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{October 6, 2011}   {Review} Ruby and the Mix Games by Joseph Seegitz

From Goodreads: Twelve-year-old Ruby Majis is learning how to secrete magical ink from her skin’s pores. It’s painful work, but necessary if she wants to practice Hue: a dangerous, magical sport that transformed her caring older brother Chance into a cold-hearted scoundrel.

Guided by a trainer with a shady past and partnered with a supernatural boy, Ruby embarks on a journey to find her brother at the Mix Games, the annual Hue tournament held on the other side of the world.


This novel is like a rollercoaster ride, smoothly zipping from one event to the next in this action packed MG/YA novel.  The story captures the reader’s attention from the very beginning as Ruby acquires a trainer and sets off on a quest that takes her around the world, learning to control and master her Hue powers along the way.  With its often comical dialogue and situations, I especially think MG students will love this novel.  I believe Seegitz has done a superb job capturing the dialogue and actions of the young protagonists in this story, creating fantastical situations and elements unique to the storyline.  This is a great novel for children of all ages, one that would also be a great for parents and children to read together as it has many great morals as well.  I especially enjoyed learning about hue and the different abilities those in Ruby’s universe acquire, making me wish I had some of these powers myself.  Three stars.

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.


Bonnie says:

I love the concept for her abilities, original and unexpected. Sounds interesting.

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