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Secrets of the Magic Ring [Kindle Edition]

Karen McQuestion , Vincent Desjardins
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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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About the Author

Karen McQuestion grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the second of four girls. As the daughter of two schoolteachers, she was required to get good grades and stay out of trouble, which she did--for the most part. Later she got a really cool last name when she married Greg McQuestion. When they first met, she was intrigued by the fact that he danced like Steve Martin and looked like Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones movies. Today he looks less like Harrison Ford except for his smile--a mysterious smirk. The dancing is the same. Now Karen writes books for both adults and kids, and she is a best-selling author in Kindle. Two of her novels placed in the top 100 Customer Kindle books for 2010, based on sales and reader reviews. Karen McQuestion lives in Hartland, Wisconsin, with her husband and three kids.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 914 KB
  • Print Length: 158 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612181422
  • Publisher: Two Lions (8 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DXOML2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,686 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has a ring to it 17 Jan. 2012
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After reading Celia and the Fairies, my daughter (7) was eager to read the next book from Karen McQuestion.

Secrets of the Magic Ring doesn't follow on from the first book, but it does have very similar themes and the same, easy to read, writing style that children aged 7-8 should be able to easily follow.

The story involves a magic wishing ring that a young boy called Paul finds. As is usual in these stories, wishes do not go according to plan and there is a moral running through this story about being selfish.

Though the main character is a boy, girls will find plenty to enjoy here. There is magic and the return of fairies as in the earlier book, plus the story itself is another excellent adventure full of magic. It feels almost timeless compared to many modern stories about children and harks back to stories I read in my own youth.

I thoroughly recommend Secrets of the Magic Ring and the previous book, Celia and the Fairies, for children aged 7 and up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets of the Magic Ring 15 Dec. 2011
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What a wonderful book. It's so well written - and the story is great. It's full of intrigue and suspense, with a fair amount of fun thrown in. My 6 year old son thinks this is fantastic, and I must admit, I found myself reading on a bit further even when he'd fallen asleep at bedtime, as I got so into the story!! I wish there were more books like this for children - good, old fashioned magical tales that don't involve violent aliens blasting each other to pieces or kids who have problems we should all be able to relate to.......... I for one want a bit of escapism in a book, and this is perfect. I hope there are lots and lots of copies purchased as Christmas gifts, as this is a perfect gift for any child (or young at heart adult!).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Make a wish 8 Jan. 2012
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
A piece of urban fantasy aimed at younger readers. Most ideally those aged seven to ten. But well enough written such that those of an older age might enjoy it as well.

It runs for one hundred and forty seven pages - of quite large and readable print - and is divided into thirty seven chapters.

There are also illustrations of various points in the story.

Main character is Paul, who has parents who don't quite relate to him. A dog called Clem. A friend called Celia. And a rich aunt. Who decides to give him a swimming pool for his birthday.

When this is being built Paul finds a box buried in the ground. Opening it reveals a special ring. That allows it's owner to make a wish.

But what should Paul wish for? And who is the strange boy lurking nearby who wants to get his hands on the ring?

There's an old saying about why you should be careful what you want. And Paul is about to find out how true that is...

This is superbly written and very readable from the off, and the writer does get all the character perspetives nearly everything is seen from Paul's viewpoint. The way he and his parents can't quite relate to each other is spot on. It also covers many things that kids of his age will go through, such as problems with classmates.

The plot does unfold at a nice pace with a few twists and turns. The seeming villain of the piece is well written because they have credible motivation. And the fantasy elements - although perhaps revealed a little too early - are quite nicely done.

All is wrapped up at the end very well also.

An entertaining little fantasy. The moral lessons it touches on are never put over in a ham fisted way. It's ideal light reading for younger readers looking for a good fantasy tale. And just the kind of thing you could read to your kids at bedtime.

Although you might have to fight the temptation to keep it for yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars KIDS WILL LOVE THIS BOOK! 4 Dec. 2011
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I just loved this book! I'm not ashamed to say that though I've long been an adult, I just ADORED this read!

From time to time, we receive certain books we choose from Amazon for 'review', but sadly many of them are usually 'uncorrected proofs' which sometimes means (especially in this case) some bits can be missing, and in this particular instance it was the pictures that should have been featured - and I sorely wanted to see them... Such a pity... However; the book was absolutely wonderful!

A small boy finds a ring. He later discovers quite by accident that the ring is magic, but that the wearer only gets to make a single wish. This sounds great, but there are many complications as the ring passes from person to animal!

This story is full of twists and turns, and I'm not ashamed to say was a bit stumped as to figure out how all this was going to be sorted out, and so I just KNOW kids of all ages with any imagination will just love it!

The only minor continuity error I found was when the boy 'Henry' comes to Paul's window asking him for a favour, and Paul doesn't hesitate but to talk with him felt a bit 'odd', as the last only time he'd seen the strange Henry before, the boy had been quite unfriendly and quite threatening, and so I thought this needed a little bit more time in the story to develop - perhaps by having the boys meet up a couple of more times first to get to know each other a bit better perhaps to be a bit more credible. (a small niggle for such a good read though!)

Five Stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars my 9 year old loves this 22 April 2012
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The first in the series was a direct hit for my 8 year old daughter. This follow-up, which became a Christmas present not only was consumed in a few days over the Christmas break but left my daughter with some clear and delightful memories of the characters and situations.

My daughter: "I loved this book. I wish there were more. It is magical and imaginative without being too caught up with typical modern tweenie issues. Brilliant."

I trust her judgement. So should you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good story
Just read it to my son and we thoroughly enjoyed it. I did feel like it needed a bit more fast moving action at some stage to avoid being to much of the same time but overall a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. D. Hignett
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical and educational!
I can't wait to read this book again to my daughters when they get a bit older to understand. I like the story myself I'm sure they will do as well. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you in suspense
My daughter loved it. Here is her review,

I am 8 years old and thoroughly enjoyed this story.
This book is about a boy and a MAGICAL ring. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chamanthi Widanapathirana
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book to share
Yes it is a good story that keeps you guessing about how it will all end. Would like another story to follow on.
Published 6 months ago by L. Price
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book
lovely older children story. I would recommend this book.
Published 9 months ago by janet
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I liked this follow on from Celia and the Fairies. It is a story about Paul who finds a magic ring in his back garden. The ring gives one wish to the wearer. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read for 7+ year olds, full of intrigue and surprises
This story by Karen McQuestion contains a great mix of magic, fairies and adventure. It certainly kept my 7 year old daughter interested for her bedtime story. Read more
Published 20 months ago by R. W. Mackenzie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read for children
I read this book to check it was suitable for children and it managed to get me hooked to the point where I had to finish it. Read more
Published 21 months ago by angelmary
5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets Of The Magic Ring
Paul is a nine year old boy who has a wealthy auntie who suggests to Pauls parents that she would like to pay for a swimming pool to be put in the family Garden. Read more
Published on 25 Mar. 2012 by Romreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Review by nine year old Laura & her Dad
Laura is not an enthusiastic reader, and the Enid Blyton books are her favourites, so I was very impressed by this response:

L: The book was really good, surprising. Read more
Published on 7 Feb. 2012 by Alexa
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