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Grades 4 - 8Grades 2 - 5R3.914266
Bruce Coville's The Monster's Ring did more than launch his career as a children's novelist, it also introduced readers to the world of Mr. Elives' Magic Shop, where boys hatch dragons, toads talk, skulls spout Shakespeare, and the heroes and heroines of Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher, Jennifer Murdley's Toad, The Skull of Truth, and next year's Juliet Dove, Queen of Love find enchantment, adventure, and insight. Now available in twentieth anniversary editions, each of these modern classics has been given a new afterword by the author and stunning new jacket art by Tony DiTerlizzi.

Twist it once, you're horned and haired;
Twist it twice and fangs are bared;
Twist it thrice? No one has dared!
Russell is sure that the ring is just a silly magic trick, but he follows the instructions and twists the ring twice anyway--and becomes a monster!

• ABA's Pick of the Lists
• Children's Choice Award Nominee (in four states)
• IRA Children's Choice
Paperback, 128 pages
Published on October 1, 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0152064427
ISBN-13: 9780152064426
4 Book Reviews
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  • beauFriday, December 2, 2016 at 7:18 am
    this book is great
    • lionsrcute1
      lionsrcute1Monday, February 10, 2014 at 2:17 pm55 starsFeatured
      Hey guys! So in this book, it is very short, but it was an very entertaining book for me. Anyways, this is the review. Russell, the main character is bullied a lot. One day, he somehow goes into an shop, and the owner gives him a ring, with a monster carved into it. It came with instructions on how to turn into a monster. Not believing it, he tries, and is horrified to find that he became an hairy, ugly creature. As he gets more used to the ring, he starts twisting it more times... but the ring is part of him now.. He became more fearless to the bullies bulling him, and he was always tempted to twist it. When he goes too far, will he learn how to go back? You really should read it. If you like my reviews, please like of follow me. :D
      • jz123
        jz123Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 4:27 pm44 stars
        This was a great book with a lot of suspence, action, and adventure.
        • lillianna765
          lillianna765Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 5:19 pm55 stars
          This is so easy to read, and it takes me, like, 30 minutes to read it. I'm really not kidding.