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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

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Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn't... then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.

With exquisite illustrations by acclaimed artist Ana Juan, Fairyland lives up to the sensation it created when the author first posted it online. For readers of all ages who love the charm of Alice in Wonderland and the soul of The Golden Compass, here is a reading experience unto itself: unforgettable, and so very beautiful.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Fiction title for 2011.

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"A glorious balancing act between modernism and the Victorian Fairy Tale, done with heart and wisdom." Neil Gaiman, Newbery Award-winning author of The Graveyard Book

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"This is a kind of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by way of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland — it's the sort of book one doesn't want to end." Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

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"[Fairyland creates] a world as bizarre and enchanting as any Wonderland or Oz and a heroine as curious, resourceful and brave as any Alice or Dorothy. Complex, rich and memorable." Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

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"This book is quite simply a gold mine." Booklist, Starred Review

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"Amusing, wrenching, and thought-provoking." The Horn Book

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"One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century." Lev Grossman, Time magazine

About the Author

Catherynne M. Valente is the author of over a dozen books of fiction and poetry, and is best-known for her urban speculative fiction, including Palimpsest (winner of the 2010 Lambda Award), and The Orphans Tales: In the Night Garden. This, her first novel for young readers, was posted online in 2009 and won the Andre Norton Award — the first book to ever win before traditional publication. Cat Valente lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her partner, two dogs, and an enormous cat.

Ana Juan is a world-renowned illustrator known in this country for her wonderful covers for the New Yorker magazine, as well as the childrens' books The Night Eater, and Frida, written by Jonah Winter. She lives in Spain.

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ingrid7469, May 2, 2013 (view all comments by ingrid7469)
I almost let myself be put off by the title and the first couple of pages but SO glad I stuck with it - this book is a gem and there is so much to love about it. First, there's a strong female protagonist, which I'm always looking for, and it exhibits just an awe-inspiring amount of creativity. The illustrations are fabulous, the storyline complex, the characters delicious. This book is a hidden treasure.
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thomsirveaux, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by thomsirveaux)
I don't have much interest in fantasy-type books, but Ms. Valente has for several years been a rare exception. She is well-versed in mythologies and fairy-tales from many cultures, but with this offering - the first in what Valente says will be a five-part series - her imagination is more fertile than ever, giving a few nods to Alice In Wonderful but mostly making something completely her own, with a heroine that is easy to root for and a Fairyland filled with creatures both familiar and less-so, but always intelligently and sympathetically rendered.
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deb.nolting, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by deb.nolting)
When I picked up Valente’s “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making,” I thought my good friend Holly might like it. We first met in a Children’s Literature class, and later taught at the same college. We have traveled together, both at home and abroad and with my two daughters, and she has rescued me from certain peril on more than one occasion. We both love books. I’m not as crazy about fantasy stories as is my friend Holly, but I thought I’d give this one a read. Even though it is marketed for ages 10-14, it looked to have the makings of a fantasy extraordinaire.

I started reading it, and kept thinking, “Yes, Holly would like this.” She would take delight in the main character September, the young girl who leads a life of boredom in her parents’ house, “where she washed the same pink-and-yellow teacups and matching gravy boats every day, slept on the same embroidered pillow, and played with the same small and amiable dog.”

My friend would enjoy the narrator’s dry humor and the fact that September begins her journey in Omaha, Nebraska, leaving it behind along with one prim little mary jane shoe with a brass buckle as she hoists herself over the sill and takes the hand of the Green Wind. My friend would like the helpful Green Wind and the witches “Hello” and “Good-bye.” She would love the Wyvern, A-Through-L, whose father was a Library and whose siblings are M-Through-S, and T-Through-Z. She would empathize with Saturday, A Marid who belongs to the Marquess and can only grant wishes if he is defeated in battle. She would not like the Marquess, but she would acknowledge the need for a manipulative nemesis in the complex plot. She would wish she could join the migration of the herd of velocipedes (bicycles) and meet an interesting free spirit like Calpurnia Farthing. She would be befrought with worry when September encounters Death, as was I.

At this point in the story, my thoughts of how much my friend Holly would like the book dwindled as I began thinking about how much I liked the story.
I wondered how things would turn out for A-Through-L and Saturday. I became enchanted as Gleam, the helpful lantern, assisted September in finding her way, and I held my breath as I entered the sinister world of the Marquess. I kicked off my own prim mary jane shoe and left it in the real world as I dogged September’s footsteps through Fairyland. Perhaps I, like September, could keep a foot, or at least a shoe, in both worlds, a shadow of myself returning each spring to Fairyland.

Before spring, my friend Holly and my two daughters must read this book, so that we can ready ourselves for our next trip and we can circumnavigate Fairyland together, in the fantastic ship of Catherynne M. Valente’s own making
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781250010193
Author:
Catherynne M. Valente and Ana Juan
Publisher:
Square Fish
Illustrator:
Juan, Ana
Author:
Valente, Catherynne M.
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Edition Description:
Middle-Grade Fiction
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.625 x 5.188 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 10 up to 14

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Product details 288 pages Square Fish - English 9781250010193 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A glorious balancing act between modernism and the Victorian Fairy Tale, done with heart and wisdom."
"Review" by , "This is a kind of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by way of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland — it's the sort of book one doesn't want to end."
"Review" by , "[Fairyland creates] a world as bizarre and enchanting as any Wonderland or Oz and a heroine as curious, resourceful and brave as any Alice or Dorothy. Complex, rich and memorable."
"Review" by , "This book is quite simply a gold mine."
"Review" by , "Amusing, wrenching, and thought-provoking."
"Review" by , "One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century."
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