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*Starred Review* Plucky September makes her way back to Valente’s marvelous, mesmerizing fairyland, following her previous trip, in The Girl Who Fell beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (2012). But this time, she’s a seasoned traveler: a bit older, a bit wiser, and ready to start acting like the 14-year-old young lady she’s expected to be. September swoops into fairyland, along with her growing-flashier-by-the-minute Model A Ford, and discovers a land so beset by rules and regulations that she must receive an official profession—she’s named “royal scofflaw, professional revolutionary, and criminal of the realm”—prior to entering. But before she can get to adventuring, she’s tasked with delivering a package to the moon, which has begun to shudder and shake with moonquakes because a terrible yeti is trying to break it to pieces. September and her friends traverse the moon, meet their fates, encounter older and younger versions of themselves, and wonder what, exactly, makes them who they are—all while trying to find the speedy yeti and stop him from his destructive plans. As usual, Valente enlightens readers with pearly gleams of wisdom about honesty, identity, free will, and growing up. September often worries who she should be and what path she should follow, but the lovely truth, tenderly told, is that it’s all up to her. Thanks to a dramatic cliff-hanger ending, there is sure to be more empowerment and whimsy to come. Grades 5-8. --Sarah Hunter
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Product Details

  • Series: Fairyland (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250023505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250023506
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Young on November 15, 2013
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In Valente's third Fairyland book, heroine September is now a young teen, just learning to drive and longing for Fairyland. She gets what she wishes, but not as she expected or wanted. Instead of being in Fairyland itself, she is over it--literally on the Moon. As in her two earlier two books, Valente's world-building is gorgeous, unexpected and somehow just right--i.e a Stationary Circus instead of a traveling one that has performers made of paper. She has a a singular imagination and it's a delight to spend time with it.

But, unlike the two earlier books in the series, Soared does not stand on its own--not only is there a cliffhanger ending, the book brings up far more issues than it resolves. Indeed, the strong narrative drive of the second book, is largely missing here. Instead, Valente barely bothers to connect the chapters and instead seems more focused on philosophical questions and literary inventions. September has moments of initiative and action, but much of the storyline is driven by external events or concerns matters that happened in the past. For that reason, it's less, too, of a children's book than the earlier ones. Older kids who enjoyed the first two, though, will probably enjoy this one as well. It won't, however, hook anyone new into the series.

In other words, this book suffers from middle-itis--it's largely set up for the next novel. In many ways, it's really a three-star not a four-star novel, but I'm giving it extra credit for Valente's vision of the moon and the potential of the storyline she's developing.
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I will never be able to get enough of Fairyland! The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two brings our heroine September and the reader back to Fairyland in yet another adventure that is wholly unique yet in keeping with the glorious style of the previous two books.

This year’s birthday come and gone, September is a year older, indeed she is 15 now and the time has past when she should have been bundled off to Fairyland. But of course being a year older, she is much more mature. Seeing this progression is part of the journey and the fun. These would be perfect books for a young girl to read as she is moving from childhood into puberty. The reader is witness to September’s marvelous growth from a child into a preteen and now to a young teenager. If the reader is a child themselves imagine how amazing that would be?

The trouble with lies is that they love company. Once you tell a single lie, that lie gets terribly excited and calls all its friends to visit. ~pg 1

There are so many more responsibilities and oddball things September now has to consider in addition to saving Fairyland. What is a girl to do…and however is she going to handle it?

That is the trouble with standing up to people, of course. Once you start doing it, you can hardly stop. ~pg 122

Luckily, this installment brings back her beloved friends Saturday and Ell. As well as takes her into ever more interesting places to meet quite peculiar and delightful people. The real destination, however, is the Moon. Along the way she will learn so much more about her friends and herself than she might be able to handle. The whimsical humor delights me at every turn of the page and yet there is still this core of meaning that will not be denied.
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September has traveled to Fairyland twice, and every time she returns to the mundane world, she finds herself longing to return.

But she has to take an unexpected route back in "The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two," the third novel in Catherynne M. Valente's Fairyland series. And those who enjoyed the previous two books will know what to expect -- a luminous, dazzling mixture of Narnia and Wonderland, with whimsical imaginings and lushly jeweled prose.

The war is almost over, September has turned fourteen, and she's begun to worry that she's becoming too old to travel to Fairyland (although she is constantly prepared to pop back over). But then she manages to hitchhike with the Blue Wind over the tattered Line between worlds -- and once again, finds herself in a bizarre little segment of the magical world. Not quite in Fairyland, though.

After getting labeled a criminal and acquiring a car names Arostook, September sets out for Fairyland -- and ends up on a strange odyssey with a Klabautermann (otter-mariner), a journey to the moon, the Almanack and the Black Cosmic Dog. But after being reunited with an old friend, she learns of a new sinister creature causing trouble -- Ciderskin, a Yeti who wants to conquer the Moon and cause destruction to Fairyland.

Compared to the first two books, "The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two" takes awhile to get its bearings -- the first half is just September meandering around, encountering wacky creatures. It's only after she encounters A-Through-L and Abecedaria that we find out what's ultimately going on -- and after that, it takes some unexpected twists (including one that will leave you frothing for the fourth book).
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