Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself magically transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and the evil Queen Sentiz.
In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she’s honored as “the chosen one” the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz’s control. But it’s not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous “Magic Warble” in its final resting place. And she must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen’s “zelbocks” before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, as well as an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart.
This is a very cute story! I loved slipping back into my childhood and feeling as if I were reading my first fantasy novel! I would definitely recommend this book to kids ages 9-12 that are looking to dip their toes into the fantasy genre. As a grown-up, I did recognize a few cliched characters but that didn't stop me from immersing myself into the story! The plot was well developed, for a kid's book. The characters are also well done. I did enjoy seeing Kristin evolve as the story progressed. It was a quick read that made me smile on several occasions!
My rating: 4/5