The Various by Steve Augarde

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The first novel in a gripping trilogy about 11-year-old Midge and her discovery of the Various, a tribe of fairies whose livelihood and existence is becoming increasingly threatened.

A gritty and captivating story of courage and strength against terrible odds, this is the story of Midge, left to stay with her eccentric uncle during the holidays, and her adventures with the Various, a band of fairies. The existence of the Various, who are strange, wild, and sometimes even deadly, has been kept secret since the beginning of time. But when their world begins to clash with the human world, they are threatened with extinction.

This wonderfully imaginative story of love and loyalty is the first in a powerful trilogy that readers won’t be able to put down.

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About Steve Augarde

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Steve Augarde has worked as an illustrator, paper-engineer, and semi-pro jazz musician. He has written and illustrated over 70 picture books for young children, and has produced the paper-engineering for many pop-up books.From the Hardcover edition.
Published April 4, 2009 by Yearling. 450 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A Nesbit-style fairy adventure made dark awaits Midge, the only child of her single mother, a musician.

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The Guardian

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Whether on the farm with the children, doing human, childish things, or in the woods with the beleaguered Various, the narrative pace never falters, the writer so confident and respectful of his creation that the reader is drawn gladly into the enchantment.

Oct 25 2003 | Read Full Review of The Various

Common Sense Media

When Pegs learns of these plans, he insists that Midge accompany him back to the woods to tell this news to the beings who live hidden there -- the Various.

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The Bookbag

Summary: A young girl is drawn into the lives of the Various, little people who live in the woods near her farmhouse.

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