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Gr 7-10–Logical and practical, high school sophomore Erin Channing is focused on keeping her spot atop the GPA list and earning a trip to Italy with her AP Art History teacher. However, she is worried that she won't be chosen because she has “the most boring, normal, regular life ever.” All that is irrevocably changed when the aunt she hasn't heard from in years dies suddenly, leaving the teen a pink crystal ball and a set of cryptic instructions. Erin figures the object is one last example of “Aunt Kooky's” infamous eccentricity, but even she can't deny that it is more than coincidence when the ball's predictions begin to come true. Events ebook out of control as, at the prodding of her best friends and despite her better judgment, she uses the crystal ball without fully understanding its powers. Green's novel has a touch of romance but is rooted in Erin's relationship with her best friends, Lindsay and Samantha. It has some similar elements to Maureen Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes (HarperCollins, 2005)–both feature teens set on a path of self-discovery due to the bequest of a recently deceased aunt. Though some of the supporting characters are underdeveloped, readers will respond to Erin's growth and understanding, and her decision to control her own destiny.–Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, ILα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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With its talk of mean girls, cyberbullying, and hot male bodies, Green’s first YA novel seems a far cry from other magic-gone-wrong books, such as those by Edward Eager, but it has its sunny side: the narrating protagonist is a great student who tries to do good—or at least no harm—with the wish-granting crystal ball she has been bequeathed. The story begins with Erin and her two best friends complaining about their imperfect lives, but they are soon interrupted by the news that Erin’s aunt has been killed by lightning. Unbeknownst to her parents, Erin is given her aunt’s crystal ball along with cryptic instructions. As Erin figures out how to use it, diverting complications ensue between the pals, the boys they like, and two unfriendly students. Green develops the relationships well and with lively dialogue. Aided by her cohorts, an appealing love interest, and the crystal ball, Erin learns how to think, as she keeps saying, outside of the box. At book’s end, Erin passes the magic to one of her best friends—our crystal ball says sequel. Grades 8-11. --Abby Nolan
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Product Details

  • Series: Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire; 1 edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402241062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402241062
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,854,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book for my daughter and she simply love this book.She said "I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in a girl that was given a pink crystal ball and uses it to make her wishes come true." BEST BOOK EVER
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Erin's aunt dies, leaving her a box to be opened alone. Inside the box rests a pink crystal ball with a set of instructions.

Erin's two best friends, Lindsay and Samantha, think the crystal ball might be the key to unlocking their secret wishes. Erin isn't convinced. She doesn't think outside the box - much.

Erin's also trying to convince her used-to-be friend that she's not boring. Against the odds, they're partners for an art project. Erin can't help remembering the one time they made out while playing "Seven Minutes in Heaven" two years ago. While Jesse's a little different, he's still a hottie. He doesn't seem to remember that night. He also doesn't seem to remember they used to be friends. Working on this project together might bring up old times and maybe something more. Could he be the key to her letting go, just a little?

Plus, she's trying to write an essay for a chance to win a trip to Italy. She has to write about her life experiences. Unfortunately, because she rarely strays from the box, she can't think of anything important to write about.

Her friends are still pushing her about the crystal ball, but Erin's trying to figure out the instructions. Lindsey and Samantha force her into asking it questions: Does the hottest boy in school think she's smexy? Will her English teacher say her paper was well-researched and insightful? As the questions get tougher, so do the outcomes. Is the ball wreaking havoc on her life?

I really enjoyed reading this book. I love how Erin usually lives inside the box, but must make her way out of her comfort zone courtesy of a pink crystal ball. She must take risks and enjoy the consequences. Erin deals with friendship drama, bullies, school work, and a potential boyfriend all while navigating through life.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
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Erin Channing desperately wants to be one of the students in her high school who is chosen to study art in Italy over the summer and with her GPA she thinks she has a pretty good chance. Still, she's trying to make sure she does nothing to jeopardize her chances of going. All of that changes, however, when her favorite Aunt, Kiki, dies and leaves her a pink crystal ball and a cryptic set of instructions. The crystal ball seems to be able to predict the future and soon the lives of Erin and her friends Lindsay and Samantha are changed - forever.

"The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball" is a delightful book for young adults. It is almost as if author Risa Green put several ingredients - high school life, best friends, crushes, teenage angst, bullying, sadness, magic, riddles, art, and more - into a magic 8-ball, err, a pink crystal ball, shook it up, reached in, and came up with a book that is fun to read from start to finish. The book is written in the first person from Erin's point of view and Green does a great job with Erin's character - she tends to think inside the box, has a crush on Jesse Cooper, gets very good grades in school, is a loyal friend, and really wants to go to Italy. Green does an equally good job with Lindsay who is bullied because of something she did years ago and who thinks she can find a way to beat the bullying by shopping at Ye Olde Metaphysical Shoppe. Samantha is the daughter of rich parents, a bit blasé, but insecure in her looks even though she is beautiful. While some of Aunt Kiki's friends seem stereotypical, by the end of the book she and her best friend Roni are anything but stereotypical.
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Ever wish that your life was more exciting? Think that nothing exciting ever happens to you? That's what is going on in Erin's life. She's interested in a study abroad trip to Italy but in her application she's required to write an essay about her life. She feels that she can't write an essay that will make her application stand out because there's nothing that goes on her in her life. Then the news comes that her favorite but eccentric aunt has died. Erin is left with a pink crystal ball. The ball seems normal, like a Magic 8 ball. However, this isn't just a toy to play with. This is something else that changes Erin's life forever.

This story was a fun twist on the genie in a bottle giving three wishes story. The old adage be careful what you wish for really comes true here. Erin's friends seem to take the pink crystal ball more seriously than Erin does. And because of that, their wishes not only backfire on them, but they come back to haunt them in a worse way. Erin is more worried about what is happening in her real life and pondering why her aunt didn't tell her about this gift that was left to her. The friends all have good chemistry together and Erin's rationalism keeps the trio from going off into craziness.

What I really enjoy about this book is that even with the "magic" that's in the book, most teen girls will be able to relate to the story. Erin and her friends are realistic and fun to hang around yet they share the same insecurities and worries that the average teen girl goes through. There's also a good bit about the importance of family weaved throughout the story. Erin is close to her parents and was also close to her aunt. Overall, this was a fun read and I had a blast reading it. I don't think this book is set up to be a series but if there are additional books featuring the girls or the Pink Crystal Ball, I'd love to read them. A fun YA book that girls everywhere will enjoy.
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