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Ever since she was teased for believing in fairies, Mellie has adopted a strictly scientific and logical approach to life. But when her parents inherit her grandfather's inn, she learns that for generations, her family members have been fairy guardians. The fairies exchanged some of their powers for this protection but now they want their magic back. An evil temptress in d ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 20th 2011 by Dial (first published December 8th 2010)
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Annie
OK. I'm not going to lie. I read this book because it has glitter on the cover and got a great Horn Book review--but mostly because it has glitter on the cover. Yet it turned out to be a fantastic book that actually had more depth than I was expecting. Yes, there are fairies, but a lot of the action revolves around this group of fairies trying to decide whether to keep the magic they have that allows them to create complete artifice and amazing, imaginative illusions that they can live in (even ...more
Cathy
Fairy Lit seems to becoming a bona fide genre, if you can count the never ending series of Rainbow Fairy books. I thoroughly enjoyed The Night Fairy, and thought Small Persons with Wings sounded promising. Oh, how I ended up hating this book. The only thing good about it was the title - it was clever. The story however was a disaster. The biggest problem was that I could not tell who the book was intended for. It seems to be marked at the 4th-8th crowd, but it felt too me like an adult trying to ...more
Betsy
We're all sick of vampires right now. We're also a little tired of zombies and don’t even TALK to me about angels. A couple years ago you could have said the same about child wizards. Fantasy trends, you see, are fickle and fleeting. One trend that somehow hasn’t managed to become annoying ubiquitous, however, is the fairy trend. In spite of the vast popularity of the Rainbow Fairies series, fairy books for kids and teens come out in spurts and starts. No single fairy has managed to cross into t ...more
Denise
Ok, this book was a disappointment. I guess I just expected too much after reading the other reviews. When a book is rated for fifth through seventh graders, I don't think tampons should be mentioned in it. It seems that too many liberties are being taken with kid lit in recent years. Can we not have a book with sex, cursing, and feminine products mentioned in it for elementary aged children.
Brandy Painter
Review originally posted here.

They call themselves the Parvi Pennati. Whatever you do, don't call them fairies (they hate to be called fairies). They may be minuscule, but they are temperamental, and making them mad could result in serious injury. This makes life difficult if you're a member of the family that is the guardian of these fairies S.P.W.W.s. And life is already difficult enough for Mellie Turpin. With these ingredients, Ellen Booraem has concocted a delightfully witty tale of magic,
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Tyler Jolley
Small Persons with Wings

Small Persons with Wings is a middle grade to young adult novel about exactly as the title indicates: fairies…but don’t’ call them fairies; they prefer ‘small persons with wings.’

Mellie Turpin is the only daughter of the Turpin family in Boston. She’s a social outcast because she’s round, has a big nose and has a large vocabulary that her peers don’t understand. One day, in an attempt to gain friends, she tells everyone in her kindergarten class that she has a fairy and p
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Delaney
This book was disappointing! >:( I thought it would be a fun read. I was literally waiting for something, ANYTHING, good to happen. It never did come. And since I've read another book that is fairies involved (though this is Small Persons with Wings) I thought it would be just as good. Boy was that wrong! The characters were boring, unrealistic, lame, not interesting, and not entertaining enough! I thought I liked the fairy (Small Person with Wings but I'll just stick to fairy cause I'm M-A-D ...more
Nancy
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Caitlin L
I recently finished, "Small Persons With Wings" and it's about a young girl, Melissa (Mellie) and her beliefs for the mythical fairies (they prefer the term, small persons with wings). She tells her classmates and instantly becomes known as Fairy Fat. Later Mellie moves to another town, she can finally start a new life! No bad reputations, just a clean sheet. She finds out that fairies are real not long after the move, and that her family has some kind of pact with them. This book contains small ...more
Wendy
This was a disappointment to me. It's tempting to say just "it's not my thing" and move on, but atually, this IS my thing--magic/fantasy as long as it's set in the real world. So it isn't just that. I really liked all the human characters, and that's where the three stars come from. I liked all the art history, and my favorite part is toward the beginning when Mellie has devoted herself to science, logic, and facts. The art scrapbook, and her father's reaction to it, is the funniest thing in the ...more
Zoie B.
Okay, I gave this book a chance, but I couldn't bare with it. I am a 13 year old girl, and this was my required book for the summer chosen by my K-8 school. All of my classmates agree that this was the worst summer reading book yet. First, the plot was horrible and predictable. An 'outcast''s family is cursed by fairies, what happens next!? Oh my lord, I was in tears. The writing was even worse. I expected a decent young adult novel and I got a book that has "adult humor" and with the writing st ...more
Gracie
Small Persons With Wings

By: Ellen Booraem

report by: Gracie Schlutz

Key issues:

Fitting in, growing up, moving, friendship, fairies and discovering the truth.

List of characters:

Mellie-protanonist, Narrator, curious, has fairy friends, picked on and called fairy fat.

Fidius- Antagonist, ran away, is a fairy, disllikes it when is called a fairy, has many fairy friends, made Mellie unpopular by not showing up to show and tell in kindergarden and is michevious.

kids at school- mean, make fun of mellie, c
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Jessica
This was quite a good middle-grade novel!
I was a little confused about the premise for the first couple of pages, but it did make itself a little clearer. There were some parts in the middle section, that we thought we had figured out, and then BAM, plot twist! I was not expecting the way the story ended, but it was full of twists & turns right at the end.
I think this book does a good job of hooking the reader in through each chapter, keeping the pages turning.
I give this novel 4 stars.
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Chris
Don't call them "fairies," because they're proud, particular, and prickly. They happen to be small, winged, and magical, but they have a lineage that makes them much more than the stuff of fairy tales. A part of that lineage is their connection to the Turpin family. Mellie Turpin makes the mistake in kindergarten of telling classmates about her fairy friend and is punished by his absence, then convinced by her parents and cruel classmates that she imagined him. Then, when she's thirteen, she lea ...more
Kathy
Nice take on the idea of fairies (or small persons with wings, as they prefer).

When she was little, Mellie had a 3" tall friend (Fidius) who had beautiful wings. Among other things, he would change squash into candy corn for her (even though it still tasted like squash). All this came to an end when Mellie thought she might take Fidius to show-and-tell for her kindergarten class. Fidius was furious. He disappeared, leaving a small china figurine in his place. After all, there are no such things
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Brittany Perry
This book has a lot of heart. You don't see a lot of fairy books out there and this one actually worked and made sense. I loved that the main character was not a generic over done pretty girl and that it was her brain that allowed her to be the hero. And cheers for a little skinny boy who becomes her friend so easily. Honestly I would love to see a sequel (there might be one I haven't looked), because to me it seemed like the two would end up together but by the end of the book it is her friend. ...more
Addison Children
Mellie has fairy problem. Fidius, a small person with wings (fairy), has been her friend as long as she can remember. He tells her stories, animates her toys, and is a great and comforting friend. Until she tells her classmates about him. He disappears, her classmates think she is a liar and for the next seven years they call her Fairy Fat. Now a reprieve. The grandpa no one likes has died and left her family an inn - they are moving. No more Fairy Fat, a chance to make new friends. Turns out th ...more
Claire
Interesting and unique, but incredibly muddled
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Mellie has a friend that is really small and has wings. His name is Fidius. Really. She’s not making it up, and to prove it she’s promised the kids in her class that she will bring him to school. When she tells Fidius this plan he is none too pleased. “I am not your servant. I am your secret.” In the night, he disappears leaving Mellie with nothing to take to school but a china figure…of a small person with wings. Makes you wonder if he was real doesn’t it? Maybe Mellie just has a really good im ...more
Beth G.
Last June, my parents jumped off a roof because of a pinky ring.

So begins Mellie's story, and then she quickly jumps back several years to the day she told her kindergarten classmates that she had a real live fairy (except they hate to be called fairies, they are "Small Persons with Wings") named Fidius at home. She was going to show everybody that it was true, but Fidius got angry and abandoned her instead, leaving her to years of taunting and bullying from her classmates. By the seventh grade,
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Shazzer
As posted on Outside of a Dog:

I have always loved fairy tales. When I was a child, I absorbed the stories of the fairy land of Oz, and as an adult I have devoured and dissected the tales of Andrew Lang, the Brothers Grimm and other legends from around the world. There is something about the fairy tale, whether it involves fairies or not, that endures, and something about that fascinates me. In the case of Ellen Booraem’s Small Persons with Wings, we’re dealing with fairies (more on that later) a
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paula
Mellie, the main character in Small Persons with Wings, is not faux awkward. She is "not-skinny," and "not-blonde," the only child of two artists/shop teachers, and she has been teased mercilessly since kindergarten for telling her class about the fairy in her bedroom. Since then, she's cultivated a relentlessly intellectual, systematic view of the world that has further isolated her from her peers.

We'd feel pretty terrible for Mellie, but she is a genuinely resilient kid. She has made herself a
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Sarai
I wanted to give this 3 1/2 stars. It was cute, funny at times - I liked her lists - but overall there were no surprises and why would the kid next door like her after the way she treats him during their first encounters? Still, there were some creative ideas here.


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Ever since she was teased for believing in fairies, Mellie has adopted a strictly scientific and logical approach to life. But when her parents inherit her grandfather's inn, she learns that for generations, her fam
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Heidi
Mellie had a small friend named Fidius when she was young. He was a small person with wings (NOT a fairy). Unfortunately, Mellie bragged about him one day in kindergarten and the kids pressured her into bringing him to school. When Fidius found out about this, he disappeared. Soon, all the kids at school were calling Mellie, 'Fairy Fat.' Mellie responded by turning away from all things imaginary and becoming an avid student of math, science, and artists. She's relieved when she finds out her fam ...more
Mary
Dryly clever, well-written, and very imaginative! 13-year-old Mellie Turpin tells the story, including how she came to distrust the joys of the imagination. Like many five-year-olds, Mellie had an imaginary friend, a Small Person with Wings named Fidius. He could change her squash into candy corn (though it still felt and tasted like squash), make her My Little Pony gallop, and change the wallpaper in her room. But then she made the mistake of trying to bring him to school for show and tell. Wha ...more
Tasha
Mellie grew up with a fairy living in her bedroom. He was her best friend for years. But when she told her kindergarten class about him, he disappeared before she could prove he existed. Now at age 13, she is still called “Fairy Fat” by her classmates. Even her parents who had agreed that the fairy existed and treated him as real, declare in front of the school counselor that it is all Mellie’s imagination. So Mellie decides to turn off her imagination and become practical. When her parents inhe ...more
Jody Kopple
This unusual fairy story begins with Mellie's Kindergarten years, as she has a fairy aka "small person with wings" that keeps her company. When she shares this fact with her classmates, who generally torment her because of her weight, she has a small surge of popularity, but loses it quickly when she can't make good on a promise to bring him in for show 'n tell. The years following are filled with relentless teasing/bullying from her classmates, as well as the loss of the fairy companion. The bo ...more
Reader
A charming little tale. Think of it as Diane Wynne Jones redux. Mellie's got a whole bunch of problems, but when it gets right down to it they probably all stem from one source: fairies. Except you shouldn't really call them that. Say "small persons with wings" instead, or you might find yourself on the receiving end of some pretty malignant little sprites. In Mellie's family if you're a Turpin then you're resigned to the fact that you may have to play host to some pretty temperamental French fa ...more
Marjorie Ingall
Loved Mellie, loved the set-up (chubby kid teased since kindergarten for her youthful belief in fairies...which, of course, turns out to be true). Mellie is a terrific narrator, and as the fairy world becomes more visible (and creepy) there are a lot of cool set pieces and images. The pathetic and drunk yet proud fairy that Mellie and her family encounter at their grandfather's old inn is a terrific character. And I found the ending super-satisfying.

The problem: I was bored senseless by all the
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Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Mellie Turpin has been suffering for her entire school career. Not only has she always been teased about being overweight, but she made the mistake of promising her kindergarten class that she’d bring in Fidius, her fairy friend, for show-and-tell. When Fidius disappeared the night before show-and-tell, Mellie was declared a liar and earned the sticky nickname “Fairy Fat.”

Now that she’s thirteen, Mellie has learned to suppress her imagination, but she’s st
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A former small-town newspaper reporter and editor, Ellen Booraem is the author of three fantasies for ages 10 and up: TEXTING THE UNDERWORLD (Penguin/Dial Books for Young Readers, 2013) SMALL PERSONS WITH WINGS (Penguin/Dial, 2011) and THE UNNAMEABLES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Books, 2008).

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