Fortune's Folly

Deva Fagan

Henry Holt and Co.

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Ever since her mother died and her father lost his shoemaking skills, Fortunata has survived by telling fake fortunes. But when she’s tricked into telling a grand fortune for a prince, she is faced with the impossible task of fulfilling her wild prophecy—or her father will be put to death.

Now Fortunata has to help Prince Leonato secure a magic sword, vanquish a wicked witch, discover a long-lost golden shoe, and rescue the princess who fits it. If only she hadn’t fallen in love with the prince herself !

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“Never mind,” Allessandra murmured, helping me guide Father to the rear of the blue wagon. “I will see to your father. A bit of my tonic, and he’ll be better by next Saint’s day. And,” she added, “we can begin your training.”

            “Training? To do what?”

            “Why, to be a fortune-teller. To prognosticate. To consult the spirit voices and part the veil that guards the future.

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“Mixing romance, adventure, and unpredictable plot twists, this heartwarming story is a must for every collection.”—School Library Journal

“All the characters are flawed in different ways, lending a sense of realism to a narrative that might otherwise have seemed remote in time and place. And, as in a true fairy tale, the ending brings happiness to the protagonists and justice to their antagonists. A pleasing first novel.”—Booklist

“Readers will relish the clever allusions to stories from ‘Rapunzel’ to ‘Cinderella,’ rendering the first line of this winning debut novel that much more terrific: ‘Life would have been much easier if I believed in fairy tales.’”—Kirkus Reviews

“In her debut novel, Deva Fagan cleverly slips elements of several beloved fairy tales, from ‘Cinderella’ to ‘Rapunzel,’ into her story, playfully turning these old motifs on their heads... This tough, creative, fearless heroine will give readers someone to root for—whether they believe in fairy tales or not.”—Bookpage

"Fortunata’s narration is sassy yet sensible, believable in both her desperate and poweful moments, and laced with humor about her father’s hideous shoes. Fans of fairy-tale fiction will find this a perfect fit."—BCCB
 
“Tidbits of classic fairy tales, such as Cinderella, Rapunzel, and The Elves and the Shoemaker, are woven into this deftly written debut novel, which ends happily ever after, as all good fairy tales must. Offer this one to the girls who are reading Gail Carson Levine.”—VOYA

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Deva Fagan

DEVA FAGAN likes searching for patterns, which is how she explains both her degree in mathematics and the echoes of old fairy tales in her stories. She lives in Maine with her husband and her dog. This is her first book.

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Fortune's Folly
Deva Fagan

Hardcover

Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
April 2009
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805087420
ISBN10: 0805087427
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 770L
AR Quiz Number: 85752
AR Book Level: 5.6
AR Points: 9

$17.99

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
April 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429992398
ISBN10: 1429992395
Middle-Grade Fiction
5.5 x 8.25 inches, 272 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 770L
AR Quiz Number: 85752
AR Book Level: 5.6
AR Points: 9

$7.99
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