The Skull of Truth: A Magic Shop Book

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Overview

Charlie Eggleston is the biggest liar in town. When he finds himself at Mr. Elives' magic shop, his eyes light upon the skull. He steals it, and it puts him under some sort of spell: Soon he can only tell the truth—but now no one believes him!

 

Charlie, a sixth-grader with a compulsion to tell lies, acquires a mysterious skull that forces its owner to tell only the truth, causing some awkward moments before he ...

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Overview

Charlie Eggleston is the biggest liar in town. When he finds himself at Mr. Elives' magic shop, his eyes light upon the skull. He steals it, and it puts him under some sort of spell: Soon he can only tell the truth—but now no one believes him!

 

Charlie, a sixth-grader with a compulsion to tell lies, acquires a mysterious skull that forces its owner to tell only the truth, causing some awkward moments before he understands its power.

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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

From the Publisher

"A fast-moving, rollicking, yet serious tale . . . 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 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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152060848
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Series: Magic Shop Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 237,498
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Coville

BRUCE COVILLE has more than fourteen million books in print, including the bestselling My Teacher Is an Alien and the Magic Shop books. He lives in Syracuse, New York. Visit his website at www.brucecoville.com .

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  • Posted February 15, 2014

    This story contained quite a few surprises for me. The first hal

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    The themes in this book are not adult ones, but universal. This

    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.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

    Agree with previous review.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2010

    Adult Topics

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2006

    Bruce Coville. THE SKULL OF TRUTH. Harcourt Brace & Company, 1997

    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!

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    Posted July 16, 2010

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