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Rufus and Magic Run Amok

When ten-year-old Rufus discovers that he has magical powers like his mother and grandmother, he learns that being a wizard is not quite what he expected.

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Praise for Rufus and Magic Run Amok:

Who wouldn't want to have some magical powers? Ten year old Rufus is not thrilled to discover he has inherited some bewitching gifts like those of all his maternal relatives who are practicing, responsible witches. With humor and tight plotting, Levinson shows us the downside of magic whether it's in Rufus's relationships with friends or foes. Who wouldn't want to be able to best a bully? Thought provoking, humorous and a compelling read! Readers will want to find out what happens next even as the book ends!

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And Don't Bring Jeremy

Sixth-grader Adam Krasner wishes every family decision wasn’t based on his brother Jeremy and Jeremy’s problems. The Krasners have even moved to a new town because it has a great school system for kids with disabilities. If only Jeremy didn’t always act so goofy. And if only their mother didn’t insist that both brothers be placed on the same Little League team, especially since Jeremy couldn’t catch a fly ball if his life depended on it.

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Praise for And Don't Bring Jeremy:

Five out of five stars. The story is entertaining and flows well. The dialogue is realistic and timeless. The lesson is fantastic and unfolds throughout the story so that the reader will not feel like they are being hit over the head with it. The characters are great and trust me when I say you will end up rooting for all the characters, even Eddie Gordon (everyone has known an Eddie, I think). My recommendation is to buy this book, especially if you have young boys that might be reluctant readers. I can't wait to read the next book from Ms. Levinson. I just need to decide if I am going to read No Boys Allowed or Rufus and Magic Run Amok.

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No Boys Allowed

Cassie's dad moved away, her best friend Bobby is driving her nuts, and her great uncle Harry has invaded her house. It's time to boycott boys!

When her dad moves away to marry another woman, Cassie Landauer decides that there will be no boys allowed in her house --- or her life. Not even her best friend, Bobby! But then her mom invites Great Uncle Harry to stay with them for a few months. That's the last straw.

Great Uncle Harry takes over Cassie's bedroom, treats her like a little kid, and is always around the house. Cassie is sick and tired of it! But how can she boycott boys when one of them is living in her home? 

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Praise for No Boys Allowed:

When eleven-year-old Cassie's father divorces her mother, remarries and moves away, Cassie decides men (and boys) are all unreliable, and that she wants nothing to do with them. She tries to create an insulated world with "no boys allowed," but the real world intrudes when her older sister goes gaga over a new boyfriend, her mother wants to start dating again, and an old uncle moves in with the family, forcing Cassie to give up her room and share with her sister.

Cassie is a well-developed character burdened by all the misconceptions and doubts that pre-teens suffer, but also with an independent spirit and an understanding of life that we often forget children possess. This is a sweet, funny and poignant story of family breakup and rebuilding from a young daughter's point of view. Of course, Cassie will come to terms with her distrust of boys, but there are plenty of hurdles along the way. I really enjoyed this book and recommend for readers from 9 to 90!

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Getting Back to Normal

Sixth-grader Vannie Taylor’s mom has just died. Her father, completely lost without his wife, brings Vannie and her younger brother to live in a dismal cottage on the estate where he manages craft fairs, dinners, and other events. When strange events start happening around the estate, Vannie decides to investigate, and soon discovers a ghost who wants her to help him make amends for something in his past. Vannie’s life is starting to get back to normal, but in a way she’s never imagined.

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Praise for Getting Back to Normal:

GETTING BACK TO NORMAL is a charming story about an 12-year-old girl dealing with loss, changes and a ghost.

Vanessa `Vannie' Taylor is dealing with the loss of her mother as she cares for her younger brother, Robby. Dealing with his own grief, Vannie's father moves his family out of their home and into a tiny cottage on the estate where he is the director of Merrymount Gardens. The move is made a bit easier by her Aunt Mayda, who really isn't an aunt but her late mother's best friend. Mayda owns Merrymount Gardens, but lives in the city where she's a lawyer.

To Vannie's surprise, she encounters Archibald `Archie' Heatherton, the estate's resident ghost and Mayda's grandfather. After helping Vannie with a problem or two, Archie ask for her help in return. He wants her to help him make amends for something that happened with his death. While she'd like to help Archie, if she does it will mean a drastic change in Vannie's life. Longing for life to get back to normal, Vannie learns normal may not be what she expected.

Author Marilyn Levinson has taken a story that deals with the death of a parent, added hope and mixed in a bit of humor for a well-balanced tale. Her characters are well-developed, likable and realistic. She blends the stress of family life with a touch of paranormal for a light-hearted tale that will have you smiling.

GETTING BACK TO NORMAL is a quick read that flows smoothly with a surprise or two along the way.

Mason Canyon

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The Devil's Pawn

After fifteen-year-old Simon Porte's family is killed in an automobile crash, his father's brother, whom he's never met, brings Simon to live with him and his wife in upstate New York. Simon doesn't trust Uncle Raymond, and for good reason. Raymond is dying and using his diabolical powers to take over Simon's body. Simon must develop his own supernatural defenses to survive. With his dotty great-aunt, his young sister, and a pair of odd twins, he wages war against the evil Raymond and his cronies.

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Praise for The Devil's Pawn:

This is a Young Adult (YA) horror story, brilliantly told with suspense on every page. It's the kind of book that one cannot put down until finished. Although written for a young audience, adults can become immersed in the suspense also.The story is told with such dexterity that the reader is caught up in the young hero's struggle to outdo and overcome an evil uncle.

Tricia Lee