The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
by Catherynne M. Valente
May 10, 2011
Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.I'm not the type of person to buy a book based on a blurb. But just look at the stack of awesome people who blurbed this:
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“A GLORIOUS BALANCING ACT BETWEEN MODERNISM AND THE VICTORIAN FAIRY TALE, DONE WITH HEART AND WISDOM.” -- Neil Gaiman, Newbery Award-winning author of The Graveyard Book
“SEPTEMBER IS A CLEVER, FUN, STRONGHEARTED ADDITION TO THE RANKS OF BOLD, ADVENTUROUS GIRLS. VALENTE’S SUBVERSIVE STORYTELLING IS SHEER MAGIC.” -- Tamora Pierce, author of The Immortals series
“A MAD, TOOTHSOME ROMP OF A FAIRY TALE—FULL OF ODDMENTS, WHIMSY, AND JOY.” -- Holly Black, author of Zombies vs. Unicorns and the Spiderwick Chronicles
“WHEN I SAY THAT THIS BOOK REMINDS ME SIMULTANEOUSLY OF E. NESBIT, JAMES THURBER, AND THE LATE EVA IBBOTSON, I DON’T MEAN TO TAKE ANYTHING AWAY FROM ITS ASTONISHING ORIGINALITY. IT’S A CHARMER FROM THE FIRST PAGE, MANAGING THE REMARKABLE PARLAY OF BEING AT ONCE RIDICULOUSLY FUNNY AND SURPRISINGLY SUSPENSEFUL. CATHERYNNE VALENTE IS A FIND, AT ANY AGE!” -- Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn
Holy crap, I totally geeked out when I saw the authors who blurbed this book! Are you kidding me?! I'm definitely buying this. It could be a book about repaving a driveway and if I saw all four of these names on it I'd buy it. Thankfully, though, it seems to be about a girl sailing a ship around a fairy land. It sounds like a really cute and fun read!
What book are you waiting on?