Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Book Review - "From The Magical Mind of Mindy Munson"

I am pleased to be contributing to a Book Review Blitz on behalf of author Nikki Bennett, for her brand-new middle grade book, “From the Magical Mind of Mindy Munson” .

From the Magical Mind of Mindy Munson by Nikki Bennett


About the Book

Title: From the Magical Mind of Mindy Munson
Author: Nikki Bennett
Publication Date: June 26, 2014 
Publisher: Firedrake Books, LLC 
Pages: 116  Recommended Ages: 7 to 12
Summary: Every house has a history. This House has a mystery. When the orphaned Munson kids move with their aunt to The House, Mindy Munson discovers strange creatures living there already. Ghosts. Dragons. Leprechauns. And a scary Thing lurking in the basement. Mindy’s older sister Susie is determined to find out where these creatures came from and why they’re living in the Munson’s house. With the help of the next-door neighbours and an old lady named Mrs Wemberley, Susie, Mindy and their brothers unravel The House’s amazing secrets. And along the way, they discover some incredible secrets about themselves.

My Review

 The Magical Mind of Mindy Munson is a gorgeous story told through the eyes of four children. The characters are well-developed and evocative - Jesse in particular has a wonderful voice that rings out throughout the whole story, and we clearly hear his childish lisp in his mispronounced words. The plot evokes a roller coaster of emotions that make you laugh and cry; it is crammed full of delightful, magical, amusing and sometimes poignant moments.  Underlying the story is a tale of tragedy, but the writer, skilfully recording each episode through the eyes of the children, is able to inject magic and sparkle into this sad tale. At the end of the book the children are able to admit that the things are only present when they feel sad. I highly recommend this little gem especially as a read-aloud book to children ages 7 to 12. 

About the Author: Nikki Bennett

Nikki Bennett
Nikki Bennett is an author and world traveller currently living in Japan. She loves travelling, and incorporates all the culture and folklore she can from the countries she visits into her stories.
Nikki has two books out right now. Her first book, FOUR FIENDS is a MG fantasy adventure and her book, MUKADE ISLAND is a YA adventure/fantasy (think Lord of the Flies meets LOST, it it was set on a different world!)
Find out all about Nikki’s books at www.worldofnikki.com

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