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The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball by Risa Green
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Dec 17, 10

bookshelves: act, ya, for-review, 2010, fantasy, reviewed
Read from December 12 to 16, 2010, read count: 1

Be careful what you wish for ... you may get it. Erin really wants to go on a class trip to Italy, but she doesn't know what to write about for her application essay. Only five students will be picked so it has to be a really good essay. She thinks that she is boring. She's talking about the trip with her two best friends, Lindsay and Samantha, while in another room, her mother gets a call telling her that her sister (Erin's Aunt Kiki) has died. Erin receives a pink crystal ball that had been her aunt's. The rules for its use aren't the clearest so there is some trial and error. The results definitely make Erin's life more interesting.

I really enjoyed this story of teenage difficulties. The three girls have typical teenage problems like being picked on by a mean girl or not being able to get a guy they like to notice them. The addition of the pink crystal ball stirs things up more as they try to use it to fix their problems. They learn and grow from their experiences.

All of the characters seem like real, normal people. There are mean kids and smart kids and nice teachers and so on. Even the pink crystal ball does its magic in subtle ways not a big flash of magic. The normality of everything else makes it easy to believe in the pink crystal ball while reading the book. Everything just fits together so well in the story that it's not a stretch to believe in the magic.

I'd recommend this book to anyone that enjoys young adult novels. It is a well told story of tenth grade troubles with just a bit of magic thrown in.

Book provided for review by Planned Television Arts.

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