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 it. 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 it's final resting place. And she must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen's "zekbocks" 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.
I have to say I so enjoyed reading this book with my daughter. The adventure takes you away into a mystical world. This story is about keeping on, no matter what, it's about true friendship that sticks even when things get hard. Kristina was an ordinary girl in every way in her world, but when she was in Bernovem she was special, honored even. She made wonderful friends and learned that she was important, she was of value, and she had something to contribute.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with children, I think the story is a timeless one with a message of courage, hope and love. This is a story where the ordinary can be extraordinary, where the unlovely can be lovely, and the small can be Great!
I believe in the sun even when it is not shining. I believe in love even when I feel it not. I believe in God even when He is silent. *Written on a wall in a concentration camp*