The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

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"One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century."--Time magazine, on the Fairyland series

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 author Catherynne M. Valente 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.

 

About Catherynne M. Valente

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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 Orphan's 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 children's books The Night Eater, and Frida, written by Jonah Winter. She lives in Spain.
 
Published May 10, 2011 by Feiwel & Friends. 256 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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In this modern fairytale, an insouciant, "somewhat heartless" 12-year-old girl from Omaha visits Fairyland and accepts a quest to rescue its inhabitants from the rule-mad Marquess.

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Still, as Faith makes a leap into reality and into a belief in the transformative power of storytelling, older readers may think of Kierkegaard’s “Fear and Trembling” and “The Present Age” — the poetry, the paradoxes, the musings on leaps of faith, the need for passion and the awareness of self.

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Publishers Weekly

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Originally published in serialized form online (where it became the first e-book to win the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy), this glittering confection is Valente's first work for young readers.

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The Bookbag

As September gleans a full understanding of their plight, she uses that somewhat heartless-ness to its best advantage, in order to restore Fairyland and its occupants, for no other reason than that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

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The Bookbag

Summary: Thirteen-year-old September at last manages to return to Fairyland, but she discovers that things are going badly there: magic is disappearing along with people's shadows.

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The Bookbag

As September gleans a full understanding of their plight, she uses that somewhat heartless-ness to its best advantage, in order to restore Fairyland and its occupants, for no other reason than that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

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Pajiba

It's just became my new favorite book to read on my own and read aloud to my little sister!

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We Love This Book

With a host of marvellous creatures and smart-mouthed characters reminiscent of those in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Wizard of Oz, Valente has created a wonderful world of nonsense full of surprise and intrigue.

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Fantasy Literature

Catherynne Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is her first foray (I think) into YA fiction and it is a wildly inventive and original debut, one which I’m happy to say has already been followed up by the equally inventive The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairylan...

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Fantasy Literature

Valente’s narrative voice is about as close to Lewis Carroll as you’re ever likely to get: whimsical and breezy, but with a razor sharp wit and deceptively dark undertones, including small asides to the reader that fill us in on background details concerning September, Fairyland and various subpl...

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Kepler's

I can think, offhand, of maybe three titles that have fit that description - but after reading "The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland" I am lucky enough to have a new book to add to that list.

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