Chase Tinker & The House of Magic by Malia Ann Haberman

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In Chase Tinker’s world, magic, lies and secrets can be a lethal combination…

Thirteen-year-old Chase Tinker’s usually-normal life has taken an unexpected turn. Several shocking family secrets have come to light and he’s seriously freaked out about it. His missing dad, bizarre magical powers, a grandfather he thought to be long dead, a fantastic, out-of-this-world magical house, and an evil Dark Enemy bound and determined to destroy his family are only part of the craziness.

Now Chase, along with his younger brother Andy and his cousin Janie, must find a way to stop these evil beings, while at the same time figuring out what’s happened to his dad, unraveling even more Tinker lies and secrets, and not letting on that he has a crush on the housekeeper’s daughter.

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“Thrilling, magical adventure story for Middle Grade readers”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Kathy Cunningham

Malia Ann Haberman’s CHASE TINKER AND THE HOUSE OF MAGIC is a delightfully fun story of magical adventure that is sure to enchant young readers. Almost like a mash-up of the HARRY POTTER books, L’Engle’s WRINKLE IN TIME, and C. S. Lewis’s NARNIA stories, Haberman’s novel follows the adventures of 13-year-old Chase Tinker and his 10-year-old brother Andy as they discover the magical heritage of the Tinker family. It seems Chase’s father, Benjamin, had long ago decided to deny his family heritage, so neither Chase nor Andy knew about their powers or their history. When Benjamin is kidnapped by a shadowy group called the Dark Enemy, Chase’s grandfather shows up to take his grandchildren home to their ancestral roots. At an amazing magical mansion on the beach, Chase and Andy meet their cousin Janie and her friend Persephone, and the four of them set out to rescue Benjamin and save the magical world.

Haberman’s story is filled with clever and funny magical details which will definitely capture the imaginations of Middle Grade readers. The “House of Magic” is an amazing place, with magical rooms, floating staircases, and endless spaces to explore . . . and seemingly endless ways four kids can get into trouble! At the house, Chase and Andy learn to perfect their own magical powers (Chase’s is telekinesis and Andy has the ability to freeze time). They also learn the history of their family, the Tinkers, who have battled the Dark Enemy for generations, always fighting to preserve the mysterious “Relic” that holds the key to their magic. Should the Dark Enemy get their hands on the Relic, all the goodness and light in the world could be destroyed.

This is the first of a planned series of novels all revolving around Chase Tinker and his magical family. While I’m not a fan of serialized novels, this one easily lends itself to future stories. As in the Harry Potter books, Chase’s battle against evil won’t be quickly won. That said, HOUSE OF MAGIC does have a satisfying conclusion, meaning readers won’t be left disappointed with how this volume of the story is resolved.

Parents, this novel is appropriate for readers aged 10-14. There is no inappropriate language, and while there is an element of violence and heavy doses of suspense, I found nothing objectionable. There is a hint of romance between Chase and Persephone, but no overt sexuality. I see this as the kind of novel that both boys and girls will embrace, which is rare for children’s literature. It’s well-written, professionally edited, and tightly plotted. I recommend it highly.

[Please note: I was provided a copy of this book for review; the opinions expressed here are my own.]

About the Author

From the moment I learned to read, I loved it. I spent all my spare time reading one book after the other. One day, when I was about eight years old, my dad decided I was spending way too much time with my nose in a book. He wanted me to go out and play, like the rest of my siblings. I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to see what other thrilling adventures those book characters could get into. So I sat outside on the porch and cried my heart out. Finally my dad decided he’d had enough of that noise and he sent me back into the house. I was happy again.

Years later, I’m still staying inside with books, but now I’m happily writing my own. 🙂

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