The Monster’s Ring by Bruce Coville


Summary: The Monster’s Ring by Bruce Coville is another book in the Magic Shop Series. So far, I have read only two of those books and the only things in common in the series are Mr. Elives, his magic shop and two rats! A 5th grade boy named Russell goes to the magic shop and ends up buying a mysterious ring “Monster’s Ring”. The ring comes with the instructions that if you twist it while doing a magic chant, you will turn into a monster by growing horns and hair on the face. If you twist it twice, fangs are bared. Twist it thrice and….no one will dare! Russell uses the ring on Halloween and then goes out of control. Read the book to find out more about this enthralling adventure!

My opinion: When I read the back of this book, it was so interesting that it looked like a cliffhanger to me and I just had to start reading it right away! When Russell got bullied by Eddie, I was infuriated for him and when he started scaring Eddie, I was rooting for Russell. The story is scary in parts, as well as very comical at times, especially when describing Russell’s interaction with his Dad. Definitely a must read.


The Skull of Truth by Bruce Coville


Summary: This book is about a sixth grade boy (Charlie) who lies all the time! He is bullied by a boy named Mark and his gang and once, when trying to run away from them, he lands up in Mr. Elives’ Magic Shop. He steals a skull form then shop and it turns out that the skull has magical powers! He is then on an interesting and sometimes scary adventure!

My opinion: I learnt two new vocabulary words in the first chapter only!  They are “indignant” which means angry, “doofus” which means foolish. I am still in the middle of reading this book, so I will update this post with my review once I am done reading it. It took me some time to finish this book as I couldn’t read for one whole week when I was at camp. This was a very interesting book. My favorite character was Yorick, the skull because he was very talkative and funny and always looking for a laugh. He was cursed to always tell the truth and sometimes, the truth telling led to big consequences for Charlie. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to read a very enthralling adventure book.