Secrets of the Magic Ring

Secrets of the Magic Ring

by Karen McQuestion

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ISBN-13: 9781612181424
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 11/08/2011
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 11 Years

About the Author

Karen McQuestion’s essays have appeared in Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Christian Science Monitor and several anthologies. Originally self-published as a Kindle e-book, A Scattered Life became the first self-published Kindle book to ever be optioned for film. McQuestion lives with her family in Hartland, Wisconsin.

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Secrets of the Magic Ring 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
wrighton-time on LibraryThing 17 days ago
Article first published as Book Review:Secrets of the Magic Ring by Karen McQuestion on Blogcritics.In a heartfelt time of year when the magic of Christmas is upon us, a dose of fun and fairies seems just the thing to add to a child¿s holiday list. In Secrets of the Magic Ring by Karen McQuestion, we are drawn into the mysteries of fairies along with their abilities and reason for being¿at least in this part of the woods. When Paul¿s rich Aunt Vicky decides to renew her relationship with her sister, she used her wealth to have a new pool built in their yard. Paul is overcome with joy. His friends Celia and Alex will be able to spend more time with him in the summer and after school. Watching the work on the site is almost exciting as the pool itself. One day after the workers have gone, Paul sees something in the hole. Knowing he shouldn¿t, he nonetheless decides to use a ladder and retrieve it. Getting the item out of the dirt is difficult but Paul perseveres. As he pulls it loose, he falls to the bottom of the hole.Scurrying back up the ladder with his prize, he is surprised to find a stranger, a boy waiting at the top of the ladder. Reaching out, he demands that Paul turn the treasure over to him. Paul refuses, and while somewhat startled he feels better when his dog chases the intruder away. Having to find a place to inspect his treasure in secret is a challenge, but when he finally opens the box, he is mesmerized. Inside he finds a ring. Trying it on, he finds it fits perfectly. Trying a different finger, he finds it fit perfectly there as well. The note in the box with the ring says he will get one wish. It must be a wise wish, not selfish. Excited, Paul does not realize the scope of the trouble coming his way, but the fairies are very well aware of this ring. Used wrongly in the past the wishes often create a great deal of trouble for those who use it. When the ring makes its way from person to person in his family, they are in for a strange and mysterious set of happenings. Only with the help of the fairies can they begin to set right the wrongs that are even now in place.This is a charming, well-told story, sure to enchant your young reader. The characters are fun and interesting. The children are like those we all know; they have their joys and concerns, and get into trouble as often as they can. Each fairy is assigned a family they watch over. When the ring shows up again after having been lost for so many years, they try to come up with a plan that will make everything right. Having an imagination and reaching out to capture the attention of those young at heart everywhere, McQuestion has given us a tale full of creativity and kindness. If you are looking for that special gift for the young reader in your life, look no further. A follow up to Celia and the Fairies, this work stands on its own. This is a marvelous story to peak the imagination, and offer a few morals. This would be a great book for your child¿s library, a classic fairy tale full of friendship and caring. This tale finds a way to bring families together in a way that is both charming and fun.This book was rreceived free from the author. All opinions are my own based off my reading and understanding of the information.
krau0098 on LibraryThing 17 days ago
I got a copy of this book for review form the publisher. This is a companion novel to Celia and the Fairies, this novel is told from Paul's viewpoint and takes place some time after the first book. I didn't like it quite as much as the first book, but it was still a magical and engaging story for younger readers.Nine year old Paul discovers a strange box with a ring inside of it in a hole that is being dug for a pool behind his house. Paul finds that the ring seems to grant the deepest wish of anyone who touches it. This seems great until the granted wishes start going sour. Paul finds out that the saying "be careful what you wish for" definitely applies in this case.This book is intended for younger readers, middle grade or younger. While I enjoyed Celia and the Fairies, I didn't enjoy this one as much mainly because I just didn't click with Paul as a character. Paul is nicknamed Spaz, and there's a reason for that. Paul is just kind of annoying. I know I was supposed to empathize with his problems fitting in with the other kids, but I had trouble doing that. I just couldn't relate to him and found him to be a shelfish, immature, and obnoxious character.Celia is only in the story for a tiny amount of time, so you don't get to see much of her. The story mainly revolves around Paul, his dog Clem, and some of Paul's "friends". The fairy watching over Paul's family is in the story a small amount, and while she does play a major role in the story's resolution, you don't see a ton of her throughout the book.I did enjoy the idea of fairies watching over specified families. I also enjoyed that the book teaches some good lessons about not being selfish and trying to care for others and be happy about who you are.I had some trouble with the Magic ring itself because the way the magic worked wasn't consistent throughout the book. Initially it sounds like the ring will grant your most desperate wish at the time you pick it up; this is how it works for Paul's aunt and for Paul's dog. For some reason Paul was able to handle the ring a lot before he made a wish and then actually has to make an effort to think his wish loudly to get it to happen. Then all the wishes were supposed to go wrong, later this was modified that they were going to go wrong if you made a selfish wish. This was some circular logic because if the ring grants your dearest wish when you touch it how can you control whether or not that is a selfish wish or not? That's basically saying you can't ever think anything selfish just in case; anyway I thought about the whole thing for awhile and the way the ring worked was just inconsistent throughout the story.The book is very short and ends well enough. It is a story I think young boys might enjoy reading. I think the original audience that was drawn to Celia and the Fairies (mainly younger girls) will find Paul a lot harder to relate to in this book. The dialogue throughout the story is pretty simple and at times a bit corny, but again it should be fine for very young readers.Overall this was an okay story. The story teaches some good lessons around selflessness, it is easy to read, and has some fun ideas about fairies protecting families. It is a pretty simple story though, so I think older kids might be bored. I had a hard time really engaging with the main character Paul because I thought he was obnoxious. I also had some trouble with the inconsistencies in how the magic ring worked (I know, fantasy buff here, but I like my magic systems detailed and solid). This would be a great light read for young boys who are interested in the magical and fantastic, also possibly a good read for older boys who don't like getting into long stories. For middle grade and older boys I would recommend Harry Potter, Percy and the Olympians, or Fablehaven as excellent fantasy for middle grade reads.
avry15 on LibraryThing 17 days ago
A nice book not just for children but also for young adults, and as one, I enjoyed it a lot..The words are conversational and the descriptions are vivid¿.the illustrations also help to guide the readers , especially it would be really attractive for children¿My 12-year-old sister actually finished the book first than me, and I have to read it, since she¿s claiming the story is awesome and a must-read¿ Well, she¿s right, I easily find myself engrossed and enjoying the story so well..I won¿t say that the story is unique since I believe that there are wishes and grants that could gone awry..sometimes what you meant for good, would turn out to be bad¿and sometimes it¿s better to be contented¿ that said but there¿s something in this book that would make you want to consider the former notions¿Maybe the book is quite funny¿ the events are ever-flowing, and there¿s no boring part¿ the story also kept some mysteries¿and it¿s good that Ms. McQuestion dropped out hints of these mysteries¿ it would make you think, be shocked and smile..I also love the addition of faeries in the story, it makes you see another world of magic although of course their help are hidden from humans and beside the fae world also have their own story to tell¿I enjoyed the friendship, the magic, the dog :)¿.and the ending¿expected but still unbelievable..:)..
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