The Boys Who Lost Fairyland
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The Boys Who Lost Fairyland

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When a young troll named Hawthorn is stolen from Fairyland by the Red Wind, he becomes a Changeling - a human boy - in the strange city of Chicago, a place no less bizarre and magical than Fairyland. Left with a human family, Hawthorn struggles with his troll nature and his Changeling fate, while attending school and learning about human kindnesses - and un-kindnesses. TIME magazine has praised Catherynne M. Valente's Fairyland books as "one of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century." In this fourth installment of her saga, Valente's wisdom and wit will charm readers of all ages.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 139 x 210 x 17mm | 181.44g
  • Square Fish
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1250073324
  • 9781250073327
  • 97,274

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"One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far...
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"Valente's Fairyland is as bizarre and beautiful as ever, with a Wonderland-like un-logic that will keep readers both delighted and slightly off-balance." --The Horn Book for The Boy Who Lost Fairyland

"Readers may wish the words were food, so they could eat them up. And they may keep reading this series for just as long as people have been arguing about Oz." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review, for The Boy Who Lost 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, for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

"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, for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

"A mad, toothsome romp of a fairy tale--full of oddments, whimsy, and joy." --Holly Black, author of the Spiderwick Chronicles, for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

"When I say 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, for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

"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, for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

"[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, for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

"This book is quite simply a gold mine." --Booklist, starred review, for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

"Amusing, wrenching, and thought-provoking." --The Horn Book for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

"A phenomenal fantasy series worthy of a spot in every library collection." --School Library Journal for The Boy Who Lost Fairyland
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About Catherynne M. Valente

CATHERYNNE M. VALENTE is the author of over a dozen books of fiction and poetry, and is best-known for her urban speculative fiction, including Palimpsest (winner of the 2010 Lambda Award), and The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden. The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, her first novel for young readers, was posted online in 2009 and won the Andre Norton Award-the first book to ever win before traditional publication. Cat Valente lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her partner, two dogs, and an enormous cat.

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.
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Rating details

1,849 ratings
4.14 out of 5 stars
5 38% (694)
4 43% (796)
3 16% (302)
2 2% (44)
1 1% (13)
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