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The Tragical Tale of Birdie Bloom

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In the fairy-tale kingdom of Wanderly, everyone has a role.

Birdie Bloom is a Tragical—an orphan doomed to an unhappy ending.

Agnes Prunella Crunch is a witch. The wicked kind.

In Wanderly, a meeting between a witch and a Tragical can only end one way: tragically. But lately, Birdie and Agnes have both been searching for something more. And with the help of some mysterious Wi
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ebook, 368 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by HarperCollins
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Jessica
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy, own
Whimsical adventure in a land ruled "by the book." If you're an orphan, you'll have a gloomy life and come to a tragical end. If you're a witch? You're definitely wicked. Because that's how things are in books! But what if you . . . don't want to die a tragic orphan? Alone and friendless? What if you're a witch who is tired of doing the same stupid spells over and over?

That's where this book comes in. Also, the book within this book. Because orphan Birdie Bloom isn't going to take her Tragical
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Mrs. Europaea
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can relate to Birdie Bloom. Birdie is an eight year old orphan stuck in this awful house, with awful adults training her for the day she will have to sacrifice her life for a triumphant. That is, until the Winds of Wanderly step in and Foulweather's Home for the Tragical is thrown into utter chaos.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. What Beltz does well is she really knows how to write an engaging story for young children without using crude and gross language that I see all too often with
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Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
DNF @ Page 72

I had high hopes for this. Now, I didn't not enjoy this. The writing style was amazing and I loved the footnotes. This book lacked one thing, in my opinion. A plot. I hope others enjoy this more than I did! 😊😊
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Birdie Bloom lives under the iron fist of Mistress Octavia at Foulweather’s Home for the Tragical, where she is constantly reminded that she will meet a horrible and tragical death when she’s finally released from the Home. But, unbeknownst to Mistress Octavia, Birdie has found something very special, and very secret: a book about friendship, that has no ending.

Agnes Prunella Crunch is the wickedest of wicked witches. She has spent an entire year combing for the vilest of spells and magic, but
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Keshia
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
@kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network, publisher @harpercollinsch, and author #temrebeltz for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. I finished this book in the sunshine this week, which would seem to contradict the title of this book! But, as the book tells us itself, this is not an entirely tragical tale. Birdie is an orphan, and in Wanderly orphans are destined for tragic endings. This seems to be the path that Birdie and the other children will follo ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
The Tragical Tale of Birdie Bloom by Temre Beltz, 368 pages. Harper Collins, MAY 2019. $17.

Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (some scary scenes)

BUYING ADVISORY: EL - ADVISABLE

AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE

Birdie Bloom knows her lot in life is to be a tragical figure with a short life, in order to protect the rest of the citizens from bad ends to their tales. Agnes Crunch has been an evil, smelly, warty witch for a very long time, but now she is feeling discontented – bored, you might say. B
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Ms. Yingling
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
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This reminded me a bit of Ruth Chew or Glovach's The Little Witch's Black Magic Cookbook in its depiction of witches. (Agnes has a wart on her nose, smelly socks, etc.) Some shades of Lemony Snicket, with Birdie at the orphanage. This had a more elementary tone and set up. My readers want to think of themselves as having magic, so want the witches to read about be powerful or glamorous. Books like Nichols The Apprentice Witch or Little's Bliss are more what I'm looking f
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Shari
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars for THE TRAGICAL TALE OF BIRDIE BLOOM!
What a fun and fantastical story Temre Beltz has woven! I love this adorable twist on the traditional fairy tale! The story begins with the "typical" sad orphan/ mean witch, but with delightful footnotes, and many dramatic and hilarious twists and turns, this tale shows how hope, courage, and especially friendship can beat the odds and change one's "fate." Reading this book is truly like watching an artist sketch and then color in a beautiful work o
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Susie Alexander
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps the most creative book I have ever read. Incredible vocabulary and use of language. Characters come to life, as we see unlikeliest of friendships develop. Use of footnotes fills this book with creative sidelines. I loved it!
Stephanie
I adore this book with my whole heart. I hope you will, too! <3
Anna Bright
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
an absolutely perfect middle grade. heartfelt, whimsical, and absolutely hilarious. i highly recommend!
R.K. Cowles
4 1/2 stars. A goodreads giveaway. A whimsical, wicked and delightful tale.
OjoAusana
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, favorite-books
The best magical fantasy book I’ve read since The School of Good and Evil! A original twist on fairytale worlds and the people who live in them. I loved everything about this book, the footnotes are adorable and useful, the characters were great, the plot is good and it’s an overall cute, adventurous and humorous book!
Kate Waggoner
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
@kidlitexchange #partner
Thank you to the @kidlitexchange network for the advance copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

The Tragical Tale of Birdie Bloom is a fun, whimsical, and not so tragical story of magic and friendship. Birdie is a nine-year-old orphan living with seventeen other orphans at Foulweather’s Home for the Tragical in the word of Wanderly. Wanderly is ruled by the “by the book.” This means that your endings are already pre-determined. Tragicals will die horrible deaths, Tr
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Molly
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
It's perfect: funny, heartfelt, poignant, and smart. I want to time-travel backwards and give this book to my 9-year-old kid self to read because she would have loved it with her whole heart. I guess I'll settle for sharing it with every kid I know now instead.
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