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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Tips For Magicians is a work of fiction in the fantasy, drama, and adventure subgenres. The work is intended for children from the fourth to sixth grade reading age and was penned by author Celesta Rimington. Our central protagonist is Harrison Boone, a talented singer who loses his voice when his mother passes away unexpectedly. Now no longer able to follow his musical dreams, Harrison decides to focus on mastering the art of illusionary magic instead. But as he endures one life-altering event after another, his new hometown Muse offers an intriguing new mystery. A legendary magical entity is said to reside here who grants wishes but hasn’t been seen in years. What results is a charming, heartfelt adventure about healing, adapting, and finding your passion once more.
It is rare to find a children’s book with such a sophisticated level of emotional realism, but this was a tale that truly moved me at the core from beginning to end. Author Celesta Rimington reveals that the true magic of this charming novel is not in the tricks or legends of the story, but in art itself, and its incredible power to heal us against some very painful odds. As a central protagonist, Harrison is a highly relatable figure to both adults and younger readers and is sensitively portrayed with close, empathetic narration that really lets us feel every moment from his perspective. I also really loved the setting in Muse, a desert town that felt like a character all of its own in a story swimming with atmosphere, personality, and detail. The work that Rimington does with dialogue is especially effective in terms of its characterization too. Overall, I would highly recommend Tips For Magicians to one and all as a resonant work of social issues drama that breathes new life and hope into the genre.