Monday, August 17, 2009

The Fairy Godmother Academy: Birdie's Book by Jan Bozarth - Book Review and Giveaway

"Fairy godmothers do help people." She turned to me. "But the people you will help won't always know what you are doing. You will have a magic in your world that can make a difference, not just to people but also to the world itself. And in your case, your family - those of the Arbor Lineage - has magic that helps the green world the most." - The Fairy Godmother Academy: Birdie's Book by Jan Bozarth

When thinking of stories involving fairy godmothers, Cinderella probably comes to mind first. But how does a fairy godmother learn her trade? Author Jan Bozarth has her own ideas about fairy godmothers. In her book series, The Fairy Godmother Academy, all fairy-godmother's-in-the making must complete special quests and gain wisdom through specialized training through the Fairy Godmother Academy. Sometimes fairy-godmother's-in-training are just ordinary girls that don't even realize they possess special skills. Such is the case with a twelve-year-old girl named Birdie Cramer Bright.

Birdie doesn't have a clue what lies in store for her when she visits Mo, her long-lost grandmother. Birdie's mother, Emma, doesn't get along her Grandma Mo at all and calls her a crazy old bat. But when Birdie finally meets her grandmother for the first time, she finds that they have many things in common. They both share a love of plants and can even name species by botanical (Latin) names. During her three day visit Birdie also discovers that she belongs to the Arbor Lineage of fairy-godmothers. After she stumbles upon an old book called "The Book of Dreams" she learns more about her lineage and enters a world called Aventurine. There she makes a new friend her age named Kerka and meets several mythical creatures including the Willowood Fairies. If Birdie intends to become a fairy godmother, the fate of the Arbor Lineage and all that is green lies in her hands. With Kerka's help, she must complete a quest to save the rotting Glimmer Tree and repair her broken family talisman, the Singing Stone.

A cross between the Disney Tinkerbell stories and Harry Potter, Birdie's Book is a imaginative fantasy for tween girls. Birdie goes on an magical adventure of self-discovery, learns about responsibility and tries to encourage reconciliation between her mother and grandmother. I enjoyed the intergenerational aspect of the book (perfect for mother/daughter bookclubs), the use of a family tree and the Latin phrases sprinkled throughout the book. Scrapbook style images of birds, flowers and other objects add interest to the book, sometimes appearing as faded pictures under the text. Birdie is a highly likeable character and she makes interesting observations, comparing people to flowers (her mom is like a calla lily and her grandmother, a tiger lily).

Birdie's Book releases on August 25, 2009 and is the first book in The Fairy Godmother Academy series. The series also includes a multimedia component featuring a website and trading cards. Readers can experience the dream world of Aventurine by visiting the corresponding online website and Fairy Godmother Academy social network at

The Fairy Godmother Academy #1: Birdie's Book by Jan Bozarth, decorations by Andrea Burden. Random House Books for Young Readers (August 2009); 224 pages; ISBN 9780375851810; paperback; Ages 9-12 (tween)
Book Source: Review copy provided by for free by Creative Asylum and Random House. (View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)

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Anonymous said...

I can't enter (darn) but I had to tell you I love the sound of these books. I think my daughter will love them. Your review outlines what I thought the books would be about. Thanks

rhapsodyinbooks said...

This looks so good! If I were a fairy godmother I would like to have the talent to guide people toward what would really make them happy.

Please enter me!

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Unknown said...

If I were a fairy godmother, I would like to be able to tell the future to make sure that I am not making mistakes with my wishes.

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Jill of The O.W.L. said...

If I had one Fairy Godmother type powers I'd like to make things move just a wave of my wand. I know it sounds lazy, but some days it would just make life easier :)

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Unknown said...

If I had fairy godmother powers I would a super encourager. I always tell my kids they can always try to do things, even if it seems impossible.

I am also a follower :)


Unknown said...

I would love to be able to take away all my kids least for one day!

Alice H said...

I'd love to have the power to go backwards and forwards in time - that would really help teach lessons I think! Thanks - alicedemskehansen at

Anonymous said...

This is a fabulous giveaway. If I were a fairy godmother, I'd love to be able to speed up time to show people how things would turn out, then bring them back to the present and let them make wise decisions.


Mozi Esme said...

I'd like the ability to take away sickness. Especially AIDS in the many AIDS orphans of the world...

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bks2plz said...

I would like to offer you the opportunity to check out a new fantasy book, "Gatdeway to DreamWorld" which has received rave reviews.


ossmcalc said...

I would really like to have the ability to figure out why my 30 year old daughter is so mad at me. I can't stand the language that she uses when she talks to me. It just shouldn't be that way between a mother and a daughter.

thank you,


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I subscribe via email.

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Follow on Twitter and tweeted

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Terra Heck said...

I'd like to have the wisdom on how to obtain peace, humility, and patience for all.

Shawna L. said...

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I would like to be able to tell people what they are sick with and then be able to tell them what they must do to get cured from the sickness.

Thanks for this amazing chance to win!!!enessiv

annies home said...

I would love to be able to fly and follow my child or person everywhere they go like a fly on the wall

annies home said...

following on twitter and tweeted

holdenj said...

If I were a fairy godmother, among many things, I would like to be able to help girls help themselves to follow their dreams. Whether that means the magic of patience, perseverence or luck!

Please enter me.

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Dolphin Girl said...

I would love to win this for my sister, I think she would enjoy it. Don't we all wish we had a fairy godmother?

♥ LLL with Leslie ♥ said...

If I was a fairy god mother ...I would use my powers & plant tons of money trees :) lol


♥ LLL with Leslie ♥ said...

I follow you on twitter and I tweeted :)


♥ LLL with Leslie ♥ said...

I blogged!

mrsshukra said...

A fairygodmother who can taken emotional or physical pain away!


Jaedyn said...

What a wonderful subject for a book! :-) I suppose... I would like to be able to turn pumpkins into horse-drawn carries. ;-) No, not entirely original, LOL. Okay, if I must be original... how about my little girl's outgrown clothes into wonderful fancy dresses that fit? :-)

Birdie said...

If I was a fairy godmother I'd want a special sparkle dust to blow all the worlds troubles away with....

Anonymous said...

If I was a fairy godmother I would want to make it so that the world is a safer place for our children!!
I'm intrigued by this book since my daughter is 11; and a big fan of Harry Potter and epics of any kind!

bks2plz said...


I would like to invite you and your daughter to read my new fantasy novel, "Gateway to DreamWorld." It has received rave reviews and has a shot at becoming a movie.

Brenda Estacio

GabbyLowe said...

I'd make all my kids dreams come true and I'd make us win the mega millions this week:)

GabbyLowe said...

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Unknown said...

As Fairy Godmother, I would want to be able to grant students a glance at what their live could be like if they applied themselves and used education as a means to get ahead in this world. I would also like to be able to show them what their future would be like if they didn't.

Hopefully, I can help them become readers by sharing good books with them. Unfortunately, that's all the power I have. The good news is, that for some it works.

I have now subscribed to "Full to the Brim" on Google Reader.

Thanks for having contest.

phxbne said...

If I were a fairy godmother I would like to have the talent to help people find their passion and have the courage to follow it

Carol M said...

I wish I could make everyone be nice and helpful to each another and try to make this world a better place.
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Carol M said...

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Marie said...

I'd like to be able to help people figure out what would really make them happy!

Beth said...

If I were a Fairy Godmother, I would bring good health to all children. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Kristy said...

I would love to be able to grant wishes to children in need, that would be wonderful!

Kristy said...

Follow and tweeted-

tina reynolds said...

i would want the ability to give second chances thanks for the chance to win

Nancye said...

I would like to have the talent of granting wishes to myself or others.

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Nancye said...

I follow you on Twitter and I Tweeted

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