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Juliet Dove, Queen of Love
by Bruce Coville
I was mistaken when I said that the Magic Shop Books were complete in four books. As recently as 2003, this fifth book came out, once more featuring Mr. Elives and his Magic Supplies shop, as well as Ms. Priest and their immortal vermin friends, Jerome and Roxanne, the talking rats.
This time, the child who stumbles upon the Magic Shop is a painfully shy sixth-grader called Juliet Dove, whose defense mechanism of striking out with devastating sarcasm has earned her a reputation as a stuck-up jerk and the nickname Killer. While trying to avoid a confrontation with a girl whose feelings she recently hurt, Juliet blunders into Mr. Elives shop and meets…not Mr. Elives but…
Well, whoever the lady is behind the counter, she seems desperately eager to give Juliet a certain amulet and to shove her out the side door of the shop. As soon as Juliet puts the amulet around her neck, she finds out that she is in serious trouble. Now she cant take the amulet off until she brings an ancient story to its conclusion, confronts her worst fear, solves a strange riddle, and dares to defy one of the ancient gods (albeit with the help of several others).
Even the fact that Athena, Hera, and Cupid are running around doesnt seem strange compared to two talking (and later flying) rats and the crowd of lovesick boys who suddenly start following Juliet everywhere she goes. Throw in a little sisters imaginary friend who suddenly takes on an eerie sort of reality…an old painting that comes to life…and a dangerous plot to destroy Juliets family, if not the whole world…and you have a recipe for one of Bruce Covilles most exciting and magical school-kids adventures.