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A rich, magical Gothic mystery from the legendary John Bellairs 

Rose Rita wishes she could go to camp like her best friend, Lewis. She's sure that boys get to have all the fun - until Mrs. Zimmermann offers her an adventure of her own. Mrs. Zimmermann's cousin Oley has left her his farm as well as a ring that he thinks is magic. But when the two arrive at the deserted farm, the ring has mysteriously vanished. What power does it have? And will the person who took it use the ring to do evil?

©1976 John Bellairs (P)2018 Recorded Books

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  • D. Sheff
  • Inkster, Michigan United States
  • 04-15-18

A swell tale wonderfully told by George Guidall

George could read the phonebook and it would be enjoyable. Mr. Bellairs work being a world better than that is a pleasure to listen to.

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The Lewis Barnavelt series takes a detour

This book is the third in the Lewis Barnavelt series and the author makes the interesting choice of essentially removing Lewis from the story. Instead, we focus on Rosarita, Lewis' best friend and her adventures with Mrs Zimmerman while Lewis is away at scout camp.

And quite the adventure it is too. Ancient artifacts, witchcraft, curses, Rosarita trying to decide if she wants to be a typical girl, and a 13 driving a car. Not a long story, but one with a lot going on. If anything, Rosarita makes a better protagonist than Lewis does, in that she is more prone to action rather than sitting and worrying about all the bad things that can happen.

As I understand it, this was the final book completed by John Bellairs before his passing. The rest of the series was completed by another writer based, largely on Mr Bellairs' notes. I plan on checking those out, but this book made me realize just how good this writer was. You have to wonder"what might have been".

I recommend this book.

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Very Conflicted

I read this book as a kid. I checked it out from my Catholic school's library and, being of a bit of a spooky, paranormal bent, loved it. When I read it again now, as an adult, I am disappointed to find it dated and maybe even a little damaging. The main character struggles to come to terms with growing up and being female. To skip over quite a lot of detail, she is eventually dissuaded from wishing to be a boy. I think this could cause additional conflict for a child who is questioning their gender. This was not something I personally struggled with, so I didn't process it that way, but someone vulnerable could and I think that's something take into account.
I urge you to listen and think and make your own conclusions.

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