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Birdie's Book (The Fairy Godmother Academy Series #1)

Birdie's Book (The Fairy Godmother Academy Series #1)

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by Jan Bozarth, Andrea Burden (Illustrator)

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Where do fairy godmothers come from?

When Birdie goes to visit her grandmother for the first time, she learns that her grandmother is a fairy godmother—which means Birdie's a fairy godmother too! Trained by fairies in a magical land called Aventurine, human fairy godmothers have been hidden protectors of the world for centuries. Birdie' s family


Where do fairy godmothers come from?

When Birdie goes to visit her grandmother for the first time, she learns that her grandmother is a fairy godmother—which means Birdie's a fairy godmother too! Trained by fairies in a magical land called Aventurine, human fairy godmothers have been hidden protectors of the world for centuries. Birdie' s family talisman, a singing stone, has been broken, and now only Birdie can use the stone to travel to Aventurine to repair it.

When she gets there she meets Kerka, a warrior-like girl who has been sent to help her find the other half of the stone. Will Birdie and Kerka have the knowledge and strength to banish the shadow that has come over both the garden in Aventurine and Birdie's family? One thing's for sure—no one who travels to Aventurine will ever be the same again!

For girls who are fans of Harry Potter and have outgrown the Disney Fairies series and the American Girl books, the Fairy Godmother Academy is the perfect series—fantasy books filled with magic and adventure but grounded by contemporary girls and issues.

The series boasts an amazing Web site that allows girls to enter the world they visit in the books. There they can do activities both on- and offline, vote for things they'd like to see in the books, and connect with other Fairy Godmother Academy fans.

Join the Fairy Godmother Academy!
Visit the Web site for games, activities, and networking with friends!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bozarth gently melds magic, family history and self-determination in this multilayered debut, first in the Fairy Godmother Academy series. Sarah Cramer Bright (nicknamed "Birdie" for her redbird-colored hair) has been uprooted from California to New York, but it's not all bad news: she now has the opportunity to reconnect with her enigmatic Granny Mo. Birdie takes the reader along as her companion and confidante, sharing her love and knowledge of plants as she ventures into her grandmother's extensive and mysterious gardens. While resting near a waterfall, Birdie dreams herself into the fairy land of Aventurine, "a land for only the strongest dreamers.... Dreamers with destinies." But Aventurine is more than a dream—if Birdie and her guide, Kerka, can complete their quest to find the missing piece of the Singing Stone, Birdie can become a Fairy-Godmother-in-Training and have magic in her world "that can make a difference, not just to people, but also to the world itself." Bozarth crafts an alluring world that encourages lingering and further visits. Although conceived as part of an online experience, this novel is strong enough to stand by itself. Ages 8—12. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Jeanna Sciarrotta
"The Fairy Godmother Academy" series gets off to a fast-paced start as young readers will quickly grab onto Birdie's story, as well as her quirky personality and knowledge of plants that will serve to bind her to a family of secrets. Birdie has no idea what she is in for when she makes the trip to visit Granny Mo, the grandmother that she has never met. Up until now, her only knowledge of this grandmother has come from her workaholic mother who refers to her as "crazy." But when they finally meet, Birdie finds a kindred spirit in this slightly odd woman, and she wonders how her mother could possibly be related to either of them. Her world is further turned upside down when she discovers the "Book of Secrets" that the fairies have left for her and discovers the lineage of her family. Here, the adventure really begins! In this book, readers will join Birdie on her first trip to the magical world of Adventurine, where she will try to put back together the broken pieces of her family and learn what her own personal role is. Bozarth's new series is off to a great start, and young girls will truly enjoy reading about Birdie and the rest of the girls about to embark on their individual quests at the Fairy Godmother Academy. Birdie's story will be just one of the many adventures that will captivate the young audience, and they can look forward to reading even more about Birdie's friend Kerka in the next installment of the series, due out this winter. Reviewer: Jeanna Sciarrotta
School Library Journal
Gr 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
Kirkus Reviews
When Sarah Bright, better known as Birdie, embarks on a three-day trip to see her long-estranged grandmother, she begins a fantastical journey. Birdie, an avid botanist, discovers a kindred spirit in her grandmother, Mo, who resides in a plant-filled home surrounded by extensive gardens. When Birdie finds The Book of Dreams in her mother's old bedroom, it leads her to an alternate world, called Aventurine. There the Queen of the Fairies informs Birdie that she descends from a long line of Arbor Lineage women-fairy godmothers that wield a green magic. As a fairy godmother-in-training, Birdie's quest involves healing the wounds of the Glimmer tree by uniting the broken pieces of the Singing Stone and thereby resolving the rift between her mother and grandmother. To aid her, Birdie relies on The Book of Dreams and her newfound friend Kerka. Bozarth's tale is a beguiling mix of magic, adventure and eco-awareness, and her message of girl-power and positive change will resonate with tween readers. This promising series is part of a multiplatform endeavor involving web-based games and social networking. (Fantasy. 8-12)

Product Details

Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Fairy Godmother Academy Series , #1
Product dimensions:
8.18(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

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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Birdie's Book 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book and I have reaf 3 of the books but it is a littje confusing becausse in #3 Zally haas just entered Adventurine and in#1 Birdie and Kerka hve Zallys map. Anyyway I hope you like it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great start to an awesome series, and the other books are amazing too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading her book.It was amazing. I love Kerka an Birdie they are a good pair.I can not wait for Kerka to go on her adventure.
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Rachael Bernstein More than 1 year ago
It was awesome
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