Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Review: The Magic Warble by Victoria Simcox

Whew, I'm the last stop on Victoria Simcox's Virtual Book Tour for The Magic Warble Sponsored by Pump Up Your Book Promotion.  Many apologies to Ms. Simcox and Pump Up Your Book for the delay in posting this review.  Thank you all so much for sending me a copy of the book for review.

First, a bit about Victoria Simcox:
Victoria, known as Vicki, was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother, and a Dutch immigrant father. She has one older sister. When she was 7, Vicki moved with her family to British Columbia—then in her early twenties to Western Washington, where she now resides in Marysville WA. She has been married for almost 20 years and has 3 children. For the past 10 years, she has home schooled her children, and she also teaches elementary school art. Her other family members are, a Chihuahua, named Pipsy, 2 cats, named Frodo and Fritz, and 1 parakeet, named Pauly. She did have a pet rat named Raymond; when she started writing The Magic Warble, but sad to say, he has since passed away of old age. Vicki enjoys writing, reading, painting watercolors, good movies and just hanging out with friends and family. Her favorite author is C.S. Lewis, and one of her fondest memories is when she was 12. She would sit at the kitchen table, and read the Chronicles of Narnia to her mother while she cooked dinner. These magical stories were very dear to Vicki, and she remembers wishing, If only I could go to Narnia like Lucy and Susan. Vicki hopes that maybe she can touch someone with her story in a similar way. You can visit her website at

The Magic Warble
By: Victoria Simcox
Publisher: Two Harbors Press
Ages: 9-12
276 pages

    Twelve year old Kristina is a very less than extraordinary girl who has something quite extraordinary happen to her.  On the last day of school before Christmas break, she is gifted with a mysterious colored ball from her teacher.  Soon after, she finds herself along with her pet rat, babysitter and two other children who bully her, in a strange land called Bernovem, where all sorts of fantastical creatures live and even common animals are able to talk.  Kristina learns that she is the chosen one to return this magical ball, called the magic warble, to its resting place.  Along her journey, which is a perilous one indeed, she meets many people and creatures, some who help her and some who are only there to lead her astray.  One such person is the former prince of Bernovem, a boy named Werrien.  He becomes her friend and fellow traveler to restore peace to Bernovem by getting rid of the evil Queen Sentiz.  However, Sentiz and her zelbocks, who are nasty, vicious creatures are there to foil their plans in every way.

    The Magic Warble was a very enjoyable read.  I truly got caught up in all the drama of the journey, having my hopes dashed whenever Kristina's were and feeling joy when things went well.  I can relate to how Kristina must have felt having practically no friends, the loneliness of a pre-teen existence and how important it would have made her feel to serve such a useful purpose.  I also found myself tearing up at the end when she had to make difficult decisions as well.  The Magic Warble was an action-packed, emotional book with a satisfying ending.  Well done, Ms. Simcox!

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