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"This lively tale . . . is more than just another story about [Halloween]. . . . It is a good book that will appeal, at any time, to anyone who, like Russell, is 'very fond of monsters.'"—The New York Times Book Review
 
"The mix of monsters, magic, and Halloween has a built-in appeal."—Booklist
 
 
"Bruce Coville's story is a Halloween romp, with Katherine Coville's illustrations revving up the chills and giggles . . . a junior Jekyll and Hyde."—Publishers Weekly
 
 
• ABA's Pick of the Lists
 
• Children's Choice Award Nominee (in four states)
 
• IRA Children's Choice

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The Monster's Ring is a multi-voiced recording featuring author Bruce Coville himself as narrator and the talented Full Cast Audio family of actors. The roles of the children are played by real life children, which adds an authentic touch, and young Russell's transformation into a monster is guaranteed to delight young and old alike. Reminiscent of classic radio drama, this magical audiobook is even better because it contains the full, unabridged text. Special Feature: An exclusive afterword with author Bruce Coville, who talks about how he first got the idea for the Magic Shop books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 7
  • Series: Magic Shop Book (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152064427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152064426
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
When you are alone do you ever think about monsters? Well if not then after you read this book you will. You will because of the monsters ring. The ring works like this: Step 1: You twist it once around and you get fangs as teeth in your mouth. When you twist it twice, which is step 2, you get horned and hairy. Then step 3: You twist the ring three times, but no person has dared.

In this book a kid named Russell is going to a Halloween party and he needed the perfect costume for it. I can make a text to world connection by saying every one had to go to get a costume. So he went all around town looking for the perfect costume but no store had one. So he went to the magic store and the clerk gave him a box with a ring in it and it was the monsters ring.

I personally think that the ring made him a horrible person and as the story went so did his attitude. The Monsters Ring is a flawless and very scary book. And also very interesting.

I would really recommend this book to lots of kids that like scary books and movies and to kids wirth the age of 10-13.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 1998
Format: Turtleback
This book is great for every child that has a love for magic and a good imigination for fantasy. It touches the topic of school bullies and how to take care of them! I am using this book as part of my literature reading in my class for the month of October. I recommend that all children put on their magic rings and begin to read The Monster's Ring.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is a fine addition to the Magic Shop series. As usual we have a magic item that may or may not help a middle school kid with his or her problem. Here, the problem is bullying, and while lots of book address that problem, they do so with wildly varying degrees of success. This one takes a turn toward standing up for yourself, which is OK by me. Again as in all of the Magic Shop books there are other issues as well - babying by Mom, poor communication with Dad, not paying attention to instructions and warnings. This all sounds pretty preachy, but it isn't. It just acknowledges that from the point of view of middle school drama, these are the kinds of things that come up.

The hero is believable and sympathetic. There are some funny bits with secondary characters. All in all a quick but satisfying read with some excitement, some mild instruction, and a sense of humor. Not bad.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I would recommend this book for boys of all ages. I thought this book was a great book, and it was very descriptive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 1998
Format: Turtleback
Russell was being tormented by Eddie when he finds himself lost in tiny Kennituck Falls. He sees a sign for a magic shop and enters. Inside he meets a strange old man and is sold a monster's ring. The ring comes with a spell that can change the wearer into a monster. Russell tries it and grows horns and fur. It seems to change his personality. He didn't heed the warning that the strange old man told him and changed to a monster in the full moon and can't get the ring to change him back!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Monster's Ring is really exiting to read.As soon as something good starts to happen something better begins.This book would've been better if Bruce Coville had changed when "Russel" attacks his school.Then I would've given five stars!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
This was one of the first books my son in second grade read on his own. He was quickly hooked on reading! A book like this that can challenge a 7 year old boy and draw him into a magical world where he is excited about reading deserves 5 stars. The plot is solid and not so predictable as many early reading series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill Vanderwood on July 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The Monster Ring
By Bruce Coville

What boy wouldn't want to be a monster, and teach a bully a lesson?

Russell is being teased and tormented daily by Eddie. While running away from the bully, he steps into a magic shop. Russell is eying a ring with the picture of a monster. The shop owner asks, "What do you need?" Russell isn't sure what the shop owner means, but when Russell asks how much the ring will cost, the shop owner asks, "How much do you have?"

Russell buys the ring with his pocket change. He is told to pay careful attention to the directions.

When Russell twists the ring and chants the verse on the directions, he begins to change. Russell sprouts hair and horns. "Twist it once, you're horned and haired. Twist it twice, and fangs are bared. Twist it thrice--no one has dared."

The monster ring has changed Russell so much, even his voice has changed. At last he can face the bully, without being afraid. Will Russell remember that all magic has rules, or will it be too late for him to turn the magic back?

Jill Ammon Vanderwood
Author: Through the Rug
Through The Rug: Follow That Dog (Through the Rug)
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