From School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-This funny, outrageous romp through fairyland has it all: spies, secret organizations, fairy godmothers, flying carpets, and magic. Tom Harding is under the mistaken impression that he is a normal 11-year-old, until the day that his parents disappear and he finds a bumbling fairy in his kitchen, making eggs for breakfast. It turns out that she is one of his three fairy godmothers, his father is a fairy in mortal danger, his mother has been hidden in a jar of sun-dried tomatoes, and he is a demisprite, a persona non grata in the fairy kingdom. Despite this, it is clear to Tom that he will have to save his parents from the fury of the ruling Falconer family. With the help of his fairy godmothers and Pindar, a renegade Falconer, he uses his determination, courage, and clear-sightedness to bring the story to a satisfying resolution. Children who prefer their fantasy lighthearted will love this action-packed adventure, brimming with sly humor and clever asides, such as the Realm Wide Web with the Abracadabra browser. This book should fly off the shelves, with or without a magic carpet.-Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York Cityα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Fairy godmothers aren’t just for princesses. Eleven-year-old Tom’s father (who never told him he was a fairy) is taken to the fairy realm and charged with the murder of Milly Falconer, the ruling family’s daughter, while Tom’s mortal mother has been hidden in a jar of sun-dried tomatoes for her own protection. Not one but three fairy godmothers of varying abilities set out to help “demisprite” (half fairy, half mortal) Tom prove his father’s innocence, find Milly’s real killer, and become educated about his fairy heritage. British humor and historical allusions abound as Tom and the fairy godmothers gather Tom’s cousin, Pindar, who is allergic to magic, into their motley crew and meet with rebel fairies bent on taking down the Falconer empire. There are plenty of other plot threads, too, yet Saunders weaves a tight tale with a satisfying conclusion that ties the various adventures together. Grades 4-6. --Angela Leeper
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