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"One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century."—Time magazine, on the Fairyland series

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.

With exquisite illustrations by acclaimed artist Ana Juan, Fairyland lives up to the sensation it created when author Catherynne M. Valente first posted it online. For readers of all ages who love the charm of Alice in Wonderland and the soul of The Golden Compass, here is a reading experience unto itself: unforgettable, and so very beautiful.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Fiction title for 2011.


The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
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A triumph for girls
September 13th, 2015
I wish I knew some tween-age girls to give copies of this book to. It is so imaginative, and the main character is such a good example of a resilient, resourceful, self-relient female. This book is simply beautiful, and I loved every word of it.
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June 6th, 2014
This book had me entranced from beginning to end! Valente is a great narrator, and the story of September was at times tragic and sometimes hysterical. There were beautiful parts as well. I laughed, I cried, and I read with baited breath to see what happens. I'm so excited to read the rest of the series!
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I learned many new words
September 4th, 2013
Loved it! Not your average sort of story. My imagination has been thouroughly stretched. I usually read very fast but this book had me slowing down to catch every detail. Although maybe that was because there seemed to be details in excess. Definitely give this book a go!
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A wondrous adventure
March 13th, 2013
I really enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it and hope that nobody in my book group notices this review before our meeting.
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