Chester and the Magic 8 Ball

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Pub Date 09 Feb 2023 | Archive Date 30 Mar 2023

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Twelve-year-old Georgia believes her toothless rescue dog is psychic. With a spin of a Magic 8 Ball, Chester predicts the future with a high degree of probability. He assures Georgia the “outlook is good” for her parents’ troubled marriage. He wows her math class by predicting heads or tails with the toss of a coin. But when the stakes are life or death, Georgia must learn the difference between magic and probability and find her own powers to increase the likelihood of a happy ending.

Chester and the Magic 8 Ball is an empowering story of hope for anyone facing life’s unexpected challenges.

Twelve-year-old Georgia believes her toothless rescue dog is psychic. With a spin of a Magic 8 Ball, Chester predicts the future with a high degree of probability. He assures Georgia the “outlook is...


A Note From the Publisher

Lynn Katz is a former teacher, curriculum writer, and school principal with a soft spot in her heart for toothless, rescue dogs. A full time fiction writer, her debut novel, The Surrogate, was published in May 2021. Lynn Katz lives in Connecticut. When not reading or writing, Lynn can be found hiking or kayaking with her husband.

Lynn Katz is a former teacher, curriculum writer, and school principal with a soft spot in her heart for toothless, rescue dogs. A full time fiction writer, her debut novel, The Surrogate, was...


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I chose this the second I learned it was authored by a former teacher/principal.
While its beginning is quite cute (girl wants dog), the story evolves into much more. Lynn Katz skillfully mixes cute with serious topics, wrapping them all up in a satisfying manner. This would be a fun read together book for parents and children.
My thanks to NetGalley and Black Rose Writing for granting access to a digital ARC in exchange for review.

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Twelve year old Georgia has always wanted a dog, and she will do nearly everything to convince her parents to get one. Her father has been working long hours as an Emergency Room nurse, so Georgia and her mother have had some quality time to spend together. One day, Georgia consults her magic 8 ball to see if it is the right time to persuade her mother to visit the local Humane Society, and she is heartened by its response. But when they return home with a dog named Chester in tow, everything seems to change in Georgia’s life. Luckily, Chester is not only a good friend, but he has a special ability that can help Georgia once again find balance within her unsettled environment.

This middle grade novel is well-written and reads quickly, as it is presented in a stream of consciousness style coming from Georgia’s own mind. As a sixth grader, there are of course challenges at school with friends and frenemies, but that is nothing compared to what happens outside of that. Big problems find their way to Georgia’s doorstep, and she is fortunate to have Chester nearby for comfort and companionship. Short chapters keep the narrative moving forward, and young readers will find familiar feelings and behaviors described within the pages of this book. At once an entertaining story of friendship and a heartfelt look into how one girl manages a life that seems to be crumbling at the edges, this is a tale that will resonate with young readers in similar circumstances.

Though it is not fair, young people often face challenges adults themselves have never experienced. In this story, Georgia finds herself managing the painful realities of divorce and cancer, and readers are given a clear picture of Georgia’s feelings as each event comes to her doorstep. While the overall presentation of the story is relatively surface-level in relation to these issues, the narrative will nonetheless speak to young readers in an engaging and accessible way. Incorporating themes of humor, love, and navigating change, this story is a good addition to library collections for middle grade readers.

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I stumbled upon Lynn Katz's enchanting world in "Chester and the Magic 8 Ball," and oh boy, am I glad I did! From the moment I laid eyes on the super sweet and beautiful cover, I knew I was in for a cozy adventure.

The story revolves around twelve-year-old Georgia and her toothless rescue dog, Chester, who just happens to have a talent for predicting the future with the help of a Magic 8 Ball. Now, if that doesn't sound like the most adorable setup for a middle-grade book, I don't know what does! The synopsis promised a heartwarming tale, and let me tell you, it delivered on every front.

Georgia and Chester's dynamic is nothing short of magical. The way Chester confidently spins the Magic 8 Ball to predict everything from her parents' troubled marriage to the outcome of a coin toss in math class is both endearing and amusing. As the stakes get higher and life takes unexpected turns, Georgia learns a valuable lesson about the fine line between magic and probability.

The plot unfolds with a perfect blend of charm, wit, and genuine emotion. Lynn Katz masterfully weaves a narrative that keeps you hooked from start to finish. You'll find yourself rooting for Georgia as she navigates life's challenges, armed with Chester's quirky abilities and her own newfound powers.

The events in the book are not only entertaining but also carry a powerful message of hope. "Chester and the Magic 8 Ball" is more than just a delightful read; it's an empowering story that resonates with anyone facing unexpected challenges. The way the author tackles the themes of resilience and self-discovery is both heartening and inspiring.

In a world where the unexpected can be daunting, this book is a comforting reminder that there's always room for hope. The charming cover art is a mere glimpse into the cozy universe Lynn Katz has created, making it a must-read for all book lovers, especially those who appreciate the magic of middle-grade fiction.

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