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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
  

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

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A highly original prize-winning debut 'fairy' novel that has won the hearts of readers across the US. Once an ordinary 12 year old, nothing is ever ordinary again for September after Green Wind, a fast talking man with a very bold suggestion, knocks on her window and invites her on a trip to Fairyland. With her parents away, September has nothing to loose but little does she know what's in store! Fairyland is in chaos and September decides that she's the one who will sort it out...Luckily, there's some help at hand of an unorthodox kind in the form of a book mad dragon. Can September get Fairyland back into shape? It's certainly a very exciting if unexpected ending.

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In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making a small number of both adults and children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'Although it’s described as being for young adults - I would encourage grownups of any age to read this book...By the end I just wanted to sit on a cushion on the floor next to the author and beg her to tell me another story about September, I can’t wait for her next book.' Liz Robinson.

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Synopsis

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

September is a twelve-year-old girl, Somewhat Grown and Somewhat Heartless, and she longs for adventure. So when a Green Wind and a Leopard of Little Breezes invite her to Fairyland - well, of course, she accepts (mightn't you?). When she gets there, she finds a land crushed by the iron rule of a villainous Marquess - she soon discovers that she alone holds the key to restoring order. As September forges her way through Fairyland, with a book-loving dragon and a boy named Saturday by her side, she makes many friends and mistakes. But while she loses her shadow, her shoe and her way, she finds adventure, courage, a rather special Spoon, and a lot more besides...

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A small number of adults and children were lucky enough to be invited to review The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. You can read their reviews below.

Michelle Hemmingway - 'A fantastically well written tale of adventure full of whimsy, beauty and bravery.' Click Here to read the full review.

Jodie Robson - 'Pure delight!' Click Here to read the full review.

Beverley Latarche - 'Wonderfully written tale of a girl called September who is whisked away to Fairyland and the adventures she shares trying to save Fairyland.' Click Here to read the full review.

Jenny Duffy - 'Valente weaves a spellbinding fairytale, and this is now one of my favourite books.' Click Here to read the full review.

Emily Passmore, age 13 - 'Alice in Wonderland-esque adventure which is really enjoyable and not at all predictable.' Click Here to read the full review.

Amie Coffman, age 10 - 'I loved this book, it was exciting and adventurous and full of lots of interesting characters who I enjoyed getting to know. I highly recommend it!' Click Here to read the full review.

Emma Baird, age 11 - 'This book is about a little girl called September who lives in Omaha. Her dad has been sent away to fight in a distant war and her Mum is always at work in the factory...' Click Here to read the full review.

Olivia Brook - 'the author's imagination seemingly knows no bounds. There's creativity in spades and a real off-the-wall spirit of adventure throughout.'Click Here to read the full review.

Liz Robinson - 'Although it’s described as being for young adults - I would encourage grownups of any age to read this book...By the end I just wanted to sit on a cushion on the floor next to the author and beg her to tell me another story about September, I can’t wait for her next book.' Click Here to read the full review.

Daisy Russell, age 10 - 'This book tells a very fascinating story about a young girl called September. I liked this book because of how it's so full of fantasy that it brings you to a magical world.' Click Here to read the full review.


Liam Pickering, age 11 -
'A quirky, unusual and strangely captivating tale that keeps you guessing and questioning things you thought you knew.' Click Here to read the full review.

Sarah Harper - 'An astounding and truly fantastical tale. Lose yourself in it and let you imagination run wild!' Click Here to read the full review.


Nicola Crisp -
'This book features a 12-year old girl who is bored of washing up tea cups so readily accepts an invitation to travel to Fairyland where she stumbles from one madcap situation to another in a style that is very similar to the works of Lewis Carrol.' Click Here to read the full review.


Sue Gale -
'Convoluted whimsy that draws you into its spell.' Click Here to read the full review.


Cyllene Griffiths -
'This is a beautifully crafted story, with all the essential ingredients of any good fairy tale, including a good dose of morality, fun and wickedness.' Click Here to read the full review.


Delilah Acworth, Teen -
'The plot itself was hard to grip, but once I got hold of it, it was an extremely enjoyable read.' Click Here to read the full review.

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Further praise for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.

‘A glorious balancing act between modernism and the Victorian Fairy Tale, done with heart and wisdom.’ - Neil Gaiman




About the Author

Catherynne M. Valente

Catherynne M. Valente is the New York Times bestselling author of over two dozen works of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan's Tales series, Deathless and the crowdfunded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. She is the winner of the Andre Norton, Tiptree, Mythopoeic, Rhysling, Lambda, Locus and Hugo awards. She has been a finalist for the Nebula and W orld Fantasy Awards. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with a small but grow ing menagerie of beasts, some of which are human.

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Publication date

17th January 2013

Author

Catherynne M. Valente

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www.valentefairyland.com/

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Publisher

Corsair an imprint of Constable and Robinson

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Fantasy
NewGen - YA Fiction
Literary Fiction
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General fiction (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9781780339818

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