M.L. Roble
The Magician's Doll
January 27, 2019 Comments.. 950
The Magician s Doll Alternate cover for ISBN Twelve year old Natalie has a lot to handle this school year what with the bullies and the sudden development of her rather unusual abilities But a circus is app

  • Title: The Magician's Doll
  • Author: M.L. Roble
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alternate cover for ISBN 9780988421318Twelve year old Natalie has a lot to handle this school year, what with the bullies and the sudden development of her rather unusual abilities But a circus is approaching, a storm is brewing, and with them comes the arrival of Beausoleil the Magician, his daughter, Louisa, his mysterious doll, and Natalie s biggest challenge yet

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    1. Renee says:

      The Magician’s Doll is a riveting, suspenseful thriller centred around a teenaged girl, Natalie, who like others in her town, has special “gifts”. Natalie’s life is turned upside-down when the circus rolls into town and the great magician, Beausoleil, dazzles the crowd with a stunning magic trick: bringing a doll to life. A dark storm threatens the town as Natalie’s visions get stronger and she learns that her family, and that of her friend Phillip, are in grave danger. The key to thei [...]

    2. Rhonda says:

      4 STARS In my mind the doll is so much better than the cover picture. I liked some of the twists and turns the book took me. I guessed a few of them but so many were a surprise to me. The Magician's Doll takes you on a fun, dramatic, adventure. With a paranormal side to it and the fun of a circus visit. There are characters that you fall for and others you hate. There are bullies, heroes, protective characters and evil characters. Natalie is one of the main characters. She is a twelve year old g [...]

    3. Linda says:

      I usually don't like fantasy books, but I was given this book as a gift. I must say that I really enjoyed it. The book had an interesting storyline with characters whom I enjoyed. I wanted to know more at the end of the book which I figure is always a sign of a good read!

    4. Pop Bop says:

      Something Remarkable This Way ComesWhen it comes to gothic carnivals for tween readers I believe the absolute gold standard is Ray Bradbury's 1962 masterpiece, "Something Wicked This Way Comes". Considered by many to be Bradbury's most sustained, complex and effective "dark October" style work, it tells the stories of James Nightshade and William Halloway, both age 13, and how they react when they realize that the dark sides of their secret wishes can be granted by the terrifying ringmaster of t [...]

    5. Melanie says:

      This book drew me in from the very beginning and didn't let up the entire time. Natalie is 12 years old and trying to fit in but she just doesn't. She's embarrassed by her mother's "psychic" abilities and gets bullied and made fun of because of it. Her mother's best friend, Janet, has a son Phillip who is Natalie's age. They find out the circus is coming to town and they all go together. Natalie and Phillip aren't prepared for what happens next and their worlds are changed forever. I like Natali [...]

    6. Sandra Stiles says:

      When I first read the synopsis and then started reading the book I was reminded of the Ray Bradbury Book and Movie "Something Wicked This Way Comes". It was always one of my favorites. I wondered if maybe this would be too intense for my sixth graders. Every year my students are different. Some more mature than others. I had no reason to worry. When the first student turned the book back in and declared it was "Just Right", I knew I had a winner for my shelves. He told me if you like to read mys [...]

    7. Ian Wood says:

      This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's novels reviewed on the blog will generally have some images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.Note that I don't really do stars. To me a novel is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate a nove [...]

    8. Vicky says:

      There are many series that deal with groups of people who have special abilities that the rest of us lack. This series approaches it in a way I haven’t encountered before. The abilities vary from person to person, and they extend from the standard clairvoyance/telepathy/telekinesis/precognition vein. Some of the abilities Robles gives his characters are fascinating, such as the ability to have whatever you need by simply drawing it and pulling it out of your picture. (Too bad I can’t draw.)T [...]

    9. Elizabeth Moffat says:

      I was contacted by the author of this children's book aimed at middle-grade readers and asked if I would like a copy in exchange for an honest review. Of course I'm always happy to give any book a chance and support independent authors and it's at times like these that I really love being a blogger and having these opportunities, because I think this book is something really special and deserves all the publicity it can get.The story revolves around two main characters, Natalie and Phillip who h [...]

    10. Jamais says:

      Weird; I usually try to avoid Mary Sue stories. In a land where people with power are forced to hide in order to avoid a fate worse than death, Natalie finds the //The Magician’s Doll//. Natalie is finding that her own powers are coming into their own, and that she is one of the next to be targeted. She needs to quickly find out how to control her powers quickly or she could lose the family that she has just found out was all around her. She faces a worse fate than the others as the malevolent [...]

    11. M.L. Roble says:

      From the San Francisco Book Review:Star rating: 5 out of 5The story of exceptional and gifted beings secretly living among us is timeless; this exhilarating book is an impressive treatment of that classic storyline. The writing is fast and clear, with a well-developed plot and perfect buildup of action and suspense. Interim breathers allow character development and some time for relationships to build, between Natalie and her mother, Natalie and Phillip, and Natalie and her new friend Louisa. Vi [...]

    12. Susan says:

      A doll owned by a magician? Intrigued, I started reading and found myself learning about a 12 year old girl called Natalie. Natalie's friend, Philip, bullied only makes Natalie mad. Phillip's father has disappeared. Natalie is being surprised by "gifts"appearing that she knew nothing about. Before school starts, Natalie and Phillip with their mothers go to the carnival. They are thrilled going from one attraction to the next. The last act they go to is Beausoleil the magician. His assistant is w [...]

    13. Literary Classics Book Awards & Reviews says:

      Having a psychic for a mother is not really something twelve year old Natalie wishes to advertise. The neighbor ruffians tease her, and close friends are few and far between. As uncomfortable as Natalie is with her mother’s unconventional behavior, it’s only natural that she would find it vexing when she begins “seeing” things herself.Natalie’s life takes an interesting turn when Phillip, the shy neighbor boy, starts hanging around. When they find themselves at a magician’s performan [...]

    14. Nikki Bennett says:

      "The Magician's Doll" has a very interesting concept, an intriguing set of characters, a despicable and quite scary bad guy, and some gripping action. It also is a bit slow and drawn out in places, although the story is strong enough to get you through those parts. There are some pretty uncomfortable torture scenes in the book--not graphic but scary, Roble does a good job of conveying a sense of helplessness and despair in the characters and the very prominent evilness of the main bad guy, and t [...]

    15. Sally Spratt says:

      I was very pleased to be asked to read and review M.L. Roble's middle grade novel, "The Magician's Doll". To be honest, by looking at the cover, I didn't really know what to expect, other than a story about a doll. But after the first few paragraphs, I was hooked into the mysterious life of Natalie Bristol.The story has less to do with the doll, and more to do with Natalie and the strange things that begin happening to her. Things get weird when she's hanging out with a friend, Phillip and even [...]

    16. Sam says:

      I was so touched when I was contacted to review this book (that being said, it has not influenced my opinion of the book at all, while middle grade isn’t usually something that I read, I may have spoken too soon. I found that this book to be right up my alley! I quick and well done read, my attention was held by the lives of these two young teens as they were put into situations that many of us would never imagine.Roble’s characters were unique and very interesting. Our main character was tw [...]

    17. Melanie Thompson says:

      Natalie is mortified when her mother opens shop as a psychic. If only Natalie could get a job so her mom wouldn't have to use her gifts and make Natalie a mockery at her school. Teased and tormented, Natalie's only friend is Phillip. When a circus comes to town strange events begin happening, Natalie begins to experience her own talents, and her mother seems to be keeping secrets. Who is behind the ominous storms sweeping the country? Why does it seem that Natalie's mother, Phillip's mother and [...]

    18. Dawn says:

      I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.I really enjoyed The Magician’s Doll. It’s the story of Natalie and Phillip who have been friends all of their lives and they find out that they are different from most of us. They both have always felt like they are different but Natalie is finding it difficult to accept. Phillip, on the other hand, is excited about it. They have both had to deal with a lot in their young lives but it’s nothing compared to what they have to deal wi [...]

    19. Kiran Acharya says:

      The magician's Doll is a riveting tale of 12 year old Natalie who like any other 12 year old wants to blend in. But her mother is a psychic which makes her target of the bullies, And she herself isn't normal either. The novel grabbed my attention from start to finish (not including the prologue). The magician's Doll would delight the kids with magic, suspense, and charming description.Read the complete review at Book Review: The Magician’s Doll* I received a review copy of the book from the Pu [...]

    20. Tanya Grech Welden says:

      I did not finish this book. I read approximately 25%. What I read failed to inspire me. The story progressed rather slowly, too slowly I fear for the intended audience. The dialogue felt awkward and stilted and consequently there was a certain in-authenticity to the development of the characters. At times I did feel that the narration of the story may have been a little telly.I have no idea where the story was going (when I left it) this could be a good thing except I felt no real motivation to [...]

    21. Veronica says:

      i received this book for free through First Reads. I did like this book. The story was entertaining and kept me reading. I was less than impressed with the actual writing though. She talked about people hiding their heads in the sand probably a dozen times, including twice alone on the back cover. That being said, I still would like to read the sequel because I do want to see where the characters end up.

    22. Athira Mohan says:

      The book makes a great reading and stands out from the bulk of other books dealing with fantasy and magic, the genre being the pick of the season.The plot gets revealed in an interesting fashion and the element of suspense is pervasive.The major flaw, in my opinion seemed to be certain repetitive areas like the mood swings of the principal characters, for instance. Nevertheless, the book is a good one.

    23. Maria says:

      A really enthralling reading, a fantastical adventure with lovable characters. I received a copy from netgalley for my honest review

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