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Summary: Their adventures to Rairarubia over, Molly's and Netty's lives were returning to normal. Molly decided to check her pouch of special stones one last time, only to discover they were gone. Netty dropped by and, while she was there, a message requesting the return of the ring that Herman had given to Molly’s mom be returned. No Magic Stones. No Rairarubia. Just a mysterious message. The ring has to be returned but to whom? Where? How? Netty is freaking out! Molly’s curiosity is piqued. This is a fantasy adventure series with a teenage girl as the protagonist/heroine.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, middle grade reader, advanced reader
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 11 and up
Young Reader Reaction: Ring From Rairarubia is another novel which demonstrates the exceptional writing skills of the author. It has a very cleverly crafted plot, with many unexpected twists and turns. This constantly changes the expectations of the reader and not only creates suspense, but captivates the reader’s interest. The characters are realistic, dynamic, and have several dimensions which young readers can relate to. Rich descriptions in the text add to the quality of the plot, the well-roundedness of the characters, suspense, and mood of this skillfully written fantasy tale.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is book five in this series where each story ends with provocative question, the answer to which is “left up-in-the-air.” The technique is subtle but as soon as the reader turns to the first page of the next book, they are immediately engaged in a new adventure with Molly and her friends.
Pros: Like all of the stories in the series, Ring From Rairarubiaintroduces the reader to new challenges, new villains, and zany new friends. Still, old friends from earlier stories are not forgotten and drop in, too.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a great addition for the personal bookshelf of any 8-12 year old. School librarians should also add this to their collections.
Educational Themes: The series weaves in and reinforces several themes: the importance of friendship; appreciating opposing points of view; and the value of creative problem solving.
Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, adventure, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: September 2005
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