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Birdie's Book (The Fairy Godmother Academy #1) Paperback – August 25, 2009
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The book enters the world of magic and dreamland so fast that you don't have much time to deny it. I like the idea of the series, which has a website [...] and cards within the books for each fairy godmother in training. These books are a step up from chapter books. So if your looking for the next step from Rainbow Magic Fairies or Disney Fairies books these would be a fine start.
The writing style is similar, which is to say simple and straightforward and kid-friendly, but the story has been updated for a slightly older audience. There is, for example, some teen angst, and more personal drama and excitement.
The story is about Birdie's quest (Birdie Cramer Bright). Unbeknownst to her, her family has a strong history of magic, which unfortunately involves a terrible mistake which is killing the wonderous fairyland of Aventurine.
In order to fix this, Birdie must join forces with Kerka, a girl who is very much different than her; and the two of them must face off against dark forces and solve the mystery of how to repair the family talisman.
I really liked some of the aspects of this book. I liked, for instance, that Latin was introduced as a cool and positive thing. I liked that older people were revered and not ridiculed as they are in some books. And I liked that plant knowledge, like Latin, was presented in a positive light.
I think older girls are going to be drawn to the idea that sometimes they aren't going to understand what their parents are thinking. And that there parents were once kids like themselves, who sometimes made mistakes. (In this book, Birdies' mother denies her heritage! Something Birdie doesn't initially understand.)
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This is a fun, light read that ought to be a hit with girls who like adventure and magic.Read more ›
Through out I could smell that disinfectanty didactic smell of an adult in the children's' world, with lessons, modeling examples, vocabulary lessons etc. The plot was formulaic which isn't wrong in it self, but there was no reason for the form chosen. The choice of quest seemed chosen because it's what's good about boy stories and lacking in contemporary girl stories. The willy nilly plot more for easy chapter layout, a beginning, middle and end, exposes the careless choice of a plot form.
I liked Birdy at the beginning and was curious to find out who she would be at the end, but with the spinning out of the story, plot twists and turns passed for character development. I wanted to know more about the grandmother and what happened between Birdy and Grandma Mo. Action intended to show rather than tell me didn't have enough substance to make me feel what the action was intended to evoke.
Lastly, there were so many lost opportunities. I loved Birdy's and Mo's banter and testing with the Latin species names. (And why weren't the pictures shadowed behind the words the species named?!) This felt authentic and also what made each of them special and alike. Why did this peter out when the adventure began?
For instance, the fairy clothes. I was really disappointed here!Read more ›
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This book is difficult for me to rate here, as the quality of the story is so very uneven - making it a 3.0, at best. Read morePublished 4 months ago by RainbowExplorer
Read the first few chapters before giving it to my almost 9 year old daughter and find the storyline very realistic, well-written from a young girls perspective, and overall just... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dawn Stevens
This book was the best thing I could ever own! I love all the make believe creatures! It is so good that I came home after school and read it every day ! Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by Name
This book is full of adventure! If you like a good story this is the book for you! Read this!Published on December 1, 2012 by Chris in Denver
This was a great start to this series. I enjoy good books that involve a bit of magic or fairies or other supernatural or paranormal topics. Read morePublished on September 26, 2012 by Amanda N. Carpenter
i am 13 and i still love these book series! and trust me im not a kiddy weirdo geeky 13 year old, thats got to count for something! Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by francesca
Birdie is excited and scared. She is off to visit her grandmother, who she doesn't remember at all. Her mother and grandmother have been estranged for years. Read morePublished on November 24, 2011 by Sandra Iler Kirkland