Over the course of the next few weeks, I'll be posting my Fluberbia Novel with lessons, activities and full text! I hope you and your students enjoy them. The entire unit can be purchased in workbook form, inclusive of novel -- on Amazon by clicking the cover at left -- or you can wait and get each chapter here. Chapter 2 below and the lessons are at the end of the post! This is a great classroom read for both girls and boys.
Chapter 2 Down to Fluberbia
She tried to stand, but the giants would not let her. The tall men groaned at her and, without a word, plucked her from the ground and spun her around.
She noticed she was in a forest of sorts. Tall, towering trees cast shadows from the setting moon. And it was warm. The snow was gone and a summer breeze felt good on her shivering body.
“Put me down,” she demanded, finding the courage to speak, “and please tell me where we are.”
A light flashed before her and from out of the glowing moon-filled blackness leapt a small figure, with wings and a golden crown. Janie gasped.
“You are in Fluberbia,” the beautiful creature spoke as she landed in front of the girl.
Janie could see she was a girl herself, a beautiful girl with brown hair and brown eyes and glowing wings and the best crown Janie had ever seen.
The creature walked all 360 degrees around Janie and back to the spot where she first floated. “You are not a Ephorian,” she said finally.
“I most certainly am not!” Janie replied indignantly. She did not know what a Ephorian was but by the tone of the mesmerizing creature’s voice, she did not think she wanted to be one.
The creature seemed satisfied and motioned with a twinkly pink and yellow wand. The tall men released Janie.
She landed in a thump.
“Ouch,” she looked up. “You didn’t have to drop me,” she said rubbing her bottom.
The fairy-like creature circled her again. Janie straightened her pajamas.
“I am Princess Julia,” the fairy spoke at last. “I am the twin daughter of the great King of Fluberbia.”
Julia paused – as if waiting. Janie remembered her manners. “I’m Janie,” she said looking around. “Where am I?”
“You don’t know?” Julia asked, her curiosity sparked. Perhaps she is the one, the fairy thought, careful not to get too excited at the prospect. “This is Fluberbia!” she said waving her arms around, “and that is my home.”
She stepped aside, and for the first time, Janie noticed the most exquisite and enormous castle she had ever seen sitting high atop a hill behind the fairy. The sun was rising in the background and its edges seemed to glow.
“Wow,” Janie exclaimed. “So, like, you’re a fairy princess?”
“I prefer the term aeronautically gifted princess,” Julia said.
“Okaaay, aeronautically gifted princess. Interesting, but more importantly, does that wand do magic?” Janie asked.
“Then do you think you can use it to get me back home?” Janie inquired. Her stomach was churning. Zia would be so worried and Janie didn’t like being in strange places all alone.
“In theory,” Julia said slowly.
“How ‘bout in reality?” Janie felt the butterflies in her stomach turn to giant bats.
“It is kind of broken,” Julia said.
“Can you get it fixed?” Janie asked practically. “Do people do that here?”
“It isn’t that easy,” Julia said.
“Figures,” Janie sighed. “Story of my short life.”
“It is more cursed than broken,” Julia responded sadly.
“Well, that’s a bummer,” Janie said.
“It is indeed,” Julia said. “See, I was born a twin and the Empress Ephora, my great-aunt, was forced to bestow her magical powers on me, through this wand but also with a special wink of the eye. My parents thought the magic of each, the eye and the wand, could work alone. Separately.”
“Something tells me they your parents were wrong,” Janie said.
“To the extreme. We discovered the powers were not supposed to be separated – after it was too late,” Julia, tired of fluttering, landed. “My parents only wanted it to be fair. Claire didn’t get any magic at all. They didn’t know trying to give her some of mine would be breaking the rules.”
“There are rules about who can have magic?” Janie asked, somewhat surprised.
“I’ll say. And the number one rule here – is the oldest twin gets the magic. Claire is, and must always remain, only a princess.”
“You make that sound like a bad thing,” Janie said, confused as to why being a princess of any kind would be bad.
“My parents got this idea that my sister Claire and I could share the magic,” Julia rolled her eyes. “Being the King and Queen and all, they sort of thought they were above the rules, so they made me give Claire the wand. I had the nose twitch, after all. They thought she could use the wand power and I could use my other powers.”
“In your parent’s defense, it does make sense.”
“It was horrible. The skies opened up and crashed with explosive light for ten days. These horrible wings grew out of my back and our parents were taken by Ephora’s flying zebras to a tower on the highest peak of Ne’r’goup Mountain.”
“That seems harsh,” Janie said, almost forgetting her own problem.
“It seems Ephora was just waiting for us to break a rule. Her goal is to seize Fluberbia. That was almost a year ago.”
“So did she seize it?” Janie asked.
“Nope. Claire and I have managed to fend her off, even without our parents around.”
“Holy cow! Without your parents! Who takes care of you and your sister?” Janie asked, knowing how frightened and sad she would be without her parents. Janie guessed this princess was not older than seven or eight. How can seven-year-olds live without parents? she thought.
“We take care of each other, with the help of Jim and Jack of course.” Julia nodded to the two giants who Janie, er met, upon her arrival.
Janie looked over at the men and her anxiety relaxed a bit. “If they are just in a tower, can’t they be rescued?”
“In theory,” Julia used that word again and Janie realized it was probably not that easy or they would be free by now.
“There’s that word again,” Janie said uncomfortably.
“The highest peak of Ne’r’goup Mountain is surrounded by a lake of smoldering snot, the smoldering snot is surrounded by the Enchanted Forest and the forest is guarded by an enormous Cinderbeast, maybe beasts, plural. We are not sure. There is only one road up the hill and the only one to have ever been to the peak and return is my great aunt, the Empress Ephora. So in theory, yes, but in practice...”
Janie fought back her tears. She was sad for the princesses to be without parents, but she suddenly realized that she may be without parents as well. For all she knew there was no way back home.
“But…” Julia began again.
“But! But is good,” Janie’s hopes returned a bit. “Tell me about but.”
“Just how did you get here?” Princess Julia held her breath waiting for the answer. She dared not believe it so, at least not until she heard the words.
“I’m not really sure,” Janie began. “I couldn’t sleep so I got up and this light from outside caught my eye. I couldn’t tell what it was, so I went outside, across the street and up to this old building and there was this flower, this beautiful purple violet. It filled the air with the most wonderful violet smell and I had to get more. I bent down to get a bigger whiff. I felt car sick and the next thing I know, your buddies here are picking me, not so gently, off the ground.” She looked at the big guys beside her.
“Sorry,” one said.
“You can’t be too careful,” added the other.
“You fell through the flower!” Princess Julia breathed more than spoke. Then she got on her knees in front of Janie. “We have been waiting for you.”
The fairy bowed deeply.
“I what?” Janie moved towards Princess Julia. “Will you please stand up and tell me what you are talking about when you say I fell through the flower; because that’s just a little odd and more than slightly impossible.”
Julia rose slowly, now in awe of Janie. She never thought ‘the one’ would actually come. To tell the truth, she wasn’t even sure ‘the one’ really existed or if it was just a story told by the elders to keep the younger generation hopeful.
“You fell through the flower! Literally. Bent down to smell and swoop – here you are. You are the one. The one who can help Claire rescue our parents!”
Janie took a step backwards. “I think you have me mistaken for someone with a whole different set of skills,” she said. “I’m supposed to make gingerbread houses tomorrow and my family will be worried when they find out I’m not in my bed. My Zia is going to flip.”
“But the legend of the forest says you are the one. The one of the beguiling and magical flower. You are the only one who can safely lead Claire past the Ogre, through the forest and over the deadly snot.”
“Deadly!?” Janie gulped. “Snot sounds gross enough, but deadly. I’m not crossing anyone’s snot. Double true if it’s deadly!”
The winged princess just ignored her. “You have come!” Julia leapt at Janie, took her in her arms and jumped up and down excitedly. “Besides,” she finally said, “it is the only way you can get home.”
Link to Lessons in Chapter 2