The Charm Bracelet (Fairy Realm Series #1)
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The Charm Bracelet (Fairy Realm Series #1)

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by Emily Rodda, Raoul Vitale

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When Jessie visits her grandmother's house, Blue Moon, she discovers an amazing secret, and enters the Fairy Realm for the first time. All kinds of magical beings live in the Realm, and a noble Queen in a great golden palace rules them all.

But the Realm is in danger, and Jessie must outwit an evil enemy to save it before it's destroyed forever!

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When Jessie visits her grandmother's house, Blue Moon, she discovers an amazing secret, and enters the Fairy Realm for the first time. All kinds of magical beings live in the Realm, and a noble Queen in a great golden palace rules them all.

But the Realm is in danger, and Jessie must outwit an evil enemy to save it before it's destroyed forever!

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Publishers Weekly
Rodda (Rowan of Rin series) launches the Fairy Realm series with this taut, engaging fantasy tale. Jessie visits her maternal grandmother, Jessica, at Blue Moon, a rambling old house with a "secret garden" where Jessie feel safe and peaceful. For five years, the woman has lived alone, since the death of her husband, a renowned artist who painted scenes featuring castles, fairy princesses, elves and miniature horses. Jessie shares more with her grandmother than a name: each always seems to know how the other is feeling. Suddenly Jessie becomes aware that her grandmother, who has been weakened by a fall, is in some kind of grave trouble and that she must help her. Following a voice beckoning her to the secret garden one night, Jessie is transported to a fairyland that she recognizes from one of her grandfather's paintings-his last. Rodda deftly fits together the pieces of a creatively complex puzzle whose fragments include a missing charm bracelet, a cloak that renders the wearer invisible and a secret spell that must be used-once in a blue moon-to renew the magic in the land of Jessica's birth. Despite what sound like familiar elements, an intriguing plot and appealing characters make this a sure choice for budding fantasy fans. Readers will likely wish to accompany Jessie on her second adventure, The Flower Fairies, due out the same month. Ages 7-10. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This first book in Rodda's "Fairy Realm" series lures middle readers into an engrossing fantasy world. Young Jessie and her mother are visiting Jessie's Grandmother in hopes of persuading her to move from her beloved home, called Blue Moon, but Jessie has no idea of the adventure that lies in store. It turns out her ailing grandmother is actually a queen from the fairy realm and the realm will be overrun by evil forces if the queen does not return to renew the magic, an event that takes place every 50 years or "once in a blue moon." However, Grandma's missing charm bracelet (the source of her memories) and her weakened condition from an injury prevent her from making the trip. Instead, Jessie is pulled into the fairy realm by mistake and has only two days to defeat the evil fairy Velda and find a way to return her grandmother so that the realm may be saved. The imaginative creatures who help Jessie on her way are appealing and fanciful. A talking horse, a nervous elf and a cloak of invisibility all help Jessie on her quest to save the fairy realm. A fast-moving, compelling fantasy adventure, this novel will attract readers, in particular girls in grades 3-5. 2000, Harper Collins,
— Sharon Oliver
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Jessie's grandmother's health is failing rapidly and the woman seems unconcerned that the charm bracelet she always wore is missing. She knows she had something important to do before her upcoming 70th birthday, but she can't remember what. In a parallel world, the fairies are trying to save their kingdom from an evil ruler. Jessie accidentally travels to that world, becomes embroiled in their struggles, and saves the day by retrieving the magical charm bracelet, thereby restoring her grandma's memory of her connection to the fairy world and what she must do. It's all a bit predictable, but beginning chapter-book readers will appreciate Jessie's take-charge attitude to defeat the evil usurper and revel in her success at saving her grandmother and the fairy kingdom. Geared toward transitional readers, the short chapters each begin with one full-page, black-and-white illustration, aptly showing the magic of the book.-Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Writing for a younger audience, the Aussie author of the "Rowan of Rin" series sends a human child to rescue a fairy land about to be overrun by, as one hysterical elf puts it, "trolls and-ogres and-goblins-and dragons-and-giants-and-monsters-and-and-." Searching for her failing grandmother's prized charm bracelet, young Jessie stumbles into a realm that bears an astonishing resemblance to the paintings her grandpa used to create before his death. As it turns out, Jessie's grandmother is not only a former resident, but heir to that country's throne-and so the only one who can renew the spell that keeps the baddies at bay. Giving Jessie a talking pony and other allies, an invisibility cloak, a fast-approaching deadline, and an imposter claimant with nefarious intentions, Rodda tells a suspenseful, well-knit tale, enlivened by humor and heroism, climaxed by a clever ruse and some nick-of-time spell casting. Though restored to youth and beauty when brought back to her land, Jessica's grandmother opts to go back with her granddaughter to the world of humans-but Jessica, now with a charm bracelet of her own, is definitely slated for future visits. The series has been running overseas for several years, and to judge from its opener, should have made the jump long ago. (final illustrations not seen) (Fiction. 7-9)

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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Fairy Realm Series, #1
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Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Emily Rodda has written many books for children, including Finders Keepers, which School Library journal dubbed "a lively adventure," and several novels about the likable hero Rowan. The first of these novels, Rowan of Rin, won the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for Younger Readers Award when it was first published. In fact, Emily Rodda has won the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award an unprecedented five times. A former editor, Ms. Rodda is also the best-selling author of adult mysteries under the name Jennifer Rowe. She lives in Australia.

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The Charm Bracelet (Fairy Realm Series #1) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am the mother of a 9 year old girl, who happens to be blind. One of our favorite activities is for me to read to her. We picked up this book only a few days ago and we both enjoyed it! It is engaging, innocent, charming full of suspense. We will definately be getting the rest of the series!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a good book and the series is so good that i am looking for somewhere to buy the whole set!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do you believe in fairies? Even if you don't, this 'charming' book will enchant you from start to finish. In The Charm Bracelet, Emily discovers a magical world called the Realm that is filled with fairies, gnomes,and all sorts of other magical creatures.But the realm is in trouble, and Emily is its' last hope! Can Emily and her fairy friends save the entire kingdom before it's too late? You will have to read to read this wonderful fairy tale by Emily Rodda to find out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has a little thrill and a little chill without being too frightening. We (my 6 year old and I) love it. It is fun to collect the series. We home school and have decided to use it as an extension project. You can plant your own secret garden, learn about the author and enjoy the story as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i give this book 100 rating it makes you wnat 2 read your whole life its very exciting
Guest More than 1 year ago
oh my god this book was awsom i couldnt put it down i actually got it from a frend but she likes it 2 so i read it also and it was awsom. i didnt like it cause it was all pretty predictable. you could tell that if it was a sad ending that the athor wood rite mor but yeah
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very sweet book, it was wonderful the way the little girl had so much in common with her grandmother and how she helps her not to always remember...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a great hit for me! At the begining, you just want to read more to see what happens' next. At the middle, it's a little sad, because your thinking, 'Oh, what if the bad guy gets away with it's plan, and there isn't a happy ending.' But the ending is the best part! Because there is a happy ending! And when I read it, my heart was exploding with happyness!