I am happy to be part of a giveaway for Victoria Simcox’s book The Magic Warble. This is a wonderful story for mid-grade reading levels or kids between the ages of 9-13. Mind you, that didn’t stop me. I loved the book and can’t wait to read the second book The Black Shard.
(Excerpt from Goodreads on The Magic Warble) 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 magically 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 “Magic Warble,” in its final resting place. 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, and an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart.
Kristina doesn’t fit in with the kids at her school, usually finding herself tormented. She spends much of her time alone or with her rat, Raymond. Today is the last day of school before Christmas vacation. On the way out the door, Kristina’s teacher, Miss Hensley, gives her a Christmas present, an old hat box. On the way home, a cruel game of keep away ensues. Then Kristina learns that another unpleasant girl will be babysitting her.
After all the drama of the day, Kristina goes to be just to be woken by a humming sound. She is then transported to Bernovem. The silver ball in the hatbox is the Magic Warble, which is destined to restore the rightful king and queen to the throne. Since Kristina is the one that was selected, she is the one that has to put the warble back in its place. But this is not going to be an easy trip. Everyone that has touched the hat box will be transported to Bernovem and will have a role in the quest to put the Warble back in its place.
This is not going to be easy since the current queen is horrid and plans on staying in control one way or another. Her zelbocks are hunting Kristina down and she has no problem tricking the other kids into helping her to keep in control of Bernovem. But Kristina has help from prince Werrien and those that believe that the Magic Warble will be returned.
I really liked this story. There was action and adventure and you didn’t know what was going to happen next. I felt for Kristina not being popular and I cheered for her every step of the adventure. I didn’t like Graham, Hester, and Davina but I am curious to see if Graham will have some connection in the next book.
This is a great book that mid-grade readers and everyone else will enjoy reading. I strongly recommend getting this book.
Victoria was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother, and a Dutch immigrant father. She now lives in Western Washington with her husband, Russ and their three children, Toby, Kristina, and William. Her other family members are a Chihuahua, named Pipsy and two cats, named Frodo and Fritz. Besides being an author, Victoria is a home-schooling mother of twelve years and an elementary school art teacher of eleven years. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys managing her two older children’s Celtic band. She also loves writing, reading, painting watercolors, hiking, good movies, and just simply hanging out with her family and friends.
Without further ado, I have the opportunity to giveaway at least one ebook copy of The Magic Warble. If there are a lot of entries, I do have the chance to give away more than one copy.
The giveaway will be from 6/1/13 to 6/15/13. The winner will be emailed. The winner’s email will be sent to Victoria and she will send out The Magic Warble. I require that you follow Victoria either through her blog, Facebook, or Twitter.
I will verify the information on how you follow Victoria before announcing winners. Good luck to everyone that enters!
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