The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There
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The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

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In the kingdom of Fairyland-Below, preparations are underway for the annual Revels . . . but aboveground, the creatures of Fairyland are in no mood for a party. It has been a long time since young September bid farewell to Fairyland, and she is excited to see it again; but upon her return she is shocked to find that her friends have been losing their shadows, and therefore their magic, to the kingdom of Fairyland-Below... It spells certain disaster and September won't stand for it. Determined to make amends, she travels down into the underworld where, among creatures of ice and moonlight, she encounters a face she recognizes all too well: Halloween, the Hollow Queen. Only then does September realize what she must do to save Fairyland from slipping into the mundane world forever.Come and join in the Revels with September and her friends. But be warned: in Fairyland-Below, even the best of friends aren't always what they seem . . . Praise for Cat Valente's FAIRYLAND series:'A glorious balancing act between modernism and the Victorian fairy tale, done with heart and wisdom.' Neil Gaiman.'An Alice in Wonderland for the 21st century... So effortless, so vivid, so funny. Every page has a phrase or observation to savour and her characters are wondrous creations.' Sunday Telegraph.'A charming modern fairytale...with a knowing twinkle in its eye.' Telegraph.'A whole esoteric world of whimsy - Alice meets the Wizard of Oz meets the Persephone story with a whiff of Narnia.' Independent on Sunday.'Bundles of imagination and wry wit... This is a sophisticated world of forfeits, paradoxes and tricks.' Financial Times. 'Catherynne Valente has, with a minimum of fuss, written one of the great young-adult fantasy diptychs since Lewis Carroll.' Lev Grossman, Time Magazineshow more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 139 x 196 x 28mm | 422g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Much-In-Little
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1780338449
  • 9781780338446
  • 230,403

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I love the story... I love September... I love Fairyland... I love the language... I love that it's the rare book - like Coraline or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - that you want to read aloud to a child not only as a loving obligation but because it makes you want to explore Fairyland together, hand in hand. In short: I love it, and I think and surely hope that you will too. -- John Scalzi The strength of this fable for all ages lies in its droll tone and witty moralising. It is also stuffed with extraordinary and indomitable female characters. * Financial Times * ...challenging and darkly beautiful and hugely ambitious. -- Lev Grossman * Time * A stellar sequel... Valente's inviting, lush, and densely detailed world is evocative of well-travelled lands such as Neverland and Oz, but, at the same time, is uniquely its own. This is sure to draw new fans. * Booklist (starred review) * Familiar and original storytelling... The rich prose oozes exotic, imaginative imagery. Juan's black-and-white spot art highlights September's questing. Heartless September sprouts a heart during this remarkable, awesome journey. * Kirkus (starred review) * One of the strongest fantasy novels for young readers I've had the pleasure of getting lost in...There's as much Phantom Tollbooth here as there is Narnia...Shot through with menace and heroism, [y]ou never know what's coming next in Fell Beneath -- Cory Doctorow * BoingBoing * Catherynne Valente has, with a minimum of fuss, written one of the great young-adult fantasy diptychs since Lewis Carroll. * Time Magazine *show more

About Catherynne M. Valente

Catherynne M. Valente is the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Much-in-Little, 2012). She lives on an island off the coast of Maine.show more

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7,412 ratings
4.18 out of 5 stars
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4 40% (2,935)
3 16% (1,171)
2 3% (193)
1 1% (55)

Our customer reviews

Originally posted at: A Girl that Likes Books Someone has to tell you it's impossible or the Quest can't go on. Why I read this book I read The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her own Making last year and absolutely loved Valente's style and her characters. I got the print version of the book, because is so beautifully illustrated. What the book is about September saved Fairyland once but had to go back to Omaha, where she found herself having a hard time readjusting to her life without her friends and without magic. She is now almost a teen and all she wants is to go back to her beloved Fairyland. When her greatest wish is finally granted she realizes that Fairyland is in big trouble and that this time, she might be the one to blame. She will set up on a full quest to bring back the world that she so dearly loves. First impressions Some things are for hiding and for keeping This book is beautiful, just beautiful to look at, not only its cover, but the illustrations for every chapter by Ana Juan. That aside, the history is absolutely endearing. From the first chapters I remembered how much I loved September as a character and how I was also missing going back to Fairyland. Final thoughts You need your dark side, because without it, you are half gone. Cats, on the other hand, have a more sensible set up. It was interesting to see September at this stage in which she is no longer a little kid, while not being an adult either. I love the idea of her "growing a heart" and how this affects the way she encounters and confronts situations. It was nice to see her taking responsibility and not hiding from it. The whole concepts of the shadows and how they would behave in comparison to their "originals" was nicely executed. It remind me a bit of the way the people from the Kahani are depicted in Haroun and the Sea of Stories (light vs dark) but a big difference is that EACH person has it counterpart in Valente's books. The new characters were quite nice too. I loved Avogadra and her library, and the poor scared dodo Aubergine where certainly my favorites. Valente has a gift to take mundane things and infuses them with magic to create whimsical characters, case in point the Vicereine of Coffee ant the Duke of Teatime. Above all I think what I like about this series is that so far it has something for every age, so I can share it with anyone. It goes to my pile to be shared in the future with a little one, but I will recommend it to anyone who wants to indulge the kid that still leaves inside of all of us. Teenage hearts are raw and new, fast and fierce and they do not know their own strength.show more
by Carolina Gomez
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