The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two

Fairyland (Volume 3)

Catherynne M. Valente; Illustrated by Ana Juan

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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

September misses Fairyland and her friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. She longs to leave the routines of home and embark on a new adventure. Little does she know that this time, she will be spirited away to the moon, reunited with her friends, and find herself faced with saving Fairyland from a moon-Yeti with great and mysterious powers. 

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two is another rich, beautifully told, wisely humorous, and passionately layered book from New York Times–bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente.


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In Which a Girl Named September Tells Several Lies, Hoards Money, Turns Fourteen, Wears Trousers, and Goes on a Joy-Ride
Once upon a time, a girl named September told a great number of lies.
The trouble with lies is that they love company. Once you tell a single lie, that lie gets terribly excited and calls all its friends to visit. Soon you find yourself making room for them in every corner, turning down beds and lighting lamps to make them comfortable, feeding them and tidying them and mending them when they start to wear


Praise for The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two

"Valente’s Fairyland is terrible and beautiful—with a circus made out of stationery, a city populated with photographic negatives, and glimpses of Septembers and Saturdays past and future just a few of the strange wonders introduced in this volume." - The Horn Book


*"Like September, readers may leave their hearts in Fairyland." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review


"As usual, Valente enlightens readers with pearly gleams of wisdom about honesty, identity, free will, and growing up. September often worries who she should be and what path she should follow, but the lovely truth, tenderly told, is that it’s all up to her. Thanks to a dramatic cliffhanger ending, there is sure to be more empowerment and whimsy to come." -- Booklist, starred review



Praise for previous books:


“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 awy 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." -- Publisher's 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, Starred Review

"This book is quite simply a gold mine." -- Booklist, Starred Review

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

In the Press

Catherynne Valente’s The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland, reviewed.
The third book in Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland series, The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two, comes out this month, adding another volume to the award-winning series, which critics have praised for its ambition and imagination, as well as its odd, dark beauty. The Fairyland...
- Slate

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  • Catherynne M. Valente; Illustrated by Ana Juan

  • Catherynne M. Valente, the 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 Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two


Catherynne M. Valente; Illustrated by Ana Juan

American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Maser List, The Globe Books 100, Locus Awards - Nominee, Locus Awards - Winner, Locus Awards - Nominee, Locus Awards - Winner


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