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The Monster's Ring: A Magic Shop Book (Magic Shop Books)
Synopses & Reviews
Bruce Coville's The Monster's Ring did more than launch his career as a children's novelist, it also introduced readers to the world of Mr. Elives' Magic Shop, where boys hatch dragons, toads talk, skulls spout Shakespeare, and the heroes and heroines of Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher, Jennifer Murdley's Toad, The Skull of Truth, and next year's Juliet Dove, Queen of Love find enchantment, adventure, and insight. Now available in twentieth anniversary editions, each of these modern classics has been given a new afterword by the author and stunning new jacket art by Tony DiTerlizzi.
Twist it once, you're horned and haired;
Twist it twice and fangs are bared;
Twist it thrice? No one has dared!
Russell is sure that the ring is just a silly magic trick, but he follows the instructions and twists the ring twice anyway--and becomes a monster!
• ABA's Pick of the Lists
• Children's Choice Award Nominee (in four states)
• IRA Children's Choice
Celebrate twenty years of magic with Bruce Coville!
The book that gave us our first peek inside Mr. Elives' Magic Shop--now in a brand-new paperback edition
A charming, humor- and heart-filled middle grade story of a misfit boy who finds an unexpected second life after being kidnapped by a colorful traveling medicine show.
“If you always feel fully and completely happy, my friends, then you do not need my drops and I will not sell them to you for any amount of money.” —Master Melville
Eleven-year-old juggling enthusiast Sullivan Mintz helps his family run the Stardust Home for Old People. Its not ideal: his best friend, Manny, is eighty-one years old. But life as usual turns upside down when Master Melvilles Medicine Show comes to town. Sullivans excitement at finding performers his own age dissolves into dread when he steps onstage for a magic act only to wake up imprisoned in the traveling shows caravan. As his fears subside, his questions multiply. Is his family better off without him? Would life as a juggler performing with other kids be worse than living in an old folks home? Being kidnapped could be the best thing that ever happened to him . . . or decidedly not.
Monsters, aliens, ghosts, giant frogs, and a tragic angel are just some of the ingredients of this madcap adventure that is quite possibly Bruce Covilles strangest novel yet. Bruce himself appears on this recording as Gaspar Morley, head of a strange family of monsters that draw Anthony (our narrator) and his little sister Sarah into a galaxy-spanning adventure with the very souls of Earths dead at stake.
About the Author
BRUCE COVILLE is the bestselling author of dozens of books, including Armageddon Summer (cowritten with Jane Yolen), My Teacher Is an Alien, Into the Land of the Unicorns, and The Monsters of Morley Manor. He lives in Syracuse, New York.
Table of Contents
The Magic Shop 1
With a Twist of the Ring... 9
The Battle in the Cafeteria 16
Russell v. His Father's Mouth 25
Eddie's Revenge 31
Double Whammy 39
Russell Goes Berserk 47
The Beast Within 54
The Third Twist of the Ring 62
Russell to the Rescue 70
Return to the Magic Shop 83
Home Run 93
A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR 103
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