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The Skull of Truth [Reading] ➿ The Skull of Truth Author Bruce Coville – Mr Elives’s magic shop is back and this time it is on the other side of Tucker’s Swamp And Tucker’s Swamp is where Charlie Eggleston heads to escape a beating for lying Charlie can’t seem to k Mr Elives’s magic shop is back and this time it is on the other side of Tucker’s Swamp And Tucker’s Swamp is where Charlie Eggleston heads to escape a beating for lying Charlie can’t seem to keep from lying though sometimes his lies are for a good cause When Charlie stumbles into.

  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • The Skull of Truth
  • Bruce Coville
  • English
  • 14 October 2015
  • 9780152060848

10 thoughts on “The Skull of Truth

  1. Qt Qt says:

    Another fun book about the mysteries and magic that a boy finds in Mr Elives's Magic Shop While I enjoyed it I didn't like this one uite as much as the others I'm not sure why possibly the messages are obvious or maybe it was serious than the others It's still good just not a favorite of mine

  2. Kerri Kerri says:

    I feel like this one was trying a lot harder than the others There were just too many awkward “this is important to talk about” moments which Are important to talk about but maybe not all in one 192 page children’s book He covered the importance of truth protecting the environment the downsides and some upsideskind of of industrialization childhood cancer gay love every family has secrets and probably a few other big topics I have forgotten It just all seemed stretched thin Also the tie in with Hamlet seemed a bit much Explaining the origin in Jennifer Murdley worked This one seemed like he was trying too hard to make you think “cool origin story” Meh It just felt awkwardMaybe I am getting burned out on these books as I just slammed through 3 in 2 days I need to still get the last one though so I’ll have a cooling off period

  3. Melissa Melissa says:

    This is not one of my favorites of Bruce Coville I read this with my daughter who was 9 at the time because she liked the other books in the series However I am glad that I read it with her because the author threw in a homosexual uncle I really wasn't ready to talk about this issue with my daughter and I was upset that there wasn't any sort of warning on this book Needless to say I did some creative editing while reading it to her Wish I had known ahead of time It's too bad because there were other aspects of the story that were really good

  4. Joan Joan says:

    I was surprised at what a sophisticated examination the story gave about truth Too much of it often is not a good thing But too much lying is definitely bad Charlie visits the magic shop and steals the skull of truth Much would spoil the story Just know the skull forces people around the bearer as well as the bearer to tell the truth The story is on the simple side The message is pretty sophisticated Recommended

  5. Jayaprakash Satyamurthy Jayaprakash Satyamurthy says:

    Good children's books deserves to be read by adults as well If it's really good the story will appeal to readers of any age If it's downright excellent it can re awaken the child within for the space it takes to read the book Maybe it's because I went to a pre school run on the system of Maria Montessori whose watchword was 'follow the child' but I can't help but see that as a beneficial exercise Bruce Coville is a prolific American writer of fiction for children whom I first discovered in my 20s with the 'My Teacher Is An Alien' books I was impressed by how real and believable his characters are children grown ups and aliens how well his imagination conjures up situations and settings that invoke a sense of wonder and how he handles larger messages and themes in a way that's not preachy or intrusive and alive to the many sides of any given issue Most of all I was taken by Coville's obvious joy in the art of storytelling In this book Coville tackles one of the big issues any fictioneer has to grapple with at some point truth When Charles Egglestone stumbles into a mysterious shop and winds up shoplifting a talking skull he finds that the skull's magical powers have made it impossible for him to lie any At first disaster follows because the truth is not always the convenient or even the right thing to blurt out Gradually he gains a deeper richer sense of what truth is all about how it can be found both in fact and fiction and how it can be used for good although it is in itself morally neutral I was particularly glad that Coville keeps that last point very clearly in sight Truthfulness isn't a magic key to virtue it's still up to us to keep our eyes open and work out the ethics of everything we do I can think of vast tomes written for a putatively grown up audience that miss this point That exposition of the books themes probably sounds dry But this book isn't It's hilarious poignant and inventive and manages to invoke a character from Big Bill Shakespeare's plays see if you can guess which one and give him a back and front story if I can put it that way which is as resonant and memorable as anything from the Bard's plays I get a real kick out of a piece of fiction that can engage with one of the classics and emerge enriched rather than simply bested by the experience and the former is certainly the case here Neil Gaiman has done this sort of thing well at points in his career Sandman for instance and not so well at other points the Beowulf film If I had a child between the ages of 7 and 11 at my disposal I would entreat him or her to read this book But since I don't I'm just as happy to have had the chance to read it myself

  6. Wendy Wendy says:

    This is the lowest review I've given since I joined Goodreads As others have noted the rating system doesn't allow for nuances so let me explain After enjoying all the other Magic Shop books by Bruce Coville particularly Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher Jennifer Murdley's Toad over the years I expected to feel similarly about The Skull of Truth The right elements were all there a likeable but somewhat troubled kid an intriguing magical object a challenge to overcome and I really liked some portions of the plot particularly how Charlie copes with his friend's cancer The end just didn't work for me however too mystical and strange The other thing that surprised and disappointed me was the homosexual angle Sure it's everywhere now but in a children's book written in the mid 1990s? Not that it was graphic in any degree and the main character struggled with the unwelcome knowledge about his uncle but it was clearly condoned in the name of truth Basically I won't be reading this book with my kids at bedtime

  7. Megan Green Megan Green says:

    I read this book aloud with my boys and it was another enjoyable installment in the Magic Shop series It had a lot of good lessons to teach about the truth and why it's important and the story had a fair amount of suspense in it though some kids might find parts a little scary The ending felt a little rushed and the story dealt with some topics that were a little heavier than you would expect in a kids' novel so we glossed over some parts since my boys are only 6 maybe we'll re read it for those parts when they're a little older

  8. Kristi Kristi says:

    This book was very good but contained adult themes that I was shocked to find That is why I gave it a 3 Not for children under 13

  9. Kailey (BooksforMKs) Kailey (BooksforMKs) says:

    Charlie is a liar He meets the Skull of Truth and is cursed to always tell the truth and his life changes in unexpected ways Telling the truth gets him into a lot of trouble and the curse begins to affect other people around himI didn't enjoy this book as much as some of the others in the Magic Shop series I thought some of the plot points didn't uite fit in with the rest of the story There were some radical leftist political ideas that I didn't agree with I was surprised to find them in a children's bookI was pleased to find that the skull himself is not scary at all He's a humorous and silly character and there's nothing frightening or creepy about him other than the fact that he's a skullThere are some funny bits of dialogue and some interesting character development The plot is all over the place though and I didn't really connect with any of the charactersIt's a good story but not amazing

  10. Janeen-san Janeen-san says:

    Charlie Eggelston should have never belived what his Uncle Bennie told him about toads Put a toad into your mouth count to one hundred and you'll be able to talk toad talkWell Charlie foolishly believes himCharlie's friend Gilbert Dawkins finds a toad With Mark Evans another friend of Charlie by his side he tells them what his Uncle Bennie said about toads Gilbert thinks that it is ridicluos but sly Mark tricks him into doing it anywayPopping the toad into his mouth Gilbert begins to count One of the teachers Miss Pitwing rushes over to make him stop When he does she demands to know why he did itWell C Chalie told me if I put the toad in my mouth I'd be able to talk to it mumbled GilbertTurning to Charlie Miss Pitwing growles Is this true?Chalie nodded his head but then added Mark said it tooI did not yelled Mark LairIn the end Gilbert and Mark get away Only Charlie gets into trouble He gets into trouble with everyone His parents Mark's parents The teachers Gilbert's parentsBut that was only the beginningA few years later Charlie still hasn't broken the habbit he has fallen into a nasty habbit of lying He lies about everything and everyone One of those lies gets him into trouble that will change his life ForeverMark and Charlie used to be good frineds but over the years they'd become enemies Running from Mark and his gang Charlie wades through Tucker's Swamp to escape But suddenly he finds himself in a dense part of the swamp he has never been in before Walking along he discoveres a magical shop run by a man who called himself Mr ElviesBehind the counter is a skullAsking the skull a directed uestion can be deadly Unfortunaetly that's just what Charlie doesCharlie feels a sudden urge to posses the skull He steals it before he can stop himselfBringing it home he embarks on the adventure of two lifetimes when the skull talks to him and tells him the meaning of truthI loved this book The meaning was clear and written in a wonderful way However the author didn't write on every single page Tell the truth but intead hid it inside the plot and dialoge I thought this book was wonderful and very funny How did the athuor come up with all those jokes? The characters were also very lifelike I think it was also very exciting

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