Book: The Magician's Doll Author: M.L. Roble Date of Publication: February 2, 2013 Publisher: M.L. Roble Genre: middle grade, fantasy, ya, adventure Source: author (thank you!!!!!) Rating: 4.5/5 Beans
Twelve-year-old Natalie has a lot to handle this year, what with the bullying and the sudden development of her rather unusual abilities. But a circus is approaching, a storm is brewing, and with them comes the arrival of Beausoleil the Magician, his daughter, Louisa, his mysterious doll, and Natalie’s biggest challenge yet!
II was so touched when I was contacted to review this book (that being said, it has not influenced my opinion of the book at all, while middle grade isn’t usually something that I read, I may have spoken too soon. I found that this book to be right up my alley! I quick and well done read, my attention was held by the lives of these two young teens as they were put into situations that many of us would never imagine.
Roble’s characters were unique and very interesting. Our main character was twelve-year-old Natalie, who doesn’t want to have anything to do with the magic she has inherited. I had to keep reminding myself that she was twelve due to how much she whined and complained about everything, she kinda bothered me a bit. Philip actually reminded me of a dear friend from my own elementary and middle school days, and he was a great companion to the other characters. I understand the second book is about him and i can’t wait to hear more about him and his family. My favorite character was Louisa because she was so selfless and had such an optimistic view on life, despite what she went through.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it for any middle grade fans as well as for young teens who enjoy magic and adventure. 4.5 out of 5 beans from me!