About the Book
Title: From the Magical Mind of Mindy Munson | Author: Nikki Bennett | Publication Date: June 26, 2014 | Publisher: Firedrake Books, LLC | Pages: 116 | Recommended Ages: 7 to 12
Summary: Every house has a history. This House has a mystery.
When the orphaned Munson kids move with their aunt to The House, Mindy Munson discovers strange creatures living there already. Ghosts. Dragons. Leprechauns. And a scary Thing lurking in the basement.
Mindy’s older sister Susie is determined to find out where these creatures came from and why they’re living in the Munson’s house. With the help of the next-door neighbors and an old lady named Mrs. Wemberley, Susie, Mindy and their brothers unravel The House’s amazing secrets. And along the way, they discover some incredible secrets about themselves.
Excerpts and Links to Reviews of “From the Magical Mind of Mindy Munsen”
From the Magical Mind of Mindy Munson received 28 new reviews on Amazon, 25 new reviews on Goodreads and 19 bloggers posted reviews to their websites through this Book Review Blitz.
Book Reviews and Giveaways: “My son (9) says he really liked reading this book. His favorite parts where making everyone say the word “what” which he loves doing to us as well. He likes the humor and agrees with the lesson about moving on. We would both recommend this book to kids between 6 and 13 and to all libraries.”
Arlene Mullen (Amazon): “Loved this book. I read it first but I plan on reading it again with my kids.”
Find the Cutes: “The chapters are short. Perfect for reading one chapter per evening to your kid before they go to sleep.”
Blogger Nicole: “I absolutely loved this book! The mystical elements of the book were perfect for kids, as well as the special connection the siblings in the book have with each other (especially Mindy and her twin)… Iwill definitely be reading this book with my girls!”
Christy’s Cozy Corners: “I read a lot of books. I read adult, young adult, kids, you name it…as long as it’s clean. And this is seriously one of the cutest books I’ve ever read across all genres and age-levels. I just could not keep from ooohing and aaahing over the characters.“
Jane Ritz (Goodreads): “The book highlights the special connections and relationships that twins have. The book is full of mysteries as the children move in with their aunt after being orphaned. I would highly recommend this book to any third, fourth, or fifth grade children and teachers. It would make a wonderful read a-loud or book study.”
SOS-Supply: “The plot evokes a roller coaster of emotions that make you laugh and cry; it is crammed full of delightful, magical, amusing and sometimes poignant moments. Underlying the story is a tale of tragedy, but the writer, skilfully recording each episode through the eyes of the children, is able to inject magic and sparkle into this sad tale.”
Sally Writes: “I don’t like to spoil books by giving away the entire plot, but the 4 siblings in this book suffer a great tragedy and end up living with their Aunt in a big spooky house.”
Bound 4 Escape: “From the Mind of Mindy Munson is a delightful children’s book that will stimulate the imagination while showing that happiness can be found even after a terrible loss.”
Tara Looney (Goodreads): “This would be a great read aloud and mentor text for writers craft and sparking ideas! Well written and highly recommended! This would make a fabulous addition to your book shelf!”
Stitch Says: “The children in this story have the most incredible way of dealing with difficult situations. It is beautiful how some of the adults help them as they learn to cope with the loss of their parents and the changes of their new lives. Kids have a fantastically innocent view of the world and this book captures all of that magic.”
Jacqueline F. (Amazon): “My 11 year old and I really enjoyed this book!… The story is written very well… We would definitely recommend this to any middle grade reader or for families who enjoy great read-aloud stories!”
Books, Babies and Bows: “I found From the Magical Mind of Mindy Munson to feel refreshingly inventive in a time when many books we read feel like slightly changed versions of books that have already been read. I hope you take the time to check out the magical mind in Mindy Munson. I am sure glad that I did.”
Barbara Ann Mojica’s Blog: “In little more than one hundred pages, Bennett manages to deal with so many issues: death, bullying, unsolved mysteries, coming of age, blended families, and childhood fears. The story is told with lots of humor, authentic dialogue, and well-developed characters.”
Laurisa White Reyes: “I enjoyed this little book immensely and kids of all ages will enjoy it, too.”
Becca Wilson (Amazon): “This is such a touching tale of children going through hardship and the crazy adventures that happen to them along the way as they live in a new home that is already home to creatures of its own. The author touches on so many subjects in just a short amount of writing that it is almost unbelievable that the book is only a small amount over 100 pages.”
Here’s the Story: “Author Nikki Bennett has built a wonderfully-intricate setting that young readers will love…”
S.Faatz “book nut” (Amazon): “This book is well written and covers a wide range of subjects like death and bulling which are both hard on children. The Magical Mind of Mindy Munso is a good book for the middle-grade audience and would be good for an in school read out loud story as the chapters are not real long. The book is very enjoyable and hold a childs interest well.”
BeachBoundBooks: “The author touches on bullying, loss, and second chances in this well-written tale which teaches readers the importance of family.“
Sher-A-Hart ~ Written Art: “One thing that was very impressive to me was how well I got to know a character in the book that doesn’t speak until the last few chapters. Even with her lack of speech you get to know so much about her and her difficulties and strengths as a person.”
Julie Grasso (Goodreads): “Ms Bennett takes you on a magical adventure, drawing at your heart strings along the way, but leaving you with the beautiful satisfaction that in the end, the kids will see it through.”
Angela Burkhead: “From the Magical Mind of Mindy Munson comes a world of imaginary creatures with a very real presence.”
Hotcha (Amazon): “What a cute story about kids facing the heart break of losing their parents and adjusting to a new life! Nikki Bennett makes Jesse and Mindy adorable ad precious as the twins try to communicate as Tucker interprets! This is a feel good book that lifts your spirits!!!”
Naznin Azeez: “What I loved the most is the ending of the book. They all unite as a family and there is a scene where they get rid of ‘The Thing’ living in their basement… That was really beautiful. It teaches children to look at the positive things in their life.”
Kay LaLone ~ I Love Books!: “I loved this book. Mindy has a great imagination… Great book for ages 7 to 70.”
Brooke Blogs: “The story line was very interesting and kept my attention. Even though this is geared toward middle grade, I found myself needing to know what was going to happen next! Fun story and I look forward to reading more with this family of kids.”
Amazon Customer (LAW): “This is a cute story told by the oldest of four children.”
WS Momma Readers Nook: “Very delightful read for kids, I think they will get a kick out of the fun and imagination that the kids in the book have 🙂 I think it would also appeal to kids on a different level because it can show them that there are other ways of communication and it doesn’t necessarily have to be spoken to get a point across. Totally loved, can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!”
About the Author: Nikki Bennett
Nikki Bennett is an author and world traveler currently living in Japan. She loves traveling, and incorporates all the culture and folklore she can from the countries she visits into her stories.
Nikki has two books out right now. Her first book, FOUR FIENDS is a MG fantasy adventure and her book, MUKADE ISLAND is a YA adventure/fantasy (think Lord of the Flies meets LOST, it it was set on a different world!)
Find out all about Nikki’s books at www.worldofnikki.com
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