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11/24 to 11/28
by Victoria Simcox
Blurb: Dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and an evil queen – all these and more can be found in The Warble, an enchanting tale of adventure and friendship.
Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and the evil Queen Sentiz.
In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she’s honored as “the chosen one” the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz’s control. But it’s not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous “Warble” in its final resting place. And she must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen’s “zelbocks” before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, as well as an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart.
About the Author: Victoria was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother, and a Dutch immigrant father. She now lives in Western Washington with my husband, Russ and their three children, Toby, Kristina, and William. Besides being a writer, she is a home-schooling mother of thirteen years and an elementary school art teacher of twelve years.
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My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 unicorns - I really liked it!!
I won The Shard in a giveaway from Krystal’s Enchanting Reads blog giveaway, but Victoria gave me the option to start with book 1 since I hadn’t read it yet which I thought was very cool.
The cover is brand new, and I think it will attract kids like my son in middle school into checking it out.
The story is cute and engaging. I think the author did a great job with the writing because kids can get into the story and understand what is going on. I think the characters are life like because kids can be so mean to each other and cruel. I think this story brings that to light which is cool because kids don’t think about how what they do and say can really affect others. Kristina must push herself on her quest to save Bernovem & so she can get home. It is difficult to represent perseverance, but Victoria did fabulously through Kristina & Werrien. Poor Kristina & Werrien have so many personal and actual battles while trying to get to and climb the mountain. I love all the magical creatures and elements that were a part of this story, but it was very real life related as lessons go.
Another cool thing I noticed was a couple of the names were mixed up real words, but I’m not sure if that was on purpose or an accident. For example, Bernovem is November with the last 3 letters moved to the front. There is also a character’s name Lisheng which is English with the first 3 letters moved to the end. It totally possible that there are more, and I missed it, but I just thought it was cool too.
I think this story could inspire kids, so you really should read it with your kids.
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