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Celia and the Fairies [Kindle Edition]

Karen McQuestion
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When Celia Lovejoy's grandmother moves in with her family, she tells her granddaughter magical stories of fairies living in the woods behind the Lovejoy home. Ten-year-old Celia believes they are just that-stories-until the day she receives an unexpected visit from Mira, a real, live fairy. Mira needs a favor in a matter of the utmost importance. It seems that Celia's house and the adjoining woods are in danger of being demolished to make way for a new highway. The person behind this horrible plan? Vicky McClutchy, a spiteful woman who holds a childhood grudge against Celia's dad. Fairy magic can counteract this evil, but it will only work with Celia's help. Aided by neighborhood friend Paul, Celia begins a danger-filled quest that takes her out in the woods at night to face her greatest fears. This magical tale of a plucky girl combines an entertaining story with an underlying message about the power of ordinary kindness.

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A Q&A with Karen McQuestion

Question: You’re a bestselling women’s fiction author with your novels A Scattered Life and Easily Amused. What drove you to try your hand at children’s literature?

Karen McQuestion: I have a confession to make: I never outgrew children’s books and I still read them to this day. A good kids’ book can be completely engrossing, transporting the reader to a whole new world. I clearly remember the joy I felt when first reading A Wrinkle in Time, Harriet the Spy, and the books of Edward Eager. I wanted to try my hand at writing for younger readers to see if I could create the same experience for others.

Question: What inspired the plot of Celia and the Fairies?

Karen McQuestion: Fireflies! Growing up I was always fascinated by the flashing glow of fireflies at night. Something about them seemed magical, and from a distance it was easy to imagine that they might be fairies. And who knows? Maybe sometimes the lights we assume to be fireflies are indeed fairies. I like to think that almost anything is possible.

As a kid reader, I loved stories where the main character was someone like me, an average person going about their usual routine of school and home, when something extraordinary occurs. And in Celia and the Fairies, that’s exactly what happens. I guess I wrote the kind of book I would have loved when I was young.

Question: What do you hope kids who read the book will take away from it?

Karen McQuestion: A few adult readers have said that Celia and the Fairies has a good message, and it does, but I’m glad that I haven’t gotten that same comment from kids. Instead, they talk about how much they love the scenes with the fairies, and how exciting it was when Celia had to venture out into the woods alone to save the day. I hope first and foremost to tell an entertaining story, and if a good message goes along with it, that’s fine, too.


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Ten-year-old Celia is excited when her beloved grandmother moves in with her family. To begin with, Grammy’s arrival means that she won’t have to go to her obnoxious neighbor Paul’s house after school. She also loves Grammy’s stories about fairies who reside in the nearby woods. Her parents say the fairies aren’t real, but Celia learns otherwise when she meets Mira, a fairy who warns her about a nefarious woman, Vicky McClutchy, who plans to take over Celia’s family’s toy company, and it’s up to Celia to stop her. Although she is supported by Grammy, the fairies, magic, and surprisingly, Paul, Celia must ultimately use her own courage and wits to thwart Vicky. The characters lack dimension, and the moral messages are heavy, with themes of penitence, forgiveness, and fairies as “good spirits,” versus evil “shadow things” that spawn human greed and selfishness. Still, the short chapters and straightforward, descriptive prose make for a quick read that is likely to draw contemporary fairy-story fans. Grades 4-6. --Shelle Rosenfeld

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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
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Celia and the Fairies is a Wonderful Read for every age group . I am way past senior citizen age and the second I saw that it was written by Karen and when I saw the cover on this book I knew I wanted to read it . In my generation we read Dick, Jane and Spot. HaHa. I can still vividly remember those books and also remember being a small child growing up on a farm. Instead of fairies, we had magical Lightning bugs that glowed at night and we could see hundreds of them in the fields fluttering around twinkling in the dark. Just like Mira does.

Going back to one's childhood day's bring's back so many wonderful memories and this book did just that.

I am sure that the youngsters who read this book will remember it forever and this story also sends an important message about being good vs being bad to children. I also could of played Grandmother Celia and relate stories like this to my children and grandchildren and hopefully my great grandchildren.

I am an avid reader of myster/light thriller,light romance but I have to say that after I read one of Karen's books I was and am absolutely hooked on the way she writes and when one of her books comes to Kindle I put aside my mystery book or whatever else I am reading and start on Karen's stories.

Another Great read Karen for the youngsters and the oldsters !!!! Keep them coming. If all your future stories equal the quality of the six that I have read of your's, I am going to start saying Ditto...Ditto...Ditto
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ~~~BEAUTIFUL STORY~~~ January 6, 2010
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I bought this book last night and started reading it and I could not put it down. I stayed up to finish the book because it is such an engaging and charming story. The characters are soo real and the descriptions of the fairies make them so vivid and real that you can almost see them yourself. This is such a beautiful story and such a enjoyable read. I highly recommend this book! All age groups will enjoy this book.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just didn't quite work for me November 4, 2010
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Having two children, reading children's lit has become something of a hobby for me, as I try to build up a library of really, really good books for my kids. I've found that some children's lit really works, some does not work at all, and some falls flat. For me, Celia and the Fairies just fell flat. There were some things that I really liked about it but, as a whole, I just couldn't get into the book.

I think my biggest criticism of the book is that some sections of it felt too adult to me. I don't mean this in the sense that the sections were objectionable, but that they discussed concepts that I felt would be beyond the ken of the targeted age group. In particular, I didn't feel that the parts of the book that dealt with corporate corruption were really on the mark for a young children's book. A theme like this would work in a book targeted to teenagers, but I felt like it would go right over the heads of younger children.

Another disappointment for me was with the relationship between Paul and Celia. Paul just didn't feel developed enough for me, so I had a sense that he was there more to drive the plot than to serve as a full character in his own right. I was also disappointed in the way Celia treated Paul. Paul was painted as a selfish, bossy child, but I just felt like the way Celia treated him was too mean. She does apologize, but I would have liked to see some self reflection on her part. I think it would have been a nice message for her to reflect on how her actions caused hurt feelings in someone else.

What I really liked about the book, though, was that it avoided the simplistic trap that most children's works seem to fall into: it did not divide the world into a distinct good/bad dichotomy. I really liked the message of compassion.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ashamed of myself, Astonished by the author's pure talent September 4, 2010
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I'll be honest. Brutally so. I saw this book and bought it, but in the back of my head I was saying, "Oh really, the lady that wrote that amazing adult women's fiction book, A Scattered Life, wrote a fairy tale for kids? Really? Jumping the shark much? Well, let's put this suckfest to the side to read later." *hangs head in shame* The author stopped by my blog and left a comment and we ended up exchanging a tweet or two when she emailed me asking if I would like a free review copy of Celia and the Fairies, to which I replied something like, "Oh, absolutely, I actually already bought it a while back and cannot wait to read it, it just keeps getting pushed back." (notice no suckfest comment) She still sent me a copy to share with a friend. ANYWAY...

I should have never doubted this author for a second. This is one of the most heartwarming and charming little fairy tales I've had the privilege of reading. I actually started it with my daughter but read ahead because I got so pulled into it. There's the mean old aunt next door, the little girl who's finding magic, the grandma who helps her find the way and... well, there's fairies, people! Fairies! Little human looking things with wings that fly around and glow! While set in the modern times, it had the feel of a story that had been retold before (not ripped off - that's not what I mean at all - but an old story told to little girls at bedtime).

McQuestion has, in all of her books that I've read, an amazing way of transporting you into her story. She makes the places and people come alive. I am pretty darn sure I've met Celia before, somewhere, somehow. Her writing really is THAT good.

I cannot wait to finish this book with my daughter.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting story for 5th grade
I got this book for my 5th grader. As she started to read, she got more and more engaged by the story. She ended up finishing the last chapters without a break. Good suspension.
Published 3 days ago by California
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars
AMAZING

I really like this Book because, it has a lot of thinking in it. And I also really liked it because, out really brings you into the story like seriously. ( : 0:
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
by the first 3 words you are already sucked in. I think it is a great book for anybody,even boys.
Published 14 days ago by Wanda E. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Believing in fairies
Nice book. Fun to read. Read it in one evening. Nice fantasy. This is fun to read especially if you think generations of families are able to see fairies.
Published 21 days ago by Janet
1.0 out of 5 stars Drag. Drag. Drag.
I could barely finish it. What a waste of time, that l could have spent making Sculpey® items. Far from exciting, not my cup of tea.
Published 21 days ago by aimee white
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute story!
I enjoyed this light story even though it's seemed more for young readers. It's a magical story with a cheerful happy ending...
Published 1 month ago by sjd
3.0 out of 5 stars Middling...
Full disclosure---I'm a grownup but I enjoy reading the occasional children's book. I got this on an amazon monthly deal but am not impressed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SL_SF_
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Really fun to read! Great plot and characters. Love the moral of the story. This is such a sweet book you'll definitely want to read!
Published 2 months ago by Kathleen Roop
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
This book was AMAZING!!! it is about a little girl named Celia that finds out that she has fairies in her back yard
over all, if I could I would give it one million stars... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Emma Brooks
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable
The story line was a bit predictable, but I still enjoyed the read. It was a fast read and managed to take me vicariously to another place.
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Karen McQuestion has written books for kids, teens, and adults, and is published in print, ebook, and audio through Amazon Publishing, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Brilliance Audio. Many of her titles have spent time on the top 100 Kindle list. Her publishing story has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and the national NPR show, The Story with Dick Gordon. She has also appeared on ABC's World News Now and America This Morning. She lives with her husband and kids in Hartland, Wisconsin.

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