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Aurelie

A Faerie Tale

Heather Tomlinson

Square Fish

Once upon a time, three children and a little river dragon were the best of friends—until a promise was broken. Now they are almost grown up and barely speaking to one another. With her country in turmoil, Aurelie is sent on a peacekeeping mission. But how can she prevent a war when she can’t even make her friends get along? Heartsick at losing her dearest companions, especially the handsome Garin, Aurelie finds comfort in her secret, late-night trips to fairyland. But a princess can’t hide from her duties forever. Her country needs her, and so do her friends—whether they know it or not. Aurelie is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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CHAPTER 1: Netta
We promised, the three of us. No one would discover that we could see the Fae. Too dangerous, Loic had warned, rubbing his nurse’s magic ointment on our left eyes. It stung. I remember blinking through the pain, thrilled at a story come to life: his scaled legs and lizard tail, a boy’s arms, torso, and handsome face. After that one solemn moment years ago, the little river drac’s hyacinth-blue gaze was never so serious again.
     But we believed him. We’d heard Madame Brebisse’s tales around the fire of a night, while Princess
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Praise for Aurelie

“Intriguing fantasy . . . a Shakespearean tangle of love stories.”—Booklist, Starred Review
 
“Political intrigue, star-crossed lovers, and the intermingling of two distinct worlds make for an exciting and intricate tale. The many characters and situations are fully realized and spellbound readers will be hoping for a sequel.”—School Library Journal

“Sharply realized characters abound in both magical and human form. . . . Vivid descriptions and intricate plot twists convey that most traditional element of all faerie stories—the misunderstandings between humans and the Fae despite the best intentions.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Aurelie is a wonderful introduction to the world of Faerie, one which is consistent with traditional myths—such as sighting ointment and faerie revels—yet keeps the lore from becoming overwhelming by limiting its scope.”—KLIATT

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Heather Tomlinson

  • HEATHER TOMLINSON has taught English in Paris and French in the U.S. Her next book, Toads and Diamonds, will be available from Henry Holt in Spring 2010. Heather lives on a houseboat in and around southern California with her engineer husband and cats X, Y, and Z. Visit her at www.heathertomlinson.com.
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Aurelie

A Faerie Tale

Heather Tomlinson

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
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