Erin Channing has the GPA that could get her the chance to study in Italy for the summer. But what about her non-study life? Boring! At least until she receives a gift from recently deceased "Aunt Kooky." A pink crystal ball with a cryptic note. Samantha and Lindsay (who are way more excited about the gift than Erin) are ready to have the ball answer their burning questions and grant their every wish. Boring Erin wants to go a little slower and try to figure it all out, yet. With romance, friendship, and a summer abroad hanging in the balance, what would a little magic hurt?
The Pink Crystal Ball is no Magic 8 ball! It's not chick lit either. Great writing and engaging characters make this a fun, thoughtful choice for teens.
This is listed in AR Book Find as "middle grade." For the most part it is perfectly suitable, but some of the dilemmas and situations are more appropriate for high school and older.
I loved the story and the messages. I really expected "chick lit," but I was wrong. Erin is an exceptional narrator, with a strong voice and very realistic relationships. The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball is now on my shortlist as a must-read for high school girls.
This is a coming of age novel for young adults. This is a High Interest / Low Readability option. The reading level makes it accessible to struggling or dormant readers.
There is a lot to explore: choices and consequences, friendship, trust, superstition, bullying, conflict resolution, and family relationships. The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball is a great choice for a mother-daughter book club.
10 and Up
12 and Up
Borrow, at least. This is a book readers will enjoy and want to share with their best friend.