
 
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

 
School Librarians International Honor Book

Children's Literature - Donna Freedman
This frequently hilarious fantasy-adventure has a serious underpinning: that "truth" is a situational ethic. Sixth-grader and compulsive liar Charlie Eggleston obtains a human skull that dooms its owners to compulsive truthfulness. Amusingly, the skull is a compulsive chatterbox fond of terrible jokes. Readers will laugh at Charlie's new inability to squirm out of homework or family dinners, but Coville takes a serious turn when a classmate returns from cancer treatment and Charlie says exactly what he thinks - something that is on everyone's mind, but that no one will admit. The ambitious author also provides a nice dollop of Shakespeare - the skull, alas, is Yorick's own.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6--A boy noted for his propensity for telling lies inadvertently acquires an ancient skull that forces him to speak the truth, resulting in situations both funny and poignant. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152060848
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/01/2007
Series:
Magic Shop Series , #4
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
510,000
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.57(d)
Lexile:
700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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From the Publisher
"A fast-moving, rollicking, yet serious tale . . . Will keep youngsters thinking."—School Library Journal
"This skillfully told, fast-paced fantasy ranges in mood from serious to scary, but it's always laced with humor."—The Horn Book

Meet the Author


BRUCE COVILLE is the author of over 100 books for children and young adults, including the international bestseller My Teacher is an Alien, the Unicorn Chronicles series, and the much-beloved Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. His work has appeared in a dozen languages and won children's choice awards in a dozen states. Before becoming a full time writer Bruce was a teacher, a toymaker, a magazine editor, a gravedigger, and a cookware salesman. He is also the creator of Full Cast Audio, an audiobook company devoted to producing full cast, unabridged recordings of material for family listening and has produced over a hundred audiobooks, directing and/or acting in most of them. Bruce lives in Syracuse, New York, with his wife, illustrator and author Katherine Coville. Visit his website at www.brucecoville.com.
 

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The Skull of Truth (Magic Shop Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very Very Very Very good book! It certainly teaches you a leson that somtimes it's good to tell the truth but on other terms it may not be! I definetly recomend this to every person or IT out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was the best I've read in a LONG time. Bruce Coville is a wonderful mystery writer and he showed it in this book!
Storytellermary 3 months ago
I started listening to the Full Cast Audio recording of Bruce Coville's SKULL OF TRUTH and couldn't bring myself to stop, so I listened straight through. I advise getting the book also, for the illustrations and to savor bits like, “We’re all slaves to curiosity.” I loved the Hamlet references , the folktale, and the lessons on the nature of truth. “There are many kinds of truth, Charlie, and that story is true in a very deep way.” So are the books of the Magic Shop series. Thanks, Bruce Coville for excellent books and proof that Mr. Elives.
Anonymous 11 months ago
The answear is skull
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a black skull
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry got mad at the adults. The next clue is what year was the terrost attacks in the twin towersNEXT CLUE IS INHARRY POTTER AND THE SOCERORS STONE van
224perweek More than 1 year ago
This story contained quite a few surprises for me. The first half was rather boring. The second half was full of emotions. I actually cried.......I know.....right? Crazy. The story broached a few taboo topics which I found unusual for a childs book. They were written into the story nicely. Definately not what I expected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The themes in this book are not adult ones, but universal. This rich combination of real life issues and make-believe magic is perfect for kids and adults alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DaveFKY More than 1 year ago
I agree with the previous reviewer. There are way too many adult topics and curse words for this age range. My daughter checked out this book from her school library. I couldn't belive it is meant for children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book, and several others in the Magic Shop series, for my 9 year old daughter. I read customer reviews when looking at new series. The first sevral books seemed fine when I scanned through them so I gave them to her. The Skull of Truth was a great disappointment. Bruce Colville's character - Uncle Bennie - admits that he is gay and has a boyfriend. He hid the truth because he thought no one would understand. This is not a topic for children in grades 4 - 6. Regardless of my personal beliefes regarding homosexuality, it is not appropriate to introduce this to children. Authors and publishing companies believe they can add curse words and adult topics and parents won't notice. This is the last Bruce Colville book my children will read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the book Charlie is a liar and can never ever tell the truth. One day he was being chased and bullied by Mark Evan and his gang of bullies. He accidentally finds his way to Mr. Elives¿s Mysterious Shop, looking for a phone to call his parents.He finds a strange look skull called ¿The Skull of Truth¿ in the Shop which changes his life completely. He with the terrible power of truth he accidentally insulted his best friend Gilbert Dawkins. After his best friend had cancer and then all of the hair fell out. To make it up to him Charlie shaved his head. After that they are joined by several other people in his class including the teacher all with shaved heads.They also have another hing in common they alldon¿t want Mr. Evans (Mark Evan¿s father) to drain down ¿The Truckers Swamp¿ (Charlie¿s favorite place to hang out). Working with Karen Ackerman (his crush) they saved the day.Soon he has to return the skull to a thing called Truth. Truth and Yorick (the skull) are now friends and they repay him by letting him have the ability to get truth out of people even if they don¿t want to sometimes. There are many very funny parts to this great story. In the end he is a Defender of Truth and Special Agent of Elives¿ Magic Shop.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Skull of Truth is the story of the boy Charlie Egglestons, a sixth grader who is dealing with the fact that he has to deal with taking the skull from the S. H. Elives¿s magic shop and is now forced to tell the truth or he will face the consequences. If he does lie, he will be cursed for the rest of his life. In the story, he has some encounters with a child at school that is trying to beat him up because he lies about his dad destroying Tucker¿s swamp. The characters at the magic shop have all different personalities. Charlie is a boy in sixth grade who tends to lie about almost everything. The skull is a manwho was murdered but is now in Charlie¿s care because he takes the skull out of the magic shop. S. H. Elives is the owner of the magic shop who sends talking rats to Charlie¿s window at night to read notes that S. H. Elives has sent for Charlie to read. The notes read to Charlie the consequences if he lies on purpose or by mistake. At the end of the story, Charlie is glad that he doesn¿t have to be cursed anymore with having to watch the skull since Charlie did take him in the first place. The book, in my opinion, was really well written. The reason the book was so good was the author described things really well. The imagery in the book was also very good. The author described the book so well that when you were reading, it felt like you were in the book, but you really aren¿t. That is how good of a description the author gave out. After you start reading the book, you don¿t want to stop until you are finished. In my opinion, I think that everybody should read this book because it is action packed with adventure.. The Skull of Truth is the kind of book that when you start the book you never want to put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In The SKULL OF TRUTH Charlie Eggleston a young boy who steals a human skull from a store. When Charlie figures out that the skull is cursed and it can talk, he fears the worst. Because of the curse, Charlie is forced to tell the truth. Charlie goes through many adventures to get threw this curse and get rid of the skull. Along the way, he must help the skull in return. Charlie Eggleston is a brave character. He also lies about a lot of things. Such as were is goes after school or were he is going at 10:00 at night. But when he finds himself in danger he goes on an adventure to get himself out of the situation, while also helping the skull along the way by getting the skull back home to were he originally came from. So Charlie¿s character is really adventurous character. Bruce Coville seems to know how to bring suspense to a story he shows a lot of supernatural conflicts and things. Such as he has a talking skull that belonged to a murdered man I think he does a great job as an author. The book was great and it will keep you on the edge of your seat and make you want to read more. Because Charlie goes on an adventure trying to get the skull back home. THE SKULL OF TRUTH is a great book that keeps suspense high so I really recommend reading the book because it¿s great!