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Chester and the Magic 8 Ball. Book Review by Gillian and the girls 📖🐾

Today, I’m reviewing Chester and the Magic 8 Ball, a middle-grade children’s book by Lynn Katz. This book features two particular favourites of mine: Children's fiction and dogs. Before I tell you my thoughts on Chester and the Magic 8 Ball, I'd like to thank NetGalley and Black Rose Writing for my digital arc.

Here's a brief author bio and book blurb, followed by my honest review.

Lynn Katz, author of Chester and the Magic 8 Ball


Lynn lives in Connecticut with her family. She is a former teacher/principal and curriculum writer whose career in education spans decades. She's now a full-time writer whose works include poetry, children's and adult fiction and non-fiction. Her debut novel, The Surrogate, is a psychological thriller which she began writing in 2021 following her retirement as Principal at Union school in Farmington.

In her spare time, Lynn enjoys hiking and kayaking with her husband.



Twelve-year-old Georgia believes her toothless rescue dog is psychic. With a spin of a Magic 8 Ball, Chester predicts the future with a high degree of probability. He assures Georgia the “outlook is good” for her parents’ troubled marriage. He wows her math class by predicting heads or tails with the toss of a coin. But when the stakes are life or death, Georgia must learn the difference between magic and probability and find her own powers to increase the likelihood of a happy ending.


Chester and the Magic 8 Ball is a story about twelve-year-old Georgia and her dream of owning a dog. Chester is an adorable toothless pooch who can answer questions and predict the future through Georgia’s magic 8 ball. However, there is so much more to this story.

Lynn Katz writes about sensitive topics such as marital breakdown, friendships, jealousy, and health issues within this cute and touching storyline. We see how these challenges are faced through the eyes of Georgia.

This well-written and thoughtful book handles life’s trials with sympathy, tact and feeling.

Thank you, NetGalley and Black Rose Writing, for my digital arc in exchange for my honest review.


Join me soon for my next book review.

What Now? by Amazon Bestselling Author Edd Williams.

A book about Education, Career and Life Choices. How to plan, adapt and embrace your inner entrepreneur in the post-covid world.

Until then, stay safe and happy reading.

Gill x


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