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"Chin and the Magic Stones is an electrifying tale of a young boy who is able to overcome fears and insecurities through belief in himself. With the help of his companion Eagle, Chin is able to provide hope and help to his friends by combating the evil of negative thinking. This story is engaging and suspenseful, educational and whimsical. I am eager for the next installment from L.J. Salazar!" --Ingrid Adams, Middle School English Teacher, Scotts Valley, California, Feb 2009

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"Chin and the Magic Stones is a charming adventure story for young readers who will enjoy learning, along with Chin and his companions, how positive thinking and a mind open to magic can lead you to some unexpected challenges and rewards."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse; 1st edition (February 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595531571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595531578
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,138,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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L.J. Salazar is professional photographer, writer and entrepreneur living in the Pacific Northwest. He started writing in 1983 while attending the Simon Bolivar University in Venezuela, where he published several short stories.

Influenced by Garcia Marques, Borges, Cortazar and other Latin-American writers, L.J. began writing children's fantasy books using the context of magic realism. His children's books address issues such as growing up, insecurity and self-doubt, the innate need for confidence, and the importance of good relationships with those that we love the most - whether they are human or animal.

His first children's book in English: Chin and the Magic Stones, takes on the themes of self-realization, resourcefulness and confidence for children in the context of a fantastic, exciting and creative story that keeps middle graders engaged from beginning to end.

L.J. lives in the greater Seattle area with his wife, their 11-year-old son and the family's King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Eagle.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jerome P. Pache on March 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
When you read this book you enter an exciting new world. It's the perfect combination of real places - it takes place in Kirkland in the state of Washington which is near where I live - and fictional places where time stands still. The characters are perfect for this book. The main character, Chin, is 10 years old like me. He is resourceful, witty, and smart. I also like the dog, Eagle because he's a nice loyal dog. The moral of this story is that if you put your mind to it you can do anything. I can't wait for the next book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura P. on May 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
I like the story because Chin shows how to be positive and be successful. Eagle makes me laugh a lot because he pretends to be a well-educated dog from England but he exaggerates everything. The story happens in Kirkland, a small city where I live, so I can go to the places described in the book and imagine the story is real! I am waiting for book #2!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Louise Garnett on May 8, 2009
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Luis is a friend and gave me this book as a gift. We were talking about the power of positive thinking and the journey of our spirits/souls. The book has a great message for adults and children alike "Ab Intra" (you will need to read the book, I won't spoil it for you). The book is fun and full of adventure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Hauschka on May 22, 2009
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As many books of this genre attest, adults don't always have the patience or imagination to understand or enter into childhood fantasy; and the workaday life of grownups tends to overlook those moments of magic. So when a magical moment presents itself to young Chin it is nice that he can turn to a canine friend for guidance. There is an archetypal interest in stories that feature a boy and a dog...a talking dog at that! And it is good to have a trustworthy companion when the magic leads Chin to encounters with the dark forces that lurk beneath his otherwise quiet and uneventful life/town. Ultimately Chin learns to trust himself and his own powers, and with his dog Eagle at his side he takes on the challenges that he faces with pluck and resolve. This story is a fun adventure, and a satisfying read for kids who are taking their first steps into the fantasy and magic genre, and they will enjoy the riddles and magic that lead Chin and Eagle to their next adventure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Noelle on June 16, 2009
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I look forward to seeing this series unfold. Messages of positivity, confidence and passion are refreshing and so needed for children today.
Chin and Eagle are wonderful characters, especially as Chin is so open-minded and Eagle is, well, just adorable. Salazar incorporates elements of various places and peoples throughout the story, something I hope he continues to emphasize and expand upon in subsequent books.
This book is a great starting point for children interested in stories with elements of fantasy, especially with the riddles and sketches. I would however suggest it for a bit younger reader than listed in the details - perhaps ages 7-10. Some people may disagree, but I think it would be a healthy challenge for strong beginning readers and the content perfect for a second or third grade read-aloud.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Davis on October 27, 2009
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This fun adventure story is a wonderful read for boys, especially. When Chin finds a magic stone and his dog, Eagle, begins to talk, he knows that things have changed in a drastic way, but how, and why are the questions he begins to explore. This is a magical story that will delight ages 7-12 and hold their interest throughout the entire book. It also teaches kids to trust themselves and believe in positive results. This is going to make a good series, so we can hardly wait for the next book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mustu on May 14, 2009
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My son's review:

I like that Chin get super powers, his dog is funny, the magic stone, he has a good imagination.

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I read this book to my 5 year old son and he really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the story as well and appreciated that it had a positive message. Since we live in the Seattle area it was nice that we recognized some of the landmarks used in the story. I think boys will especially love the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Georgia_Girl on May 20, 2009
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I enjoyed this book, even as an adult. It's a charming story with well-written, entertaining characters. The action starts immediately, which I like (I'm a plot person and if the plot doesn't kick off right away, I get bored!)

Kids will especially like Eagle, the talking dog--also one of my favorites.
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