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Ring Around the Rosie [Kindle Edition]

Jen Wylie
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

~This is a Short Story!~
What if the children's song actually told of something else? Also includes a brief history of the song and possible meanings.
Suitable for 10 and up!
Amazon Kindle Short Reads and Children's Best Seller!

Ring Around the Rosie, a centuries old children's song known by all. We all remember the song and dance, people telling us it was about the Great Plague...but what if the song was really a warning for something else?
Aaron is a normal boy fascinated with music. He loves playing his flute so much he doesn't even mind lessons over summer break. When he meets a strange boy at the park who seems to be just as obsessed they spend summer days entertaining children in the parks woods. But friends often have secrets, music can be magical, and even the most innocent of children's games can be more than they appear.

This story contains NO violence, foul language or sex.

Looking for more reads suitable for 10 and up? Don't miss Jen Wylie's stand alone paranormal fantasy novel, Tales of Ever!

Editorial Reviews


"Weaving the magical into the mundane, making you rethink what you already know, and mesmerizing you from start to finish. Only three of the reasons why I love Jen Wylie's stories." - Sean Hayden, Author of the Demonkin Series.

"A chilling tale of friendship, music and magic." - J.A. Campbell, Author of Doc, Vampire-Hunting Dog.

"Chilling, thrilling and pitch perfect, will you take Jennifer Wylie's hand and be led into a supernatural game? It's not all child's-play in 'Ring Around the Rosie'." - Katy O'Dowd, Author of The Lady Astronomer.

From the Author

Ring Around the Rosie is a short story for young adults to adults.
Other works:  
Ring Around the Rosie-YA fantasy
Tales of Ever novella series- YA fantasy
Flashy Fiction and Other Insane Tales Vol 1 & 2- A paranormal anthology of the strange and bizarre.
Sweet Light- Romantic Fantasy novel
Broken Aro- Book 1 of the Broken Ones, Fantasy novel
Broken Prince- Book 2 of the Broken Ones, Fantasy novel
Tales of Ever- Fantasy/paranormal, YA 10+ 

Product Details

  • File Size: 184 KB
  • Print Length: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Untold Press (February 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,042 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We all fall down February 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Chilling, thrilling and pitch perfect, will you take Jennifer Wylie's hand and be led into a supernatural game? It's not all child's-play in 'Ring Around the Rosie', a deliciously dark tale that delivers consistently from the excellent writing throughout to the final note. A highly recommended read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ring Around The Rosie by Jen Wylie March 22, 2012
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Ring around the rosie, pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes, we all fall down. What if weren't about something deadly but something magical? Aaron is part of a musical family and even he is surprised when he hears music coming from the woods. He must investigate.

This short story gives us an alternative to the meaning we've all associated with this song. I like that there is something else behind this song. So many children love it, it's nice to see it can be interpreted another way. I like this short story. I wish it was a full length book. How much fun it would be to get tangled in it then.

I didn't find any issues.

I gave this one 5 out of 5 books even though I wished it were longer.

~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whimsical and dark. March 19, 2012
By TJames
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In this short story Jen Wylie has managed to preserve the feeling of a fairy tale / nursery rhyme with her use of simple, yet effective, prose. She juxtaposes this successfully with a modern setting and characters leaving an intriguing contemporary feel with the reader at the story's end.
In common with some of Grimm's tales this one has a sweet innocent beginning, but like a thriller film score the tune that it weaves becomes darker as it continues until... well, you'll just have to read it.
For me the main appeal was a likable and interesting main character, and the 'feel' of the piece which Ms. Wylie's writing evoked so well.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and beautiful February 26, 2012
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"Ring Around the Rosie" as a child's rhyme always made me nervous, and although I've pushed it out of my mind, now I remember why. In a story that lures the reader in and wraps you with warmth, there's a constantly lingering uncertainty that all isn't what it seems.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light and entertaining January 6, 2014
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This was a satisfying read, plainly told without overmuch style or pretension getting in the way of the story. Brief as it is, you get a clearly defined image of who the lead character Aaron is and that makes the story more enjoyable.

"Suspense" is not really the goal here, as the plot is reasonably guessable. The story's pace and clarity are more important and the ending leaves it up to the reader to make a final determination of "what just happened?", adding to the fun.

As a bonus, the author provides some historical background on the song "Ring around the Rosie" that will prove informative to those who simply recall the tune as a children's game.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good little read January 4, 2014
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Quite an interesting take on the children's song of the same name that children have sang for years. I really liked the turn that the story took later on as I continued to read. Will say it was a quite unexpected ending. I think it took me about an hour to read altogether.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting by lazer July 30, 2013
By Lazer
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An interesting short read that causes one to reminisce on days gone by. What were you told of the meaning of the little ditty? Do you remember? I appreciate the thoughts to ponder, by reading this. Quite enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story July 1, 2013
By Meg
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Lovely story filled with music and magic. From the beginning till the end it kept me wondering what's going to happen and who is this mysterious boy from the woods.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Short story
The story was okay but I found it to be too short had it of been longer I would've enjoyed it more. The explanation of the song I did find informative.
Published 1 month ago by readimg fool
4.0 out of 5 stars Eerie, but interesting!
Eerie, but interesting! This is a short story which is a fantasy that also has explanations for the nursery rhyme Ring Around the Rosie".
Published 1 month ago by Evelyn Edington
5.0 out of 5 stars Ring Around the Rosie
This book is really good, I couldn't but it down. If you like a mystery read this book. I would love it and read it again. I know I do.
Published 2 months ago by Dion Goodwin
2.0 out of 5 stars OK short story
This had a decent story line, but it was too predictable for me. I figured out who Shay was almost immediately and the ending in a general way. Read more
Published 6 months ago by CatherineS
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of magic...
Aaron comes from a musical family. He plays piano and guitar, but his favorite instrument is the flute. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Samantha McManus
3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected
Some times they say that the best things you run across are those things that are unexpected. Although I can't say that this was a terrible short story, it wasn't my favorite... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Telos
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Child's Play
Author, Jen Wylie reached into her vast imagination and pulled out a story that may send shivers up your spine; especially if you remember participating in a favorite children's... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mary Cunningham
4.0 out of 5 stars Magick!
Magick! That's what this story was. It is well written and immediately drew me in. I loved the feeling of the close-knit family and the fact that Aaron was high school age. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Terijr
4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative
Very well written story. It reminded me very much of a fairy tale, sort of like the Pied Piper. Character development was good for a short story. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Rhonda
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More About the Author

Jen Wylie resides in rural Ontario, Canada with her two boys, Australian shepherd and a disagreeable amount of wildlife. In a cosmic twist of fate she dislikes the snow and cold.
Before settling down to raise a family, she attained a BA from Queens University and worked in retail and sales.
Thanks to her mother she acquired a love of books at an early age and began writing in public school. She constantly has stories floating around in her head, and finds it amazing most people don't. Jennifer writes various forms of fantasy, both novels and short stories. She loves to hear from her readers!

How to connect with Jen:
Goodreads: Jen Wylie
Twitter: @jen_wylie
Facebook: Jennifer Wylie (page)

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