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The Magic of Finkleton [Kindle Edition]

K.C. Hilton
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Most folks say, "Mother Nature controls the rain." However this is not the case in the village of Finkleton.

In the perfect little village of Finkleton, the weather is always perfect. Every farm grows the best, biggest, healthiest crops in the entire world, and everyone is happy.

Soon after the Finkles inherit their Uncle Harry's shop and move to Finkleton, they discover magical secrets hidden in his shop. One clue at a time, Jack, Lizzy and Robert learn the town's amazing secret. No, Mother Nature is not in charge in Finkleton!

Ever since Uncle Harry's death, the weather has not been cooperating. Farms are starting to fail. Will the Finkle children be able to solve all the magical mysteries before the village is destroyed?

Come along to Finkleton. A very special, magical adventure is about to begin!

Age Range 9-12
Childrens / Middle Grade Fiction

Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval June 8, 2011
Literary Classics Finalist September 29, 2011
Literary Classics Gold Award for Best of Pre-Teen Fiction October 14, 2011

Book Review
Reviewed by Rita V for Readers Favorite

The Magic of Finkleton is a captivating novel written by K.C. Hilton. Siblings, Robert, Jack and Lizzy, are thrown into a bizarre world of mystery and intrigue when their house is burned down in a disastrous thunderstorm, which happens precisely at the same time their Great Uncle Harry dies, leaving them his home and general store in the perfect picturesque town of Finkleton, England. Finkleton is no ordinary town though; the weather is always mysteriously perfect, the crops are overly abundant and its residents are exceedingly happy. Soon after settling in, the children begin discovering astonishing secrets and unraveling clues that aid them to use their unique abilities to help bring the weather back to failing crops and a nearly destroyed village. Why are there hourglasses hooked up on strings to each individual farm? What is the secret lever? What do the maps and scrolls actually point out? The children must find the courage and strength within themselves to figure out their ancestral secrets and set out on a magical adventure to save Finkelton.

K.C. Hilton brings a powerful punch of magic into a fast-paced older children’s book that does not disappoint. I found it to be inquisitive, exciting, and truly fun to read. It is rare to find a book so intricately written in which the reader is actually encouraged to participate. I loved the use of descriptive words; the plot was full of twists and turns, and the depth of the characters was amazingly accomplished. The cover alone had me enthralled and highly anticipating this lovely read! K.C. creates the perfect recipe of magic, adventure and imagination that are all easy to comprehend for older children on up to adult readers. I very much look forward to reading her next novel, The Return to Finkleton, and sharing these wonderful books with my daughter as she gets older. I can easily see K.C Hilton’s series as either a television series or a film series comparable to Harry Potter, and I do not say that lightly. She is truly a genius in her mad writing skills, and this book portrays to all audiences who love a little magic in their life. This is by far, the best novel I have read all year, and if I could have given it ten stars, I would have. Look out world, here comes K.C. Hilton!

Editorial Reviews


Hilton tells a creative tale of a magical rural village in England.

Uncle Harry Finkle is an elderly man who keeps the village of Finkleton running smoothly; each farm receives exactly the correct amount of rain for the crop grown in its field. Finkleton has never had a bad crop or an unsuccessful business, and nobody ever wants to sell land to outsiders, however desperately the interlopers want to buy. After an unexpected incident, three resident children named Jack, Robert and Lizzy inherit their Uncle Harry's general store, as well as all its secrets. As the children make discoveries, they find it necessary to keep secrets from their parents, thinking that it's in their best interest. Hilton writes this tale in a clean, smooth and straightforward manner. Although more mature audiences will easily discern the plot's movement, there are enough surprises to keep all readers interested. The book moves along smoothly from beginning to end, with realistic portrayals of sibling disagreements, as well as solidarity, throughout the book; conversations and arguments between the siblings suggest Hilton is savvy about familial politics. The author provides little depth to certain characters, notably the parents, though as the central focus of the book, the children are more richly constructed. Setting details are sparse, with the exception of three rooms in the basement of the general store in which most of the book's action takes place. The author introduces magical artifacts such as hourglasses, scrolls and weathered maps with a perspective that is fresh and unique. Children and young adults alike will relate to the protagonists and may learn some moral lessons as the children decide to use the magical talismans for the good of the town, and not merely for their selfish desires.

A solid, simple read that encourages altruism while remaining lighthearted. -- Kirkus Reviews, May, 20, 2011

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Product Details

  • File Size: 870 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace; 2 edition (May 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051WBS1C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,752 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutley Wonderful! May 28, 2011
Let me just begin this review by stating that this book is NOT a teen or adult book. It's plainly stated that it is a children's book - middle grade, actually. So to the people complaining on Goodreads? You're not very bright are you? Additionally to those not very bright people on Goodreads, I fail to see how this debut novel from Hilton was predictable or boring.

Harry Finkle, owner of the general store in the middle of the perfect village of Finkleton, has unexpectedly died. William Finkle, Harry's nephew, and his family has unexpectedly lost their home to a fire. As Harry's only family, they move to Finkleton and take over the shop. The main characters are not, in fact, the parents, but rather their children Jack (14), Lizzy (12), and Robert (8). There are secrets to be found throughout the store and the rooms in the back. A room full of hourglasses? A library filled with nothing but books on vegetables, fruits, and herbs? An office sporting a large map of the village of Finkleton? What do all of these have in common and can the children figure it all out before it's too late?

The book in general is a pretty fast read (only 184 pages) and I'm more than confident that children would find it exciting, fast-paced, and magical. Hell, I'm almost 25 years old and I find it to be what I've described. So boring? Nope. Predictable? Not at all. Worth reading to kids (or even for yourself)? Absolutely. Check it out, mes amours.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The younger generation will be delighted when reading The Magic of Finkleton by KC Hilton, a wonderfully entertaining book that will keep inquisitive eyes glued to the pages. In my opinion, they will read the book over and over again, designating it as one of their favorites. I say this partially because of the reaction of my own two grandchildren when I allowed them to read the book and offer their opinions. They loved the storyline, especially the magic within the bound pages.

Most families find that moving from one home to another in a different area is stressful, especially if their former residence was destroyed by a fire. The Finkle family consisted of William and Emma and their three children: Jack, age 14, Elizabeth, age 12, and Robert, age 8. The Finkles expressed a variety of emotions as they prepared to move from Bath, England to the distant village of Finkleton where Mr. Finkle's Uncle Harry had lived prior to his passing. The simultaneous timing of the fire and his death was indeed strange but it was a move that would provide this family of five with a general store for earning a living and a second floor that offered them a living quarters. They were optimistic and looking forward to the future. Though the move impacted the entire family, the children were about to experience a magical adventure that was beyond anything they might have anticipated.

Through the author's imagination, creativity, plotting, and excellent writing skills, young readers will find the story captivating as they identify with the three children in the unfolding, magical drama. Until Uncle Harry died, the weather had almost always been perfect in Finkleton for growing the best crops in the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good , Clean Children's book January 15, 2014
By raj
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This is a very good and clean children's book. The younger son is whiny, but I dont know if it was his age or the author just wrote in a whiny child. This book is reminscent of The Railway Children, or The Famous Five or The Secret Seven series by Enid Blyton.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book June 21, 2013
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Finding a book that keeps my sons interest is very difficult. This is the first book we have read together and we loved it so much we read the next book in the series "Return to Finkleton" We just finished that book and cant wait to see what KC Hilton comes up with next! BTW my son is 9.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It was good April 23, 2013
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I said ohhhh nooooo i have to start this book but it got interesting so that was all i Will say
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch The Hour Glass! March 26, 2012
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This was a fun and magicial book! I like the idea of hourglasses being able to control the balance of a town. It's an interesting story of taking on a huge responsibility and how it brings the siblings of the family together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars my kids and I were bored... October 6, 2011
When I saw this book's gorgeous cover and read the glowing reviews, I got this book for my kids so we could discover along with the Finkle kids the secrets they stumble upon in Finkleton. After reading the synopsis to my daughter she told me outright that it sounded very predictable. She didn't seem excited as I was to read it along with me. Nonetheless, I snuggled with my kids on the bed and began reading. The first chapter was promising but by the third chapter, my son told me there was too much dialogue and not enough action.

Both my kids were right.

From then on we struggled through it. My son lost total interest and my daughter and I were bored. The story had an interesting premise about a family who inherited their Uncle Harry's shop and moved to Finkleton, where they discover magical hidden secrets in the shop. The setting is England but the time is unclear leaving us to guess that it took place sometime in the 19th century. I liked this because I envisioned a wholesome story with children who wouldn't be distracted by modern technology but rather would cleverly use their wits to solve the mystery of Finkleton. While the story is wholesome, we did not consider the children witty. Except maybe for Robert, the youngest, who figured things out and took an interest in the hourglasses. But we did like how in the end they came to work together for the good of their town.

The problem was that the story was very slow with not much suspense. The excessive dialogue was irritating because it did nothing to move the plot forward. Each chapter could have been easily cut in half. Too much telling and not enough showing. An editor would have caught this and helped to polish the text.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Fantasy with a few problems
When the Finkles’ house burns down and their Uncle Harry dies, it seems fat is driving them to move to Finkleton. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Magic!
The Magic of Finkleton isn't a fast paced novel full of drama and danger like we read about in the Harry Potter series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Illinois Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This book was awesome! I totally recommend this book and the second one: Return to Finkleton.Can't wait for the third book!
Published 4 months ago by My Four Girls
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME BOOK AND STORY LINE
AWESOME BOOK!!! I totally enjoyed this story and could not wait to pick it up and read more each day. It was as exciting to me as it was for Jack, Robert and Lizzy in the story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ginny C
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
This book was very good, but not extremely exciting if your looking for adventure. :) for adventure, I recommend Red Rock Mysteries or Mysterious Benedict Society
Published 4 months ago by jennifer branson
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading
Cute book but was disappointed on the ending. However, I was intrigued by the sensory detail early in the story.
Published 5 months ago by Jen Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome the best of all
so awesome I don't know how to explain how good it is! I don't know what else to say. it is just so awesome
Published 6 months ago by Emily
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute book
Very cute story. I'm reading it to my 7 year old daughter and she is enjoying it very much. It's not a real action packed book, but has some elements of mystery and discovery as... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Stephanie Kuphal
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the magic
My daughter and I really enjoyed this book.wonderful for her imagination she looked forward to a chapter each night. And I enjoyed reading a chapter each night. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bernon MCcain Pitts
3.0 out of 5 stars Kids liked it.
The magic of Finkleton is a fun story that my kids s enjoyed. I didn't like it so much, I thought the way it w as s written made it a little harder to follow along. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ingrid V.
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More About the Author

Born and raised in Aurora, Illinois I spent my childhood climbing trees and playing street games with the neighborhood kids. I was a proud tomboy, until the day I didn't want to hike the land to an old graveyard. From that point forward I was considered a "girl".

At the age of seventeen I moved to Kentucky and eventually began to raise a family of my own. Having worn several "hats" my life has been an adventure all on its own. Still, to this day, I yearns to be a mechanic and own a pink toolbox with pink tools.

I can usually be found updating my website, reading great books, watching awesome movies or creating videos for my YouTube channel. Most days I craves Diet Coke, pizza and chocolate, in no particular order.

I don't read scary books or watch horror movies. I'm way too scared!

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