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Bella's Gift (Bella Sara Series #1)
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Bella's Gift (Bella Sara Series #1)

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by Felicity Brown, Heather Theurer (Illustrator)

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Journey to the world of magical horses . . .

The majestic mare Bella must enlist the help of Fiona, Thunder, Jewel, and Nike to save an imprisoned girl and her animal friends from an evil presence in North of North.


Journey to the world of magical horses . . .

The majestic mare Bella must enlist the help of Fiona, Thunder, Jewel, and Nike to save an imprisoned girl and her animal friends from an evil presence in North of North.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cara Chancellor
Based on the girls' trading card game by the same name, this first book in the "Bella Sara" series tells the story of Jillian, a young girl abandoned by her parents and trapped into serving the evil Ivenna of Styginmoor Castle. Jillian's only friends are the magical small animals—twinkle imps, tomtommes, and bobolinks—who have been captured as fellow slaves by Ivenna's fearsome wolf guard. Her sole possession is a journal, supposedly left by her parents, in which she draws pictures of her friends and other creatures in the forest. When she is assigned to guard a newly captured pink otter that she sketched only that morning, however, Jillian learns the truth: her journal does not just draw animals, it draws them to her� and Ivenna's clutches! Determined to help the creatures she has endangered, Jillian must trust Conall—a mute wolf guard who refuses to participate in the others' atrocities—with a vital mission to contact the magical white mare Bella and rescue her friends. In addition to six new books, the "Bella Sara" universe includes trading cards, stuffed animals, and a web page that allows visitors to "adopt" and "care for" horses using codes provided with merchandise. Brown's first novel, featuring traceable pencil illustrations of magical horses and other creatures, will be eagerly welcomed by followers of the game. It also stands credibly as a story in its own right, although little history is provided abut the horses, and the majority of its conflicts are resolved in a rapid, card-trumps-card fashion. While the book's heavy female focus—heroes are pink, sparkly, and jeweled—may preclude it from general classroom use, it could be an ideal enticementto reluctant readers drawn to other aspects of the "Bella Sara" world. Reviewer: Cara Chancellor

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Bella Sara Series , #1
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.40(d)
720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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Bella's Gift (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it is 121 pages long but it has big print and good Characters! it was funny at the end i cant wait to get bella sara 2!
martyjets_girl More than 1 year ago
My daughter is beginning the fourth grade this fall (2009). She is a BUNDLE of energy and barely enough focus and concentration to read a short chapter in any book let alone an entire book. I purchased this for her as she loves horses, thinking that it might hold her interest long enough for her to finish it before summer's end. From the time she picked it up and began reading, she was RIVETED. She couldn't put it down. She cried when I took it from her at bedtime (I caught her reading under the sheet). She finished it on day two asking me if I had also purchased Bella Sara books #2 & 3! So many good things come with a true love of reading; what a great start she has with this one.
ChloeAnne More than 1 year ago
I liked this book a lot. It is a good book for girls my age (second grade). It was exciting and I really liked the ending. I got the #1 and #3 right after Christmas and I can't wait for my next 2 books to come.
Rated by Chloe - 7 years old
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My rating is EXACTLY correct. It is a very good book for the ages listed, but it would probably seem boring to people who are already in Middle School.  Despite this, I think Conall's lesson is a very good one. It teaches younger people about doing whats right instead of always trying to fit the expectations. Not something an older girl needs to learn, though. The only thing I don't like about it is how the wolves are pure evil. I mean, really, no one could be that bad to the core. I loved Conall when I used to read this, and I definitely recommend this to Bella Sara lovers.