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The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

Fairyland

Catherynne M. Valente; Illustrated by Ana Juan

Square Fish

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

September has longed to return to Fairyland after her first adventure there. And when she finally does, she learns that its inhabitants have been losing their shadows—and their magic—to the world of Fairyland Below. This underworld has a new ruler: Halloween, the Hollow Queen, who is September’s shadow. And Halloween does not want to give Fairyland’s shadows back.

Fans of Valente’s bestselling, first Fairyland book will revel in the lush setting, characters, and language of September’s journey in The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, all brought to life by fine artist Ana Juan. Readers will also welcome back good friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. But in Fairyland Below, even the best of friends aren’t always what they seem. . . .

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

September has longed to return to Fairyland after her first adventure there. And when she finally does, she learns that its inhabitants have been losing their shadows—and their magic—to the world of Fairyland Below. This underworld has a new ruler: Halloween, the Hollow Queen, who is September’s shadow. And Halloween does not want to give Fairyland’s shadows back.

Fans of Valente’s bestselling, first Fairyland book will revel in the lush setting, characters, and language of September’s journey in The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, all brought to life by fine artist Ana Juan. Readers will also welcome back good friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. But in Fairyland Below, even the best of friends aren’t always what they seem. . . .

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CHAPTER I

EXEUNT IN A ROWBOAT, PURSUED BY CROWS
In Which a Girl Named September Keeps a Secret, Has a Difficult Time at School, Turns Thirteen, and Is Finally Nearly Run over by a Rowboat, Thereby Finding Her Way into Fairyland

 
Once upon a time, a girl named September had a secret.
Now, secrets are delicate things. They can fill you up with sweetness and leave you like a cat who has found a particularly fat sparrow to eat and did not get clawed or bitten even once while she was about it. But they can also get stuck inside you, and very slowly boil up your bones for
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Praise for The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

A Time Magazine Best Book of the Year

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

"Valente is making new myths right now, right before our eyes. Don't miss the show." —Time magazine

"[Valente] fills her Fairyland with magical wonder." —School Library Journal

* "Remarkable. . . . Sophisticated, prodigious blending of familiar and original storytelling elements adds multilayered texture, while the rich prose oozes exotic, imaginative imagery." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 

Praise for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland:

"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 saw 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

* "This is a kind of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by way of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland—it’s the sort of book one doesn’t want to end." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "[Fairyland creates] a world as bizarre and enchanting as any Wonderland or Oz and a heroine as curious, resourceful and brave as any Alice or Dorothy. Complex, rich and memorable." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "This book is quite simply a gold mine." —Booklist, starred review

"Amusing, wrenching, and thought-provoking." —The Horn Book
A Time Magazine Best Book of the Year

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

"Valente is making new myths right now, right before our eyes. Don't miss the show." —Time magazine

"[Valente] fills her Fairyland with magical wonder." —School Library Journal

* "Remarkable. . . . Sophisticated, prodigious blending of familiar and original storytelling elements adds multilayered texture, while the rich prose oozes exotic, imaginative imagery." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 

Praise for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland:

"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 saw 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

* "This is a kind of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by way of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland—it’s the sort of book one doesn’t want to end." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "[Fairyland creates] a world as bizarre and enchanting as any Wonderland or Oz and a heroine as curious, resourceful and brave as any Alice or Dorothy. Complex, rich and memorable." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "This book is quite simply a gold mine." —Booklist, starred review

"Amusing, wrenching, and thought-provoking." —The Horn Book

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Catherynne M. Valente; Illustrated by Ana Juan

  • Catherynne M. Valente, acclaimed author of many books for adults, made her children’s book debut with The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her husband. ANA JUAN is a world-renowned illustrator known in this country for her wonderful covers for the New Yorker magazine, as well as the children's books The Night Eater, and Frida, written by Jonah Winter. She lives in Spain.

  • Catherynne M. Valente
    Catherynne M. Valente
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The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

Fairyland

Catherynne M. Valente; Illustrated by Ana Juan

Time Magazine Top 10 Books of the Year, Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year, Locus Awards - Nominee, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Tri-State Reviews Committee Books of Note - Master List
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