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The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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We pick up this book a year after the last one ended. September is living in Nebraska with her mother. Her father is still off fighting in a war. September loves her mother and the time they spend together, but she dreams of returning to Fairyland. And so she does by catching a boat going over the amber waves of grain and falls into Fairyland, expecting to see her friends and have a jolly good time.
But all is not well in Fairyland. In the last book, September lost her shadow, and now many others are suffering the same fate. The magic is seeping out of Fairyland and, parallel to life in Nebraska, everyone must make do with ration cards. (I loved the way Valente mirrored September's world in Fairyland and Fairyland-Below, making the story so much richer and meaningful to read!) September knows instantly that this is all her fault, that it's her shadow in Fairyland-Below causing so much trouble. Being the intrepid young woman she is, September sets off to right this wrong.
I wish I had re-read the first book in this series before starting the second because there were many allusions to the events and characters in the first. I was very fuzzy on the details - I don't remember the events of the first book so much as I remember my delight in reading it.Read more ›
September is eager to journey back to Fairyland and leave her mundane life of school behind. When she finally does though, she finds out things are very wrong. Magic is being rationed in Fairyland and shadows are constantly going missing. September must journey deep into the Fairyland-Below if she is to save the shadows and return magic to Fairyland.
Incredibly creative, beautifully written, and full of beautiful sparkling images both light and dark that will really make your imagination sore. You can absolutely not predict what wonder the next page will hold. Valente has such a creative and wondrous mind that she thinks up things and ideas I can only begin to comprehend.
September is slightly older in this book and has more mature worries than in the first book. Her mother isn't around much because she has to support them and her father is still at war.
This book has a darker tone to it than the first. When September journeys to Fairyland-Below she finds the shadows of her friends who accompany on her journey. This is interesting because the shadows of her friends are similar to her friends but different, they are a little darker and a little wilder. Valente did an excellent job making the shadow versions of all the characters we know and love the same, but different.Read more ›
Ms. Valente employs a similar recipe the second time around in producing a whimsical, cleverly-plotted story filled with fantastic descriptions, (p 27), "This flavor was even better: like a pumpkin but a very soft and wistful sort of pumpkin who had become good friends with fresh green apples and cold winter pears;" superb similes, (p 35) "It was a strange feeling, like suddenly becoming aware of gravity in a social way, sitting down to tea with it and learning its family history;" and well-developed characters (42 all told) both familiar and new, in which she turns the tables on the standard sleeping beauty story (and adds a touch of the The Subtle Knife).
Anyone who enjoys fairy tales with an Alice in Wonderland tone will love traveling along with September, a girl with, "thirty-seven percent Gumption by volume" through the dark side of fairyland. Best of the book: Valente's storytelling skills shine (how does she think this stuff up?), worst: so complicated you might need to shut yourself in sound proof room to keep track of it all. Also good: A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz, The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly, and, of course, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. My hope for this series: they give someone like Katherine Kellgren a shot at performing future audio versions.
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A quirky call back to Narnia-esque early fantasy and more colloquial storytelling, but with modern sensibilities.Published 2 months ago by Shannon Barnsley
I really loved the first book in this series, and the second one was pretty good too, but as this series progresses, the author spends more and more time letting the narrator... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amelia Catherine
Even though this book is for a younger audience, I truly loved reading it and the first of the series.Published 3 months ago by Chrisi H
I absolutely fell in the love with the charm and wit of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, and this sequel captures the same enchantment but bathed... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved the 1st book of this series so I read this one and loved it too. The main character is strong and clever-I like her. This author is very inventive and imaginative. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Colleen
Valente is such a talented writer. I don't remember the last time I felt so connected to a cast of characters. This reads like poetry. Absolutely enchanting.Published 6 months ago by Dj Hickson
This books builds on the best parts of the first in the series. The world gets a bit weirder and we learn more about how the magic works. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Delta Stet
My son loves these books. He also enjoys all of the new words he is learning.Published 10 months ago by mvh
I have started the book and it is an inviting call to imagination.
Looking forward to the rest of it.