One of my favorite October read-alouds is Monster Ring by Bruce Coville. It’s not a new book, it’s been out for 25 years, but is great! The main character, Russell, ends up with a magic ring (The book is part of the Magic Shop series books by Coville) that comes with directions that warn of its powers. Not only does Russell have a problem with being the owner of a magic ring, more importantly he has a problem with bullying at school, which is what led to the ring in the first place. Russell also has parents that don’t listen to him very well, but through the drama of being turned into a monster several times, Russell is able to solve the bully problem, his home problem and his magic problem. Most kids relate strongly to Russell’s character and how he is able to handle his bully. As a class we’ve always been able to have a good conversation about bullying while reading this book.
Every year I have read this book, the students hang on every word and can hardly wait until I will read more. For some reluctant readers, I’ve found this book will be a springboard into reading other Coville books! Check out the author’s website.
I have seen it with two different covers so both are pictured.