Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade
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.”
I was told about this book by my step daughter, she had got the book from her local library and decided to read it and loved it! So, naturally, since we like most of the same type of reads, I decided that I wanted to read this great book as well. So, when the author, Karen McQuestion offered me her book from my wishlist, Easily Amused, we started to talk about this and she had this one sent right over as well.
I'm not going to lie, it took me a little bit to get into this book. I had to put it up a couple of times before I really started to get into the whole story line of the book. The characters were very likeable, the storyline was great, but at first it was missing that little 'oomph' to get me into it. While I loved Paul, he also seemed to be lacking a bit, as to what, I really can't put my finger on it.
As the story progressed, I absolutely loved this book! The fairies in this book were not like most fairies, with exotic names and really special abilities. They were just normal guardian fairies. They were assigned to each house watching over the families to make sure everything went smoothly.
When Paul finds this box buried deep within the ground where his pool is being put in, he can't wait to dig out this treasure box and see what is inside. There, of course, were some mishaps along the way, as all stories have. At one point Paul kind of questioned if his friend was really his friend as well. Which I'm sure we have all been there once or twice in our lives.
When things start to happen with the 'wishes' the wearer is granted things get a little interesting. It changed the lives of 5 people and 1 dog.
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