Yellow-billed Magpie by Nancy Schoellkopf | Review and Giveaway

Nancy Schoellkopf's novel, Yellow-billed MagpieSynopsis: 

Unlike their black-billed cousins, yellow-billed magpies are rarely found outside California’s central valley. So when they begin showing up in Samantha O’Malley’s dreams, she wonders: are they calling me home?

Disappointed by failed fertility treatments and the break-up of her marriage, Samantha returns to her home town and slips into old habits, resuming her teaching career, even hooking up with an old lover. But she also renews her friendship with Craig, the school custodian she honors as her spiritual guide. The work they do together with Samantha’s special education students will lead her to discoveries she never thought possible.

Yellow-Billed Magpie is a love story, a spiritual journey, a quest to look beyond appearances to the mystical rhythms that guide the human heart.


Book Details:
  Yellow-billed Magpie

Author: Nancy Schoellkopf
Genre: Fiction | Science Fiction | Fantasy | Magical Realism
Publisher:  Butterfly Tree Publishing
iRead Book Tours logoRelease Date: August 3, 2015
Format: Paperback
Pages: 216
ISBN: 0692445730
Source: Author and iRead Book Tours

Yellow-Billed Magpie

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of Yellow-billed Magpie from the author and iRead Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are mine.

With a background as a special education teacher and a writer of poetry, Nancy Schoellkopf is now enjoying the writing life as a novelist. Yellow-billed Magpie recently debuted in bookstores, on the Internet, and in the hands of those of us privileged to be part of Nancy’s virtual book tour.

As a reader and a writer, I enjoyed the lightness and simplicity of Nancy’s threading her experiences as a special education teacher with those of her main character, Samantha O’Malley. Perhaps there could have been more depth given Samantha’s character by exploring the gifts and struggles of teachers teaching those among us who have their own challenges. Yet, Nancy allowed wisdom and thoughtfulness shine through in her character instead.

Samantha has had her ups and downs in life and returns to her hometown to start her life over. In so doing, she encounters an old friend, Craig, the school custodian. Craig soon becomes Samantha’s spiritual guide in her new existence while at the same time Samantha reconnects with a former lover. Not allowing her book to fall into the “romance” genre, Nancy cleverly makes the reignited romance fall behind the more inspiring story of Samantha’s dreams and Craig’s impact on her life.

Without giving too much away here, Samantha’s dreams are filled with yellow-billed magpies, Craig offers up lots of surprises, and Samantha’s love for her students makes for a better world for them. I believe this is exactly what Nancy Schoellkopf wants you to find in reading Yellow-billed Magpie. 

My only disappointment is that the book ended much too soon. I would have enjoyed knowing more about how Samantha’s return home may have changed her life.


No matter your spiritual formation or journey in life, Nancy Schoellkopf’s book brings us to a spiritualism and wisdom many have misplaced or forgotten along life’s pathway. The interaction among the characters is at times touching and poignant, especially with Samantha’s students. And Craig’s impact on Samantha’s return home to a better life is genuine yet mystical. Read the book? YES! Get the rest of the story? In the book? YES!




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Author Nancy SchoellkopfMeet the Author:

Nancy Schoellkopf has been telling stories and writing poems for many lifetimes. It goes without saying she’s needed a second income, so this time around she happily taught amazing children in special education classes in two urban school districts in Sacramento, California. A full time writer now, she enjoys lavishing attention on her cat, her garden and her intriguing circle of family and friends.

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2 thoughts on “Yellow-billed Magpie by Nancy Schoellkopf | Review and Giveaway

  1. Hi Sherrey–thanks so much for your lovely review! I’m actually glad you think the book ended too soon, because there just happens to be a sequel. Maybe even two! I’ll keep you posted. All the best–Nancy


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