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Jinnie Wishmaker (Magic Mayhem) Paperback – April 22, 2016
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I loved this story! It was humorous, filled with magic, and it was on spot for the kids of 9-11 years of age. Jinnie's story was a very good start for the series!
-- Me and Reading
This book is intended for middle graders, but I read it and enjoyed it myself. This book had enough supernatural and suspense to keep both the pre teen reader and adult entertained.
-- Amy's Book World
The unique group of people who made up The Troubled Tweens was interesting and I can't wait to see what happens to them next.
-- It's Raining Books --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Deanna Roy is the six-time USA Today bestselling author of adult fiction. Magic Mayhem is her first series for middle grade readers.
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My second grade daughter also read the book and loved it. It is now her favorite, over Junie B and Magic Treehouse. She said her favorite part was when Jinnie learned she could grant wishes. She's now reading the second book in the series, Marcus Mender.
I really enjoyed this book. It's a super-cute, read-in-an-afternoon kind of story full of magic, family and friendship.
Although the magical elements are strong, the story is so much more than just another "I just discovered that I have magical powers" book. Jinnie is dealing with some real issues - more than the development of her powers. She's dealing with family issues, a new school, and new friends. Even without the fun, magical elements, this would be a great story. I especially loved the relationship between Jinnie and her brother, Bryan, and the way they work so well together. Even though Bryan isn't magical, and isn't part of the Troubled Tweens group, Jinnie and her friends need his help to win the fight against the Loki.
(I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for my honest review.)
This starts out with Jinnie and her brother Bryan are going to runaway from their Grandmas home. Their parents are missing in South America. Their Uncle and Aunt want them to come live with them in their big house. They want to find their parents but know they cant do that. They are got and their Grandma takes away their shoes.
Jinnie and Bryan are kind of out of their element. So are their aunt and Uncle. They want to be good for jinnie and Bryan.
Bryan is smart and makes lots of gadgets that work sort of Like James Bond' Q. Jinnie starts to notice that she is understanding animals wishes.
She gets into a fight and has to try Troubled Teems group and finds out they all have talents. The world for them is really starts to change.
It is a fun, quick read. Where the children are the ones trying to figure out the problems and the answers to the problems.
The next book Marcus Mender sounds good to. It is a series that all ages could read and enjoy. Be careful what you wish for the way you receive your wish might not be the answer you want. It has some good life lessons in it too.
I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it when finished by NetGalley and Casey Shay Press.
06/01/2012 PUB Casey Shay Press ISBN 9781938150043 196 pages
What should a book for youngsters do? Entertain? Teach? Promote values and principles that encourage rapidly changing personalities to embrace values other than those of an increasingly narcissistic society and culture? I suggest that all of the above represent positive ingredients, and Jinnie Wishmaker has them.
The story begins with a traumatic event that jeopardizes a child's most elementary need, to be grounded in a safe, secure, and loving environment. Although Jinnie's aunt and uncle are family, they serve as poor substitutes for her parents, who have gone missing in a foreign country.
Think for a moment what it would be like to be Jinnie's age, lose your parents, be removed from your home, and immediately be shoved into advanced reading classes at your new school by an aunt who is clueless about your dyslexia. And with no friends, surrounded by strangers primed to ridicule any perceived inability to keep up with the crowd, suddenly you learn of a special gift that can only isolate you even more.
At first, it happens accidentally. Talk about being out of control, and lost, and not knowing where you fit in your universe. A deer in trouble giving birth asks her to grant a wish, the gift of life to a fawn. Another wish results in the rescue of a duckling. Then Jinnie realizes that her exceptional power extends to people.
The first time it happens is all about personal gratification, a friend's desire for ice cream. Why not? What can it hurt? Jinnie finds out quickly enough when Marcus gets violently ill after eating it. Maybe special gifts should be used only for special reasons, and the ability to alter the lives of others carries a deeper responsibility.
But that's not all. Jinnie soon discovers "sisters in magic." Maddy can make people burst into anger, but fortunately for the Troubled Tweens, Grace can calm them. And while this story thread centers around the lives and activities of youngsters, Jinnie's relationship with her uncle involves far more significant issues.
He is one of those land developers whose unbridled greed sees only the profit to be made while ignoring the devastation caused by their rush for the dollar. Her uncle buys an old house right across the street to level it and cut down all the beautiful trees to make room for a hideous McMansion. The blight on the land is bad enough, but the potential destruction of wildlife habitat involves Jinnie's gift when a mother bird shows Jinnie her nest of fledglings. They will never get the chance to take flight for a life of their own unless Jinnie intervenes.
And so arrives the opportunity for Jinnie to use her gift in a totally unselfish way. In league with her brother Bryan, she sets out to change her uncle's attitude by chaining them both to the nesting tree. She even manages to enlist the help of her very formal and fussy aunt, who ends up climbing the tree on the morning the baby birds prepare for their first flight into a life of freedom and independence.
Jinnie is still struggling with what her powers really mean and how best to use them when Bryan makes the ultimate wish: can she bring their parents home?
This is a wonderful story with a combination of deeper themes that carry a positive message. If you have children of the appropriate age, I encourage you to consider Jinnie Wishmaker well worth the cost of admission into the life of a young protagonist seeking her own identity and still able to place the welfare of others above that of her own.
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