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

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  1. bachbooks Says:

    Twelve year old September’s father is off fighting in World War II, and her mother is working as a mechanic when the Green Wind arrives at her house (in Omaha, Nebraska) astride a leopard to whisk her away to Fairyland. Upon her arrival she meets a trio of witches and begins a quest to recover and return a stolen magic spoon. Through her journey she meets a pair of loyal companions (Ell, a Wyverary, and Saturday, a Marid) who aid her along the way. The deeper she ventures into Fairyland, the more convoluted her adventure grows. As the title suggests, September must eventually build a boat and circumnavigate Fairyland to help friends in need and complete her quest.

    Fairytale fantasy isn’t really my favorite genre, and I was prepared to dislike this book from the start. The first chapter didn’t hook me, but as I read on I fell with September deeper and deeper into the story and the depths of Fairyland itself. While this is ostensibly a book for children or young adults, it addresses ageless themes of good and evil, power, freedom, loyalty, and friendship in memorable and moving ways. Especially near the end of the book, the story took on a poignant tone which helps make the it more intense and engaging. Valente invites readers into the cinematic world of her imagination for a thrilling trip to and through Fairyland. I appreciated her clever allusions to classic myths and other popular tales. Since finishing the book, I’ve described it as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe meets Harry Potter meets Edward Scissorhands, and I, for one, eagerly await the spring and September’s return to Fairyland.

    Rating: 5 stars

    Recommendations: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Harry Potter; The Book Thief, The Wizard of Oz, Mythology

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