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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Press (July 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423101006
  • ASIN: B0014JOKKC
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

This sequel to Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg (2005) returns children to Levine’s Peter Pan–inspired Fairy Haven. Given the long gap between books, readers may struggle to recall details of the first plot, upon which Levine heavily builds without providing much backstory. But once Tink and her fairy pals bring a havoc-wreaking magic wand back to their community, readers will become sufficiently absorbed to forgive the bumpy start. Full-color artwork supplies the lavish visual element that is a major draw of the Disney Fairies series. Grades 3-5. --Jennifer Mattson --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

When Gail Carson Levine was growing up, her favorite book was Peter Pan by James M. Barrie, and she thought Wendy was an idiot for wanting to leave Neverland. Gail has been reading fairy tales all her life, but she didn’t start writing them until she was grown up. Her eleven books for children include Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg, Newbery Honor–winning Ella Enchanted and the picture book Betsy Who Cried Wolf. She lives with her husband, David, and their Airedale, Baxter, in a two-hundred-year-old farmhouse in New York’s Hudson Valley.

David Christiana has illustrated more than twenty picture books for children, four of which he wrote, including the innovative White Nineteens. He lives in Tucson, Arizona, with his wife, Kristy Atwood, and teaches illustration at the University of Arizona. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gail Carson Levine grew up in New York City and has been writing all her life. Her first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a 1998 Newbery Honor Book. Levine's other books include Dave At Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults; The Wish; The Two Princesses of Bamarre; and her Princess Tales books: The Princess Test, The Fairy's Mistake, Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep, Cinderellis and the Glass Hill, For Biddle's Sake and The Fairy's Return. She is also the author of the picture book Betsy Who Cried Wolf, illustrated by Scott Nash. Gail, her husband, David, and their Airedale, Baxter, live in a two-hundred-year-old farmhouse in the Hudson River Valley.

In Her Own Words..."I grew up in New York City. In elementary school I was a charter member of the Scribble Scrabble Club, and in high school my poems were published in an anthology of student poetry. I didn't want to be a writer. First I wanted to act and then I wanted to be a painter like my big sister. In college, I was a Philosophy major, and my prose style was very dry and dull! My interest in the theater led me to my first writing experience as an adult. My husband David wrote the music and lyrics and I wrote the book for a children's musical, Spacenapped that was produced by a neighborhood theater in Brooklyn.

"And my painting brought me to writing for children in earnest. I took a class in writing and illustrating children's books and found that I was much more interested in the writing than in the illustrating.

"Most of my job life has had to do with welfare, first helping people find work and then as an administrator. The earlier experience was more direct and satisfying, and I enjoy thinking that a bunch of people somewhere are doing better today than they might have done if not for me."

Customer Reviews

She gets made when we stop reading it to her.
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Unfortunately, this book is written as if it were a poor translation from a foreign language and there is a new character introduction every third sentence.
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My four year old and I read fairy books every night before bed.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Scheible on December 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Given that we were all big fans of Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg, we were anxiously awaiting Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand. My library was a little behind on picking up this book, so I finally broke down and picked it up at the bookstore. Over a period of 3 days around New Year's, I read this to my 5 ½ year old daughter. She's at a point where she can't read for herself yet, but enjoys longer chapter books that still contain a picture here or there. Some of our favorites are the Little House books which we've now read almost all of them. Make sure that you're not missing out on the other non-Laura series. If you haven't already, go pick up Little House on the Highlands which is about Laura's great grandmother Martha when she was a little girl in Scotland. That's followed by a series about Charlotte (grandma), then Caroline (Ma). It eventually ends with Rose, Laura's daughter. But I digress.
All in all a good read, but maybe a little too mature in some places as well as difficult to follow. The mature point is a minor one. At one point, one of the fairies makes a wish that another fairy would feel for him romantically. It's really no problem, just not something I'd like to expose my 5 ½ year old to just yet. (If I could wait until she was 25, that would be fine too- spoken like a true dad). They also use the word "hate" throughout the book. Might be just me but that's a word we really try not to use.
The most difficult thing with the story is trying to follow what's going on. Again, it might be fine for older kids that can read to themselves, but my kid really struggled. They bounce around from story line to story line.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Julie Neal VINE VOICE on August 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This second Disney Fairies hardback novel by Ella Enchanted-author Gail Carson Levine is even better than the first. Full of charm and wit, it tells a terrific story that teaches some good moral values -- mainly concerning the evils that can come with greed and power.

Also better than ever are the illustrations. About every fourth page has a large watercolor; one is a four-page fold-out. Underneath the dust jacket, the book cover has a watercolor on its front and back.

Ella Enchanted (Trophy Newbery) is still a cut above, but if you're looking for a Disney novel you can't do much better that this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jill Vanderwood on September 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand
By Gail Carson Levine

Soop is a mermaid in Neverland. She is threatening to flood Neverland, unless the fairies get her a wand.

Tinkerbelle, and the other fairies are sent on a quest to get a wand from the Great Wandies. The wandies are willing to give up the wand to help save Fairy Haven. The wandies decide it would be best if they put the wand to sleep.

Each fairy is allowed to have one wish, on the way back to Fairy Haven. One fairy wishes to have wings, so she can fly, and then turns around and wishes for Soop to be her friend. Tinkerbelle wishes for Peter Pan to fall in love with a clam shell.
The fairies get carried away with wishes and they all get `wand madness'. This means, they can't stop using the wand.

The magic of fairy dust has always been enough for the fairies, until the wand takes over.

The mermaid, Soop, turns one fairy into a bat, by singing her song, before she can warn the mermaid that wand wishes are permanent. Soop makes it so her friend cannot speak, or read, the friend wishes that Soop can't be heard.

When the fairies sneak in and take the wand from the mermaids, the wand is in a dream state. The wand makes the fairies grow and shrink, grow and shrink.

Tinkerbell tries to tame the wand. Will she be able to control the wand, without getting wand madness, again? Will the fairies be able to return to their normal size? How can the fairies return the wand and return to their calm, peaceful kingdom?

Although, this book is very fast paced and exciting, at first, it was a little hard to follow. It took awhile before I realized I was reading about Tinkerbelle and Neverland. I think it would be best to read Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg, first.

Jill Ammon Vanderwood
author: Through the Rug
Through The Rug: Follow That Dog (Through the Rug)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 8, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The audiobook version is spectacular. The "voice" of the audiobook is one of the most talented women I have ever listened to. I highly recommend the CD version if your child is having trouble with the words.

This is by far the best of the Fairy Haven stories. Apparently Disney has come to trust Levine because all of her characters are now allowed to have clearly defined "edges" and imperfections. The fairies are much more "distinct" from each other, which is a good thing.

The world of the fairies is expanded in this book to include some pretty weird stuff, but thats OK because this is fantasy.

The Beck character is greatly improved from previous books, thank you.

The two mermaids are hilarious.

Even the male fairy (I forget his name) is starting to be almost believable. (He could still stand some improvement. He seems kind of like a "paper doll". I think he needs a back-story or something. It's hard to explain what he's lacking....)

Levine's portrayal of Vidia as a speed addict is inspired! The "flying-talent fairy" is usually portrayed as a generic spiteful bully (yawn) but here she is almost numinous in her obsession. There is something awesome in her complete disregard for her own body when it comes to filling her "need for speed".

There is always a danger with using a well-known character in a new story, but Levine manages it with grace: Tinkerbell is handled quite nicely and never seems like a "guest star" in her Fairy Haven books.

Great Job!
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