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Gabriella The Tale of a Misfit Fairy [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Hill , Megan Bourg
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Gabriella falls from the villainous Dream Master's bag, Lore Valley will be forever changed.

Gabriella is no ordinary fairy. With iridescent wings, bells at the tips of her toes, and an impression of a wand coloring her forehead, her appearance alone sets her apart. Intrigued, the fairies welcome her with open arms, but as she grows up, some of her behavior disturbs the residents of the Lore Valley. Queen Pasha, in particular, worries that Gabriella may not have arrived in the valley accidentally. Could she be part of the Dream Master's plan to destroy the fairies?

Full of quirky characters living in a whimsical world that the maniacal Dream Master seeks to destroy, this novel takes the reader on a roller coaster of emotions as Gabriella explores the Lore Valley and then the greater world beyond it when she takes it upon herself to confront the world's most formidable creature.

From oddball bats to ghost cats, trolls to polka-dotted hens, Sirens to rouge eagles, you will find characters both lovable and treacherous within the pages of this book. Many of the characters have tidbits of wisdom to impart while others will amuse you with unique approach to the world.

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About the Author

Nancy Hill is a writer and photographer currently living with her dog Casper in Portland, Oregon. She has two sons, Cody and Dusty, who have set out on lives of their own. She believes in the possibility of fairies and other little people and has had the amazing good fortune to have been entertained by a leprechaun swinging on her traction bar and telling her jokes when she broke her leg years ago. She has illustrated a number of children’s books with her photographs, and while she shoots a wide variety of subjects, childhood is her favorite theme. Not all of childhood is idyllic, and she captures the more troubling aspects of childhood as well as the more fanciful ones. In addition to her appreciation of fairies and fools, imaginary playmates, and make believe, she also cares deeply for social issues, especially issues of incarceration. She is currently working on an anti-war novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2101 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Irish Eyes Productions (March 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BNVOZ38
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984,075 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I'll admit that as a man in his late twenties I didn't expect to read a book about a fairy without pausing. But that's what happened. If I had a young kid I would absolutely read this book as a bedtime story because a chapter a night would give them a reason to put their PJs on quickly, brush their teeth, and hop into bed in order to hear the fate of Lore Valley and Gabriella unfold together. I would have loved to read this on my own as soon as I was old enough to challenge myself. Gabriella is full of interesting characters, thought provoking themes, and a plot that keeps the pages turning.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gabriella The Tale of a Misfit Fairy March 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The description of this book as a "roller coaster" says it all. Gabriella,
a little orphan fairy who fell from the bag of a horrible monster, is quite
a character. One minute I applauded her, the next I wanted to shake some
sense into her. She's a very real character - not all sweetness and light,
even though the trouble she gets into usually come from a good heart. But
the writer made her vulnerable. There's even a scene where Gabriella
is feeling sorry for herself, but instead of being annoyed with her, it
made her more believable. We all have moments when we think we're
worthless, so I liked the writer's honesty in letting Gabriella feel that,
too. Other characters are also well developed, and I'd like to meet a lot
of them. I hope there are more books to come about this little fairy, the
queen, and even that wicked, wicked Dream Master. There's definitely more
than meets the eye in this story. Fun illustrations, too, although I wish
there'd been more of them.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a fairy tale. March 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Finally, a children's fantasy novel that manages to make kids think without being preachy. It even shows adults as fallible, with conflicts of their own to sort out. There is plenty of lore for fairy lovers, but it'd be doing this story a disservice to say it's about fairies, for it is about way more than a pretty little valley where fairies tend to gardens and flit around with butterflies. Still, it does have that charm as well. Could be a good book for parents and kids to read together and maybe talk about some of the themes - like peaceful resolutions, compassion, the balance of nature, and even the fact that children determine their own destiny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fanciful Romp Through the Land of the Fairies July 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Once upon a time, when I was a fifth grade girl, I loved a book called The Farthest Away Mountain. I read it again and again and again. There was something about fairy tales that spoke to me, even as I began to leave girlhood behind. As I read Gabriella The Tale of a Misfit Fairy, I was once again transported into a magical land that spoke to my lifelong love of a good fairy tale.

This book is the story of Gabriella, a fairy who appears one day in the idyllic Lore Valley. As she grows up in her adoptive family and culture, she becomes a daring explorer and friend to creatures big and small. As is well until one day, the fabric that shields the valley begins to unravel, and Gabriella takes it upon herself to venture from the valley in search of the source of the breakdown.

This book has all the classic fairy tale elements, from memorable non-human characters and nefarious baddies to mystical islands and epic battles. I was particularly fond of the bits of wisdom that came almost as an aside, such as when a pompous owl, "strutted off, filled with both self-importance and self-righteousness, " and the author comments that, "Neither trait is pleasant, and together they verged on vile."

This book is the perfect airy summer read for middle-grade girls, or those of us who still have a bit of whimsy left over from those now bygone days.

Lisa Runge (The Kindle Book Review)

The Kindle Book Review received a free copy of this book for an independent, fair, and honest review. We are not associated with the author or Amazon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an imaginative romp March 3, 2013
By dan m
Format:Kindle Edition
one need not be a child to enjoy the work of nancy hill or perhaps her ability to connect with our inner child is her secret.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Lovely Children's Story by Nancy Hill March 2, 2013
By kaydoo
Format:Kindle Edition
Nancy Hill's children stories often combine photographs and text, but in Gabriella she combines text and illustration to create another sweet story about a misplaced fairy. A wonderful story for young children, and a good companion to The Ghost Doctor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable for readers of any age February 12, 2014
Disclaimer: The author gave me a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

"Gabriella, The Tale of a Misfit Fairy" is the story about a fairy who eventually learns the truth about who she is, and discovers that she isn’t like her fairy friends at all. When the Dream Master (or, as I imagined him, the Grim Reaper of children’s nightmares) threatens to destroy Gabriella’s peaceful homeland of Lore Valley and all those within it, it is up to the little fairy to persuade him to stay away—even if that means exchanging her safety and her own life for the peace of her homeland.

First off, I would like to point out how relieved I was to read an indie book that was actually well-written. Ms. Hill is a wonderful storyteller who writes very professionally. Sometimes, we take a leap of faith on indie books, knowing that they’re usually not well-written and are riddled with typos and grammatical errors, but that was fortunately not the case with this book.

What kept my attention most was the vivid imagery and scenery in the book. The story took place in so many different colorful locations. I could actually SEE the forest, the colorful flowers, and the fairies. My favorite place in the story was the Island of the Ghost Cats. The entire story reminded me of the cartoon movie, Ferngully, in that the movie was also very vivid and lively.

I particularly loved Gabriella the most—she was just so fun and spunky, and had a bit of a feisty spirit to her. There really is nothing worse than reading a book with an unlikeable protagonist, but I adored Gabriella. The author communicated well that she was a troublemaker with a good heart.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not engaging
I read this whole book, and it was ok. It's written in a light and simple style, probably good for children. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. A. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun read
Published 5 months ago by Colleen Schuette
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 out of 5
I loved the first two sections of the book. Aside from a few instances where it felt like a professional editor could have worked with some of your phraseology, I enjoyed the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by L. R. W. Lee, Children's Author
5.0 out of 5 stars Gabriella, The Tale of a Misfit Fairy by Nancy Hill

Gabriella, The Tale of a Misfit Fairy by Nancy Hill tells us about the carefree, adventurous fairy, Gabriella who was dropped... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
Loved it -could not put it down. A fairy tale that keeps you entertained. I look forward to sharing this with my grandchildren. Characters relate to all people. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderous
A thoughtful adventure, interesting perspective with some new ways of looking at this realm. The plot is good and reading it moves along at just the right pace. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Gabriella, the tale of a misfit fairy
This is a great book about a fairy's adventures in a new land of fantasy. It is a coming of age tale for the heroine, Gabriella, whose differences changes the land of fairy she... Read more
Published 20 months ago by S. Ronald
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I loved this book. I'm twelve and thought it was really good and could be read by much younger children and still totally appropriate.
Published 20 months ago by heidi martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing adventure
My daughter (10) describes this book as an amazing adventure. She loved the talking animals and beautifuly described plants. Gabriella, angel fairy, is her favorite. Read more
Published 21 months ago by J.P. Riley
5.0 out of 5 stars A tale about love and belonging, even if you are different
Gabriella, the "misfit fairy" of the title, just appears one day. Despite her mysterious and frankly suspicious origins, the fairy queen Pasha, her adopive bother, and everbody... Read more
Published 22 months ago by M. J. Burnett
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More About the Author

One of 10 children from an Irish family, Nancy Hill (born Nancy Murphy; sometimes writes under Nancy O'Who), learned from an early age that stories are almost always far more interesting than reality. Her father was a teller of tall tales, her mother read bedtime stories faithfully, and her older brothers (twins) never told her the truth about anything. And so her love of all things that may or may not be what they seemed to be blossomed when she was quite did her need to escape.

She recalls beginning her first unfinished novel at 10 with her best friend. A cemetery separated Nancy's house from her best friend's house, and so it was only natural that their book was a murder mystery. They soon became convinced they were onto something and that Nancy's next door neighbor - a man who sold gravestones - was indeed involved in all sorts of nefarious things and would have them kidnapped before they could reveal the truth about him. Fearing for their lives, they never finished their book.

Over the years, Nancy has written all kinds of things, including rather boring business documents - annual reports, white papers, limericks when she was stuck in pointless meetings. She claims the excuses she wrote for her two children when they missed school were among her best pieces of writing. She's also ghostwritten books for clients, screenplays that Hollywood ignorantly ignores, feature articles, and other things that strike her as worth writing.

After compiling a very impressive collection of rejection slips from publishers who foolishly overlooked her ability to spin yarns, she decided to reject the publishing world in return and is now self-publishing some of the books she's written over the years. She is also a photographer and often illustrates her children's stories with her photographs.

Credentials? A master's in writing, an insatiable curiosity, an appreciation of the absurd, and the strong suspicion that there's way more going on than meets the eye - including fairies of all kinds and massive political cover ups.


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