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The Magician's Doll [Kindle Edition]

M.L. Roble
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Gold Award Recipient 2014 Literary Classics Book Awards, Pre-teen Fantasy
Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval

Finalist 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards, Pre-teen Fiction

Twelve-year-old Natalie has a lot to handle this school year, what with the bullies 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...

Editorial Reviews


"The story of exceptional and gifted beings secretly living among us is timeless; this exhilarating book is an impressive treatment of that classic storyline...An outstanding pleasure that tops the ranks of tween fantasy." - San Francisco Book Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 938 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,109,259 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Remarkable This Way Comes April 16, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
When it comes to gothic carnivals for tween readers I believe the absolute gold standard is Ray Bradbury's 1962 masterpiece, Something Wicked This Way Comes. Considered by many to be Bradbury's most sustained, complex and effective "dark October" style work, it tells the stories of James Nightshade and William Halloway, both age 13, and how they react when they realize that the dark sides of their secret wishes can be granted by the terrifying ringmaster of the mysterious and terrible "Cooger & Dark Pandemonium Shadow Show".

I mention this most wonderful book because, while it should not be invoked carelessly in comparison to other books, it is exactly what comes to mind when reading "The Magician's Doll". Of course in "The Magician's Doll" the protagonists are a boy and a girl, there is the matter of their being gifted, the form of the evil threat is different, and the nature of the carnival and the style of its ringmaster are different. But that said, at its heart this book is an accomplished and honorable variation on the dark carnival theme established by Bradbury. (It is the best I've read since Kate Milford's The Boneshaker, which follows the same lines, but with an American Folklore Devil-at-the-Crossroads sort of feel.)

"Doll" is written with great restraint and patience. While the Prologue is suitably captivating, the novel proper starts with some prosaic bullying and at first one wonders if this will just be a bit of a tween angst fest. In short order, though, the tale gets on track, an autumnal feel drifts in between the lines, and hints of approaching darkness surface.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional read February 24, 2013
By rnichol
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Well-paced with layered elements for many types of readers.
Intriguing is probably how I would describe both the book, and what keeps me turning. the pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read February 12, 2013
An easy to read fun book. Great for middle school aged kids. The story is very creative. By the end of the book you are so attached to the characters you want the story to go on. I hope there is a sequel planned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thrilling novel! August 4, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A doll owned by a magician? Intrigued, I started reading and found myself learning about a 12 year old girl called Natalie. Natalie's friend, Philip, bullied only makes Natalie mad. Phillip's father has disappeared. Natalie is being surprised by "gifts"appearing that she knew nothing about. Before school starts, Natalie and Phillip with their mothers go to the carnival. They are thrilled going from one attraction to the next. The last act they go to is Beausoleil the magician. His assistant is wearing such a large headdress that she falls and lands on Beausoleil! The manager argues with Beausoleil to continue on but with something different. The magician brings out a doll. The doll is so pretty that when Beausoleil asks for volunteers, Natalie runs up to the stage with Philip running closely behind. Beausoleil asks them to check to check the doll to make sure that it is a doll. Natalie and Phillip examine the doll closely. After they confirm it's a doll, the doll becomes alive! Natalie is freaked out when asked by the doll "will you be my friend?" Natalie runs off the stage. As other events happen, Natalie and Phillip learn about their skills and enemies.

The story has twists and turns you won't suspect. As the story moves along, it becomes more exciting. The characters are so well developed that they became alive to me. This is a story about friendship, family and good versus evil. It's excellent. My only disappointment was that it ended. I wrote the author to find if there will be a sequel. Her answer was yes. I can hardly wait!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Magician's Doll Wonderful Middle Grade Fiction July 18, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed reading "The Magician's Doll". To be honest, by looking at the cover, I didn't really know what to expect, other than a story about a doll. But after the first few paragraphs, I was hooked into the mysterious life of Natalie Bristol.

The story has less to do with the doll, and more to do with Natalie and the strange things that begin happening to her. Things get weird when she's hanging out with a friend, Phillip and even stranger when the circus comes to town. Natalie, her mother and their close friends Philip and his mother all go to the circus to see the magician perform, that's when Natalies' life changes drastically, things are not what they seemed and she wishes she could make go away.

This will make a great summer read for your 5 - 7th grader, they won't put the book down. The magic is not mystical or spiritual if that is something you are concerned with, but more to do with creativity, imagination and perhaps hidden talents that people may have.

It's the age old story of good vs. evil and will the hunger for power win over the hunger for doing what's right? Maybe, in the short term, but never in the long term which is a good lesson for any young person to learn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!! July 11, 2014
By Melanie
Format:Kindle Edition
This book drew me in from the very beginning and didn't let up the entire time. Natalie is 12 years old and trying to fit in but she just doesn't. She's embarrassed by her mother's "psychic" abilities and gets bullied and made fun of because of it. Her mother's best friend, Janet, has a son Phillip who is Natalie's age. They find out the circus is coming to town and they all go together. Natalie and Phillip aren't prepared for what happens next and their worlds are changed forever.

I like Natalie. She's curious and brave and willing to do whatever she has to in order to save those she loves. Phillip is a bit reckless and heads into situations without thinking. The two of them get into some trouble as they're trying to figure out their friendship. They also come to each other's aid. There are lots of other great characters that we get to know and they all add to the story: Mrs. Blaine, Beausoleil, Hercules, Louisa, and of course, the magician's doll. In the Prologue, we meet a father and a son, and I knew they were going to play a large part in the story, but I was taken by surprise as to who they were.

As I was reading it, I kept telling my daughter she would love it. There are some darker scenes but nothing overwhelming. There are lots of unanswered questions and I really hope there will be a sequel! If your middle-grader enjoys books with mystery, suspense, magic, family and friendship, then this is a book I highly recommend!

I received a copy of this book to review. My opinion is 100% my own.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
Having a psychic for a mother is not really something twelve year old Natalie wishes to advertise. The neighbor ruffians tease her, and close friends are few and far between. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Literary Classics Book Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read for teens (and this adult)!
As an adult, I seldom read teen books, but someone recommended the Magician's Doll. Very creative idea for a story! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carrie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good suspense

In my mind the doll is so much better than the cover picture. I liked some of the twists and turns the book took me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by rhonda
5.0 out of 5 stars Embrace your little quirks
This story was fantastic. It’s very “female Harry Potter” in that Natalie is 12 years-old, she has special abilities that not everyone is able to understand and she is the only one... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Annie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
I really enjoyed The Magician’s Doll. It’s the story of Natalie and Phillip who have been friends all of their lives and they find out that they are different from most of us. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars LIVING WITH A DOLL?
The story starts with many questions. You are seeing a father and son disagreement. You find out that they are both powerful men. Read more
Published 8 months ago by gayle pace
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, suspenseful thriller
The Magician’s Doll is a riveting, suspenseful thriller centred around a teenaged girl, Natalie, who like others in her town, has special “gifts”. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding new addition to tween fantasy
Twelve-year-old Natalie has always known she was different, but only wanted to be like everyone else. Read more
Published 11 months ago by G. Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read
When I first read the synopsis and then started reading the book I was reminded of the Ray Bradbury Book and Movie "Something Wicked This Way Comes". Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sandra K. Stiles
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M. L. Roble's desire to write a children's novel stems from the nostalgia of her own middle grade reading years where she first experienced books like "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "The Shattered Stone". There have been different books and genres since, but those years fueled an enchantment for story that continues to this day.

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