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From the author of the best-selling Wicked, a transporting tale-within-a-tale about the strange world of skibbereen — aka tooth fairies — and the universal need to believe.

A terrible storm is raging, and ten-year-old Dinah is huddled by candlelight with her brother, sister, and cousin Gage, who is telling a very unusual tale. It's the story of What-the-Dickens, a newly hatched orphan creature who finds he has an attraction to teeth, a crush on a cat named McCavity, and a penchant for getting into trouble. One day he happens upon a feisty girl skibberee who is working as an Agent of Change — trading coins for teeth — and learns that there is a dutiful tribe of skibbereen (call them tooth fairies) to which he hopes to belong. As his tale of discovery unfolds, however, both What-the-Dickens and Dinah come to see that the world is both richer and less sure than they ever imagined.

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"More ambitious than many of Maguire's (Leaping Beauty; Wicked) previous works, this novel combines the author's taste for the fairytale backstory with explorations of the values of storytelling. A contemporary narrative frame opens the book with a setting inspired by Hurricane Katrina: after a terrible storm brutalizes the region, the parents in a strict fundamentalist family have wagered outside, leaving their three children with rapidly diminishing supplies in the care of their 21-year-old English-teacher cousin, Gage. To divert them from their hunger and their anxiety, Gage spends an entire night telling them about a 'skibberee' (tooth fairy) who grows up on its own and only by chance discovers that the presence of other skibbereen. Dense with allusion, metaphor and pun, Maguire's prose shines, compensating literary-minded readers for the slow start of the skibberee story. By the time the urgency of the skibberee story matches that of the framing tale, however, Maguire's agenda emerges in its complexity. Each of the characters takes a different approach to Gage's story: Dinah, the 10-year-old, needs the magic that Gage's tale delivers; her older brother claims to need to eschew its fancy, in favor of his parents' teachings about faith and reason; Gage needs story to exist; and the youngest, who celebrates her second birthday, needs the wish the story promises. Comic scenes, elaborate tableaux and suspenseful sequences will entertain readers who prefer more straightforward fiction, but those readers may be frustrated by the unresolved ending. Ages 10-13." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"If not technically a Halloween tale, this romp from the author of 'Wicked' has all the right props and cues. It opens on a dark and stormy night as 'the winds rose yet again, the power began to stutter at half-strength, and the sirens to fail.' It's divided into parts titled 'Twilight,' 'Midnight,' 'The Witching Hour' and 'Dawn.' And its plot centers on teeth, the most useful of all body parts on... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"A whimsical look at the mechanics of tooth-barter....A deeper exploration of the power of stories in our lives." Kirkus Reviews

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"Maguire plays with notions of fact, imagination, and art in this novel." The Horn Book

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"There's much here to appeal to both Maguire's younger and older fans, and the immediacy of the story and combination of fantasy and reality will grip even reluctant readers." School Library Journal

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From the bestselling author of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West comes a tale-within-a-tale about the strange world of the "skibbereen" (also known as tooth fairies) and the universal need to believe..

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From the author of the best-selling WICKED, a transporting tale-within-a-tale about the strange world of skibbereen — aka tooth fairies — and the universal need to believe.

A terrible storm is raging, and ten-year-old Dinah is huddled by candlelight with her brother, sister, and cousin Gage, who is telling a very unusual tale. Its the story of What-the-Dickens, a newly hatched orphan creature who finds he has an attraction to teeth, a crush on a cat named McCavity, and a penchant for getting into trouble. One day he happens upon a feisty girl skibberee who is working as an Agent of Change — trading coins for teeth — and learns that there is a dutiful tribe of skibbereen (call them tooth fairies) to which he hopes to belong. As his tale of discovery unfolds, however, both What-the- Dickens and Dinah come to see that the world is both richer and less sure than they ever imagined.

About the Author

Gregory Maguire is the author of more than a dozen novels for children as well as four adult novels, including Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which was made into a hit Broadway musical. He lives outside Boston, Massachusetts.

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kerri_mercury, February 5, 2009 (view all comments by kerri_mercury)
I haven't had a chance to read this yet, but I really loved Wicked and Son of a Witch, I thought they were really difficult to put down! I can't wait to see what comes next in this series!
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ISBN:
9780763641474
Author:
Maguire, Gregory
Publisher:
Candlewick Press (MA)
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Storytelling
Subject:
Cousins
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Children s humor
Subject:
fantasy;fiction;ya;tooth fairy;young adult;fairies;fairy tale;fairy tales;children s;storytelling;storms;orphans;humor;children;magic;teen;juvenile fiction;tooth fairies;cousins;youth
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080831
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1-COLOR
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.60x6.10x.70 in. .75 lbs.
Age Level:
10-13

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Product details 304 pages Candlewick Press (MA) - English 9780763641474 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "More ambitious than many of Maguire's (Leaping Beauty; Wicked) previous works, this novel combines the author's taste for the fairytale backstory with explorations of the values of storytelling. A contemporary narrative frame opens the book with a setting inspired by Hurricane Katrina: after a terrible storm brutalizes the region, the parents in a strict fundamentalist family have wagered outside, leaving their three children with rapidly diminishing supplies in the care of their 21-year-old English-teacher cousin, Gage. To divert them from their hunger and their anxiety, Gage spends an entire night telling them about a 'skibberee' (tooth fairy) who grows up on its own and only by chance discovers that the presence of other skibbereen. Dense with allusion, metaphor and pun, Maguire's prose shines, compensating literary-minded readers for the slow start of the skibberee story. By the time the urgency of the skibberee story matches that of the framing tale, however, Maguire's agenda emerges in its complexity. Each of the characters takes a different approach to Gage's story: Dinah, the 10-year-old, needs the magic that Gage's tale delivers; her older brother claims to need to eschew its fancy, in favor of his parents' teachings about faith and reason; Gage needs story to exist; and the youngest, who celebrates her second birthday, needs the wish the story promises. Comic scenes, elaborate tableaux and suspenseful sequences will entertain readers who prefer more straightforward fiction, but those readers may be frustrated by the unresolved ending. Ages 10-13." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A whimsical look at the mechanics of tooth-barter....A deeper exploration of the power of stories in our lives."
"Review" by , "Maguire plays with notions of fact, imagination, and art in this novel."
"Review" by , "There's much here to appeal to both Maguire's younger and older fans, and the immediacy of the story and combination of fantasy and reality will grip even reluctant readers."
"Synopsis" by , From the bestselling author of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West comes a tale-within-a-tale about the strange world of the "skibbereen" (also known as tooth fairies) and the universal need to believe..
"Synopsis" by , US
"Synopsis" by , From the author of the best-selling WICKED, a transporting tale-within-a-tale about the strange world of skibbereen — aka tooth fairies — and the universal need to believe.

A terrible storm is raging, and ten-year-old Dinah is huddled by candlelight with her brother, sister, and cousin Gage, who is telling a very unusual tale. Its the story of What-the-Dickens, a newly hatched orphan creature who finds he has an attraction to teeth, a crush on a cat named McCavity, and a penchant for getting into trouble. One day he happens upon a feisty girl skibberee who is working as an Agent of Change — trading coins for teeth — and learns that there is a dutiful tribe of skibbereen (call them tooth fairies) to which he hopes to belong. As his tale of discovery unfolds, however, both What-the- Dickens and Dinah come to see that the world is both richer and less sure than they ever imagined.

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