Book Review: Secrets of the Magic Ring

November 10, 2011 Uncategorized 5

I wanted to read this children’s story from author Karen McQuestion because I have loved her adult novels and knew this would be just as wonderful.

Paul is thrilled when his Aunt offers to pay for a pool for his 9th birthday.  He is fascinated by the digging and prepping for the pool……..and then something magical and mysterious is found, a real buried treasure.  Paul believes he has really found something beautiful and valuable, but he also reads the instructions and he soon learns the power behind one’s most desired wish. Aunt Vicky’s fear of water is gone, and soon she loves swimming above all other things.  Paul meets a boy that has stayed a boy for decades….and more.  Be careful what you wish for has never been more true.

I love the timelessness of this book.  When reading it I realized it could have taken place almost any time in the last 20 or so years. The illustrations by Vincent Desjardins are so well done and also classic in feel. This book is fantasy and lessons to be learned rolled into one.  The adventures that Paul has are so appealing to a child boy or girl, and I truly enjoyed each one. 

I’m sending this book off to a friend with 2 young boys, because I know they too will love this new book.  I’m recommending this book especially to boys from 9-12, but I think girls would like it too. 

5 Responses to “Book Review: Secrets of the Magic Ring”

  1. Zibilee

    This does sound like such a wonderful story, and I wish my son were just a little bit younger so that he could enjoy it too. I am so glad to hear that it was a good read for you and that you loved it. Great review today!

  2. Karen McQuestion

    Hi Anita! I love that your comments area is titled “notes from my friends.” 🙂

    Thanks so much for the wonderful review! You were one of the very first to read the book, and although the publishing team was enthused about the story, I was waiting with baited breath to see the reactions of readers. Your review is a welcome sight. I especially loved that your acknowledged the illustrator, Vincent Desjardins. I loved his artwork and think it has a classic look. I hope the drawings (there are fifteen scattered throughout the text) will help draw reluctant readers into the story.

    Thank you again for reading the book, and for your thoughtful review.

  3. Christi Craig

    Anita, Thanks for this review. I’ve heard great things about all of Karen McQuestion’s books. And, I’m always on the lookout for a good book for my son, who fits right into that age range.

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