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The charm bracelet, Emily Rodda ; illustrations by Raoul Vitale

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The charm bracelet
Title
The charm bracelet
Statement of responsibility
Emily Rodda ; illustrations by Raoul Vitale
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Illustrator
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Language
eng
Summary
When Jessies searches for her ill grandmother's missing charm bracelet, she is led into a magical world and finds she has a reason and right to be there
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Review
  • Gr. 2-5. Although this is for a slightly younger audience than her Rowan of Rin books, Rodda’s latest, first in the new Fairy Realm series, will also have kids sitting on the edge of their seats. Every 50 years or so (“once in a blue moon”), the magic of the Realm must be renewed to prevent the evil trolls of Outland from overtaking the kindly creatures of the land. The person entrusted with renewing the magic is the Realm’s true queen, Jessica, who, years before, fell in love with a mortal and moved to his world, promising to return at the blue moon to renew the Realm’s magic. Taking advantage of the situation, evil cousin Valda intervenes, hoping to destroy the Realm. It’s Jessica’s spunky granddaughter, Jessie, who comes to the rescue. Cats, one good and the other evil; a talking horse; a nervous elf; and a “cloak of invisibility” aid Jessie in assisting her weak, aged grandmother in fulfilling her queenly obligation. Intergenerational teamwork and a girl’s levelheaded thinking combine with intrigue and imagination in this exciting fantasy. (Reviewed January 1, 2003) -- Ellen Mandel
  • Gr 1-4 –Jessie's grandmother's health is failing rapidly and the woman seems unconcerned that the charm bracelet she always wore is missing. She knows she had something important to do before her upcoming 70th birthday, but she can't remember what. In a parallel world, the fairies are trying to save their kingdom from an evil ruler. Jessie accidentally travels to that world, becomes embroiled in their struggles, and saves the day by retrieving the magical charm bracelet, thereby restoring her grandma's memory of her connection to the fairy world and what she must do. It's all a bit predictable, but beginning chapter-book readers will appreciate Jessie's take-charge attitude to defeat the evil usurper and revel in her success at saving her grandmother and the fairy kingdom. Geared toward transitional readers, the short chapters each begin with one full-page, black-and-white illustration, aptly showing the magic of the book.–Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI --Debbie Whitbeck (Reviewed August 1, 2003) (School Library Journal, vol 49, issue 8, p140)
  • Rodda (Rowan of Rin series) launches the Fairy Realm series with this taut, engaging fantasy tale. Jessie visits her maternal grandmother, Jessica, at Blue Moon, a rambling old house with a "secret garden" where Jessie feel safe and peaceful. For five years, the woman has lived alone, since the death of her husband, a renowned artist who painted scenes featuring castles, fairy princesses, elves and miniature horses. Jessie shares more with her grandmother than a name: each always seems to know how the other is feeling. Suddenly Jessie becomes aware that her grandmother, who has been weakened by a fall, is in some kind of grave trouble and that she must help her. Following a voice beckoning her to the secret garden one night, Jessie is transported to a fairyland that she recognizes from one of her grandfather's paintings—his last. Rodda deftly fits together the pieces of a creatively complex puzzle whose fragments include a missing charm bracelet, a cloak that renders the wearer invisible and a secret spell that must be used—once in a blue moon—to renew the magic in the land of Jessica's birth. Despite what sound like familiar elements, an intriguing plot and appealing characters make this a sure choice for budding fantasy fans. Readers will likely wish to accompany Jessie on her second adventure, The Flower Fairies , due out the same month. Ages 7-10. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed February 10, 2003) (Publishers Weekly, vol 250, issue 6, p188)
  • Writing for a younger audience, the Aussie author of the "Rowan of Rin" series sends a human child to rescue a fairy land about to be overrun by, as one hysterical elf puts it, "trolls and—ogres and—goblins—and dragons—and—giants—and—monsters—and—and—." Searching for her failing grandmother's prized charm bracelet, young Jessie stumbles into a realm that bears an astonishing resemblance to the paintings her grandpa used to create before his death. As it turns out, Jessie's grandmother is not only a former resident, but heir to that country's throne—and so the only one who can renew the spell that keeps the baddies at bay. Giving Jessie a talking pony and other allies, an invisibility cloak, a fast-approaching deadline, and an imposter claimant with nefarious intentions, Rodda tells a suspenseful, well-knit tale, enlivened by humor and heroism, climaxed by a clever ruse and some nick-of-time spell casting. Though restored to youth and beauty when brought back to her land, Jessica's grandmother opts to go back with her granddaughter to the world of humans—but Jessica, now with a charm bracelet of her own, is definitely slated for future visits. The series has been running overseas for several years, and to judge from its opener, should have made the jump long ago. (final illustrations not seen) (Fiction. 7-9) (Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2003)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
103185
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rodda, Emily
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Grades 3-4
Interest level
LG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 1
  • 4
Reading level
4.3
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Vitale, Raoul
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Fairy realm
Series volume
bk. 1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Grandmothers
  • Fairies
  • Bracelets
  • Magic
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The charm bracelet, Emily Rodda ; illustrations by Raoul Vitale
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Sequel: The flower fairies
  • Originally published: Sidney, N.S.W. : ABC Books, 2000
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
First Harper Trophy edition.
Extent
113, 5 pages
Isbn
9781442019164
Lccn
bl2009015355
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
The charm bracelet, Emily Rodda ; illustrations by Raoul Vitale
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Sequel: The flower fairies
  • Originally published: Sidney, N.S.W. : ABC Books, 2000
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
First Harper Trophy edition.
Extent
113, 5 pages
Isbn
9781442019164
Lccn
bl2009015355
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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