Friday, October 5, 2007

Book Review: The Magic Medallion, by Mary Cunningham


Cynthia’s Attic: The Magic Medallion, Book II
By Mary Cunningham
Echelon Press
ISBN: 9781590804605
Copyright 2007
Paperback, 157 pages, $9.99
Middle-grade, Fantasy/Mystery

Reviewed by Mayra Calvani

In this the second book in the Cynthia’s Attic series, best friends Gus and Cynthia are once again swept back in time into a world of fantasy, mystery and adventure. These two young protagonists never give up or say no at the opportunity of a good thrill, and this book is even better than the first.

By way of the magic trunk in Cynthia’s old and cobweb-filled attic, the girls are transported back to 1914, where they end up in a circus and at the hands of a sinister and mean hobo clown who tries to force them to work for him as clown performers. They also meet a beautiful and alluring fortune-teller gypsy who rescues them from the circus. However, she has a proposition for them that may be even more dangerous—they must travel in time to find the lost magic medallion. And if Gus and Cynthia don’t accept, they may not be able to get back to their present-day homes. As they go in search of the magic medallion, the girls meet a set of interesting characters and fall into a vortex of mystery and escapades.

The action is non-stop, the dialogue engaging, the secondary characters intriguing, and the protagonists nothing short of adorable—smart, kind, and with an unbeatable sense of adventure. This is a middle-grade novel that will be devoured by girls ages 10-13. I eagerly look forward to the third book in the series.
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