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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: The Fairy Godmother Academy (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037585181X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375851810
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 4–6—Shortly after her family moves from California to New York, 12-year-old Birdie decides that it is time to meet her maternal grandmother, from whom her mother has been estranged. Granny Mo turns out to be a warm and wonderful person who shares the child's love of plants. And as it turns out, they also share a deep family connection with the fairy world, called Aventurine. After Birdie inadvertently travels there, she meets Kerka, and together the girls attempt to rid an ancient and powerful tree of a life-destroying blight. Aventurine is filled with glamorous but uninteresting fairies, lovely scents, and flowers, and a magic wardrobe filled with the most fabulous clothes ever. Birdie's adventures here are uninspired and seem influenced by the online social network that is being marketed as the companion to this series opener. Rather, it is Birdie's growing relationship with her grandmother, her worries about her new life in New York, and her love of plants that ring most true and are the most enjoyable to read about, even if these sections are slower paced. Of possible interest to undemanding fairy fans.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library END --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Jan Bozarth danced in a ballet company at eleven, started a dream journal at thirteen, joined a surf club at sixteen, studied flower essences at eighteen, and went on to learn music, art, and poetry in college. As a girl she dreamed of a life that would weave these different interests together. Now she is a grandmother who writes stories and songs for young people and often works with her own adult children who are musicians and artists in Austin, Texas.

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I thought the book was brilliantly written, imaginative and fun!
Amanda N. Carpenter
As a teacher and a writer, I loved reading Birdie's Book, the first in the Fairy Godmother Academy Series.
L. Filipelli
This is a wonderful book for girls that encourages inner strength, friendship, and making good choices.
Leslie McLain

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MomofGirl on August 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a mother of a little girl I have to say that I was psyched to see see this book on the shelf. When doing every day battles with the likes of Barbie and Bratz this is like a breath of very fresh air. Not only does the author respect that young girls are smart, and interested in more than gossip and shopping, but that they are also inherently wise. This wisdom just needs to be tapped into and nurtured. A great read with just a right amount of fantasy and real world to keep your reader ripping through the pages!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Leslie McLain on August 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book for girls that encourages inner strength, friendship, and making good choices. I am thrilled to introduce my daughter to this series that is thoughtful and fun. So much of what we see in the media sends our daughters in questionable directions- this hip, yet wholesome, tale is a breath of fresh air!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shannon M. Mcgee on November 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
Birdie is a young girl who is visiting her mother's mom for the first time. There she finds out from her Gram that she comes from a long line of Fairy Godmothers, including her mother, who turned her back on the family history. Birdie learns she must go on a quest to bring the family back together.

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.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By PeaTee TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you have a young reader that enjoyed the "Rainbow Fairy series" (Rainbow Magic Books 1-7 Boxset), then do introduce them to "Birdies' Book!"(The introductory book in "The Fairy Godmother Academy series.)

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.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chloe on October 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book jumped off the shelf, but several goofs kept it from measuring up to its promise. First, while it was written from Birdy's point of view, I felt a much older hand writing. I winced at word choices that sounded more like a grandma's than a girl's. Interior thoughts and feelings weren't convincingly a girl's either. Somehow I felt this whole thing was concocted at a meeting of approved teachers, parents, and girl experts.

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!
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