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Jennifer Murdley’s Toad

About the Story…

“I do have one toad—only one—that I can let you have for a somewhat lower price,” Mr. Elives said.

Jennifer Scowled. “What’s wrong with it?”

“Ther is nothing wrong with him. He simply does not suit my needs. He will however, provide you with a great deal of—amusement. It may, indeed, be a perfect match.”

Something about the way the old man said this struck Jennifer as odd. She had an uneasy feeling that he was making fun of her. Yet there was no trace of a smile on his face.

“What do you mean?” she asked.

The old man shrugged. “No one comes into this shop by accident,” he said, as if that explained things.


Jennifer Murdley had no idea what she was getting into the day she bought the big toad from the strange man who ran Elives’ Magic Shop. The thing didn’t even start talking to her until she had it out of the shop.

And once the toad did start to talk, it still kept a lot of secrets. So Jennifer didn’t find out about his strange birth… or the treasure hidden in his forehead… or the witch who was out to get him… until she and her friends were in more trouble than they ever dreamed of!


Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher

About the Story…

“She was just a little dragon… until she grew, and grew and grew… “

The adventure begins…

If Howard Morton and Freddie the Frog Killer were trying to hold you down so that Mary Lou Hutton could kiss you, you might run as fast as Jeremy Thatcher did the day he stumbled into Mr. Elives’ Magic Shop.

And if you stumbled into that strange shop, you, too might be asked to make a choice. What would you buy? The Chinese rings? The Skull of Truth? Or the dragon’s egg?

And if you did buy the dragon’s egg, what would you do when you found out you were supposed to hatch it?

“A funny, enjoyable, imaginative story…”—Kirkus


Juliet Dove, Queen of Love

About the Story…

Rats! Juliet Dove's worst nightmare is about to come true: People are going to start noticing her.

For anyone else, that'd be no big deal, but Juliet Dove isn't like anyone else. Whenever she's teased, shy Juliet defends herself… by saying the sorts of mean things that should never be said.

It is Juliet's vicious mouth that sends her fleeing to Mr. Elives' magic shop, but it is her tender heart that causes her to leave with a beautiful amulet. The ancient bauble casts a powerful spell on every boy she meets: each falls hopelessly in love with her. Worse still, Juliet can't take the amulet off… and its power seems to be increasing.

A sidesplittingly funny, heartbreaking whirlwind of a novel about the high cost of loving—and the courage it takes to speak from the heart.


The Monster’s Ring

About the Story…

It all starts when Russell Crannaker buys a “monster’s ring” from weird old Mr. Elives. Russell is sure the ring is just a silly magic trick—but he follows the instructions anyway, and slips it on his finger. Then he whispers the magic chant, twists the ring once, and suddenly he’s sprouting horns! Hair covers his face and hands. Russell has become… a monster!

Russell quickly learns how to change back and forth from human to monster. But he hasn’t paid enough attention to the instructions, and when he puts on the ring on the right of a full moon, and twists it three times, Russell realizes he’s gone too far… A monster is loose in Kennituck Falls.

*Winner of the IRA Children’s Choice and the South Carolina Children’s Book Award


The Skull of Truth

About the Story…

When Charlie Eggleston stumbles into Mr. Elive’s mysterious magic shop, he’s just looking for a phone so he can call his parents.

What he finds is a wise-cracking skull that leads him into the adventure of a lifetime. Along the way, Charlie will learn some unexpected lessons about truth, love friendship, and bad haircuts.

And what he finds at the end of his journey, not even the Skull of Truth could have anticipated.

“Best Book of the Year”—A School Library Journal