Chase Tinker & The House of Magic By Malia Ann Haberman

17 Apr

House of Magic coverChase Tinker & The House of Magic – The Chase Tinker Series Book 1

By Malia Ann Haberman

261 pages – ages 8+

Published by Crossroad Press; Crossroad Press Digital Edition edition  on August 13, 2012 (ebook reviewed)

Things have been pretty crazy since Chase’s dad went missing a year ago. To make things worse, Chase Tinker doesn’t know why he and his brother have strange powers. Chase can move objects with his mind, and Andy can make objects stop moving or make them freeze in time. When their supposedly dead grandfather suddenly appears, the boys are a bit confused (as you can imagine). Their grandfather asks the boys to spend the summer with him so that they can learn to control their powers. Chase learns that the members of the Tinker family have magic powers given to them by a special Relic that is in the attic of his grandfather’s house. Things go from strange to worse because Chase also learns there is someone/thing out to steal the relic and the Tinker magic!

This was an awesome story! The action was exciting. The story idea is fun. I really liked the description of the Tinker house (the house the boys go to stay with their grandfather in). Ms. Haberman’s writing style is great for middle-grade and young advanced readers. I thought Chase was a great main character, and I enjoyed reading about him. The story was a quick read for me and I liked it so much, I would have liked the story to be a bit longer. I would have loved to know more about the Tinker house and the Marlowe family (the bad guys). This is only because I liked it so much, not because the story wasn’t told all the way. There was one instance of “What the h***”?” which in a book meant for young kids, it shouldn’t be there.

I went back and forth between four and five bookworms on this one (I don’t do halves – that would just be mean to cut a worm in half – which is just mean and you also cut the book in half 😦 ).  For my reading level, I want more in the story but I think it’s a five bookworm book for the age it is written for. So five it is! fivebooks

To learn more about Ms. Haberman, please visit her website by clicking HERE.

Ms. Haberman is also hosting a Chase Tinker give-away on GoodReads (click HERE) until April 18!

20 Responses to “Chase Tinker & The House of Magic By Malia Ann Haberman”

  1. Angela Brown April 17, 2013 at 7:31 am #

    Action, magic and adventure. Sounds like a wonderful read. Thanks for the review 🙂


  2. stanleyandkatrina April 17, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    Oooo, thanks for the heads-up on the included word. Neighbor Girl hugely dislikes the use of that word in any book – she had a hard time with Harry Potter because if its inclusion.

    Cool Mom for Stanley & Katrina


    • thiskidreviewsbooks April 19, 2013 at 7:07 am #

      It’s a shame, but you just have to ignore it or change it to something different (ex: heck instead of h***). 😦


  3. Kirsten Larson April 17, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    Glad you decided to be kind to those bookworms and not cut them in half. 🙂


  4. Catherine Johnson April 17, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    Another superb review, Erik. This sounds exciting, especially joining forces with Grandad.


  5. Patricia Tilton April 17, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    I’d like this one — lots of mystery and action and super powers. Great review.


  6. ontheplumtree April 18, 2013 at 5:12 am #

    As ever, Erik…You really tell us what’s in the book.


  7. Joanna April 18, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    I love how you are keen to know more details about this one – a good sign of a good book, i think.


  8. K.L. Pickett April 18, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

    I’m glad you gave the book a five. When I’m grading my students’ papers, if they’re somewhere between an A- and a B+, I always give them the higher grade, too. Sounds like a great book!



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