Feiwel and Friends, 2013. 978-1250023506
Synopsis: 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. – from Amazon.com
Why I picked it up: I loved the first two books in the series, so I was eager to read the next one.
Why I finished it: Much like September, the reader is yearning to return to Fairyland to spend time with Ell and Saturday, but we soon find that there is more at work than just the mischief of the past. September is older now, and much as we do as we grow older, we wonder if we should be putting our childish ways behind us in order to enter into adulthood, though we long to stay young so that we can still play the same as we have before. She is battling internally with the notion that she may become too old for Fairyland, though her life in the real world means she has to take on more responsibilities now that her father is back from the war. Yet, she is still the same girl that we knew back in the first book that longs to go places and do something more with her life than simply clean teacups. Valente creates for the reader a vivid picture of life on Fairyland’s moon, complete with the odd assortment of creatures that charmed the reader in her first two Fairyland books. The mix between the Victorian and the fantastic is oddly reminiscent of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, another tale about a girl who finds herself in a world that is not her own, and she has delightfully blended the two worlds together to capture our imaginations once again and leave us wondering where September’s next adventure will take her.
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