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The Warble (The Bernovem Chronicles Book 1)

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Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her class−she doesn’t fit in and a couple of her classmates are down right nasty to her. Simply put, her school life is miserable. But things are about to change when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift; she suddenly finds herself mysteriously transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies ...more
Kindle Edition, 378 pages
Published November 13th 2013 by Victoria Simcox (first published February 1st 2009)
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Jamie
Jun 29, 2013 Jamie rated it really liked it
This book turned out to be more fun than expected. When I got this book, I was thinking it would simply be a pre-teen/young teen book that my niece could enjoy. What I didn't expect is how much I enjoyed it!

The book starts off in current time with Kristina leaving school when her teacher gives her a hat box. That night, she hears a strange noise and soon finds herself in another world, not her own! A world filled with fairies, gnomes, dwarves and a wicked queen! She is told that she must save t
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Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Oct 16, 2009 Shellie (Layers of Thought) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: tween girls and their parents and teahcers
Recommended to Shellie (Layers of Thought) by: Pump up your Book tours
Actually 3.5 Stars
*may include spoilers for some only the beginning premise is revealed*

Kristina is a smart girl on the verge of being a teenager, but is essentially still a child. She is slightly awkward, wearing mismatched socks and a bit of an outcast at school. Her best friend is her rat, Raymond.

On the last day of school before Christmas vacation her teacher gives her a mysterious present – an unusual and light filled globe. She dismisses it until she falls into another realm through her fa
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Susanne Leist
Aug 14, 2016 Susanne Leist rated it it was amazing
A great fantasy adventure for young adults. Kristina, the bullied girl at school, receives a Christmas present from her teacher. She doesn't open it until it begins to make noise during the night. In the old hat box, she finds a rusty ball. It continues to vibrate and rolls down the laundry chute. Kristina soon follows and finds herself in another land, where there are dwarfs, gnomes, zelbocks, and an evil queen. She meets Rumalock, a dwarf, who explains to her that whoever touches the special b ...more
Renee
May 25, 2013 Renee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
My daughter (10) and I read and reviewed this book for Mother Daughter Book Reviews. She gave it 5 stars and Mom gave it 4 stars. Here's what we thought:

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The Magic Warble transports the central character in the story, Kristina, to the fantasy world of Bernovem along with three others who regularly bully her. Only there does Kristina learn that it is her destiny to break a magical spell placed on the land which has made the King disappear and which has imprisoned the Que
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Kate
Feb 10, 2010 Kate rated it really liked it
The Magic Warble is a magical tale of featuring all sorts of fantastical creatures-- from gnomes to fairies and everything in between. This incredibly creative tale follows a young girl searching for her place in the world. Thanks to some challenging adventures and amazing new friends, she learns to accept herself for who she is. This is novel was a surprise for me. I am not sure exactly what I was expecting going into the novel, but I know that whatever it was, it was not what I got. Thanks to ...more
Donna Figueroa
Jul 17, 2015 Donna Figueroa rated it it was amazing
A Fantastical Adventure

While I read many genres, I’ve read very little fantasy. However after reading Victoria Simcox’s The Warble, perhaps I’ve been missing something!
I had an immediate connection to The Warble’s young heroine Kristina; a confident young woman who feels comfortable in her own skin. She has strength, integrity and empathy that make her an excellent role model, especially for young girls. When I began reading the novel I was reminded of a favorite book from my own childhood, Mad
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Pam Funke
Sep 08, 2015 Pam Funke rated it it was amazing
The Warble was an interesting fantasy book. Though this is not my normal genre of reading, I found it to be an intriguing read. The story is clearly written for middle grade students but anyone can enjoy the book. I love how the author created the main character to be someone that many people can relate to. Though she isn't a popular kid, she learns to find the strength and power within herself. This is a powerful factor as it shows kids that no matter how bad things are in life, there is hope. ...more
Harry Fox
May 29, 2016 Harry Fox rated it it was amazing
Delightful Adventure

This is a delightful book that I would recommend for the younger set. It reminded me very much of the classic Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.
Maybe a bit like Alice in Wonderland, too, yet with a unique flavor of its own.
The tale centers around 12-year-old girl named Kristina, who is transported to a magical land by the power of the Warble, a mysterious jewel. Accompanied by her pet rat, Raymond, she meets a world of interesting creatures, to include talking animals. There
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Bridget
Nov 18, 2009 Bridget rated it it was amazing
Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Kristina considers herself to be an outcast at school. She's at the awkward age of twelve and she has no idea how to get her peers to look at her as a human being. When Christmastime comes, Kristina receives the gift of a lifetime. She travels to a magical land that includes fairies, dwarfs and talking animals.

It is Kristina's destiny to save this magical land from an evil queen. In order to do this, she must put the "Magic Warble" in its rightful p
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Celesta Thiessen
Sep 19, 2015 Celesta Thiessen rated it really liked it
Middle grade fantasy adventure. The writing style wasn't strongly enticing for me and I didn't find myself caring deeply for the characters but the plot was good.
Luna
Jun 20, 2012 Luna rated it liked it
From http://www.looneylunaravenreviews.blo...

The Magic Warble by Victoria Simcox is a juvey fiction novel geared towards children ages 9-13. After having read it, I would personally shift the age category a tad to exclude thirteen-year-olds and include eight-year-olds. While the book holds its charms I believe that it is a little too simplistic for someone entering their teens and more appropriate for a kid in their first years of middleschool. I don’t mean for this to sound like a snub but rath
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Elizabeth
Aug 24, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
This was such a charming read! It is definitely more for the middle grade reader than for the more teen oriented YA, so don't go into the book expecting instalove and love triangles (thank the lord for that!)


Here's what I loved:

- If you cross The Chronicles of Narnia with The Lord of the Rings, you get The Magic Warble
- Kristina's family is so very much what family is like when you're twelve (in most households anyway). Her parents clearly love her, but they are also clearly out of the loop when
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Heidi
Jul 11, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it
Three and a half stars: A fun, magical adventure for middle grade readers.

Kristina is dreading the last day of school before Christmas break. She tries to hide under her soft pillow and burrow deeper into her blankets, but alas her efforts fail and she is now running late. Grabbing her pet rat, Raymond, she makes a mad dash to the bus. At last, she has survived another day at school. Unfortunately for Christina, school is not always pleasant. She is often picked on, but thankfully she has Raymon
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Michele at A Belle's Tales
Feb 05, 2012 Michele at A Belle's Tales rated it it was amazing
As the mother of a 12-year-old daughter who loves to read, it can be quite difficult to find appropriate reading material for her. I can’t allow my “tween” to read all of the YA books that she would love to, due to content that is still too mature. So, I was thrilled when Victoria Simcox contacted me about reading and reviewing her book, The Magic Warble, a beautiful fantasy book geared toward middle-graders. I applaud Ms. Simcox for writing a book that contains no profanity, violence, or other ...more
Lucinda
Jun 24, 2012 Lucinda rated it really liked it
This children’s/ YA book is a story that will not fail to find a special place within its reader’s heart, hence being something that I would highly recommend as being one of the most captivating and beautiful stories that I have read within its genre. This tale is one that was utterly spellbinding and which caught my imagination with its magical originality that was totally inspired. It is character-driven and full of exciting twists and turns, within a most intriguing plot that will leave you c ...more
kenzie ♫
Feb 23, 2012 kenzie ♫ rated it it was amazing
Kristina Kingsly, a twelve-year-old girl who receives a mysterious gift from her teacher before Christmas break, is awoken one night by a buzzing noise coming from somewhere in her bedroom. The gift she was given by her teacher, Miss Hensley, came in some sort of hatbox, and she had carelessly tossed it under her bed the day before when she couldn’t open it. But now, as the buzzing seems to be growing louder… and seems to be coming from underneath her bed… Kristina pulls out the box and opens it ...more
Jennifer
Oct 10, 2009 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2010
This review was originally posted on my review blog : Falling Off The Shelf.

Kristina Kingsley has never really fit in with all of the students in her school, and always happens to be the butt of every joke. She looks forward to a day when everyone is nice to her for a change, and she's not judged by what she wears or how she looks. When she receives a mysterious Christmas present, she finds herself magically dropped, literally, into a world full of creatures thought to be fictional.

In Bernovem,
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Kristen
Mar 29, 2010 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: youngadult, signed
Why I read this: The author asked me to review her book and I saw that my friend Kate from The Neverending Shelf had read and enjoyed it, so I gave it a try. :)

Plot: Definitely has the epic feel of great children's fantasy - like The Chronicles of Narnia. I love the familiarity of the plot and how unique it was at the same time. Definitely wishing I read more fantasy lately after reading this one.

Characters: Kristina is an unlikely hero and one that steps up to the plate without much complaining
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Theresa
Sep 11, 2012 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
There is a special place in my heart for fantasy novels. I adore the idea of fairies, magic and all the creatures held in their world. The Magic Warble came to me by chance and it was wonderful fate. This story is unpredictable and griping. Just when you think that all is lost or there is an insurmountable twist, the story comes around for an amazing ending. Watch out for the surprising twist. You never know who your friends are.

The characters are wonderful. It is easy to love Kristina, the hero
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Eileen Thornton
Aug 24, 2015 Eileen Thornton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
A Charming Fantasy
Kristina is only twelve years old and is bullied by other pupils at school. However, on the last day of term, her teacher gives her a gift. At first it seems that the gift is worthless as the box refuses to open. But then, in the middle of the night, the gift reveals its true colours and transports Kristina to another world, where she finds gnomes, fairies, dwarfs and even more surprising, animals that can actually talk.
But all is not as well as it seems in this amazing world
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Gaby
Dec 10, 2009 Gaby rated it liked it
In The Magic Warble, Victoria Simcox creates a rich fantasy world full of magical creatures and villains. Bernovem has an elaborate magical world. I enjoyed the book but felt the book would have been stronger if there were more details about the nature of the quest facing "the Chosen One" (Kristina) and Prince Werrien at the start of the novel. Simcox makes clear that the Magic Warble has the power to restore the balance in Bernovem and that the land has suffered the loss of magic, but the steps ...more
William Bentrim
Nov 23, 2009 William Bentrim rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 4th, 5th and 6th graders
The Magic Warble by Victoria Simcox

A social misfit finds her self in another world where she can save a kingdom and make new friends. Kristina Kingsley is a girl who doesn’t quite fit in. Her best friend is her pet rat, Raymond. Through magic she finds herself in Bernovem, a kingdom under the sway of an evil Queen. Her adventures there comprise the story.

All kids, at some point, feel like they don’t belong. This book will appeal to anyone who has felt like they may be slightly out of step with
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V.R. McCoy
Aug 23, 2015 V.R. McCoy rated it it was amazing
The Warble
I didn’t know what to expect of this novel judging by its title, but was amazingly satisfied by its content. If you are a fan of Narnia or the Tolkien novels you will enjoy the “Warble”. I enjoyed this quest just as much as reading those other novel, Katrina, the heroines, undertakes a series of challenges in the mystical land of Bernovem, which is filled with mystical and mysterious creatures that includes fairies, gnomes and dwarfs, as she attempts to save it from a sinister and dar
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Paul Hollis
Sep 03, 2016 Paul Hollis rated it it was amazing
I was immersed in Kristina Kingsly’s world from the first page. Bernovem was so easy to visualize that it felt like I was right beside her in this imaginary land with these strange creatures. Dwarfs, gnomes and fairies fill a realm of wonderment and danger. I was mesmerized by the unique environment and meticulous characterizations. The Warble was so thoroughly enjoyable that it was impossible to put down and I finished the book in one sitting.
The Warble tells the story of a twelve year old mis
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C.L.
Jul 09, 2015 C.L. rated it it was amazing
Dwarves, fairies, a prince, talking animals, and an evil queen all spell amazing adventure for Kristina Kingsley! Although she's not part of the popular crowd, in fact she's bullied by them, the young heroine of this story has more heart, courage, and thoughtfulness than any of them. Tasked with returning The Warble (and thereby restoring balance) to it's rightful place in the magical land of Bernovem, our brave Kristina befriends and charms all manner of fantastical creature along the way. Rich ...more
Patty
Jul 27, 2015 Patty rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
The Warble brought me back to when I was a young girl haunting the library for a story that would take me on a journey far, far away. It did not disappoint. This is the sort of book that fueled my love of reading as a child. I found myself rooting for Kristina as she traveled this unknown land, caught up in situations she knew nothing about. There were a lot of lessons to be learned, trust to be built, and obstacles to overcome. The world Victoria Simcox built has a definite traditional fairy ta ...more
Rebecca
Mar 17, 2010 Rebecca rated it did not like it
This is another book that I really wanted to like (not least because I paid so much for it), but I'm sorry, it was so amateurly written I couldn't finish it. The characters were cardboard and stereotypical, their dialogue was completely unbelievable, and they and the plot were at best 'inspired by' Narnia and other classic magic fantasies. The way that all the of magical characters were addicted to 'fairy blossom' was just kind of creepy. Clearly the author has a love of writing and a love of fa ...more
Sharon Gibbs
Nov 11, 2015 Sharon Gibbs rated it it was amazing
Beware of teachers giving gifts....Unless you're ready for adventure.
I must say this was a fun read. Our heroine Kristina, is given a gift from her teacher on the last day of school. A gift which transports her to a land called Bernovem where she has the task of fulfilling a legendary prophecy.
Fun vibrant characters and plenty of challenges are what you will find inside these pages and just when you think, you know these character's traits well, something new pops up.
A fun read recommended for
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V.C. Remus
May 28, 2015 V.C. Remus rated it it was amazing
I was impressed with how this book turned out. It's labeled as a children's book, but I would not at all be surprised to find adults reading it on the train or something. Mrs. Simcox paints an imaginative, fun, and lighthearted story from beginning to end. I wasn't at all bored and left the story feeling quite pleased with my purchase. What're you waiting for, download this story!
Brian Wilkerson
Jan 05, 2016 Brian Wilkerson rated it liked it
A Trickster Eric Novels review

Victoria Simcox asked me to read her book, The Warble. It is the first in her Bernovem Chronicles series. I will examine plot, character and polish and then assign a grade.

PLOT

This is a Trapped In Another World Macguffin mission, for preteens. Kristina is transported from her world to Bergoen by a magic trinket and now she has to take it somewhere in order to go back home.

The beginning is Ease Into Adventure with a typical day for our protagonist. The school peri
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I was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother, and a Dutch immigrant father. I now lives in Western Washington with my husband, Russ and our three children, Toby, Kristina, and William. Beside being a writer, I am a home-schooling mother of thirteen years and an elementary school art teacher of twelve years.





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