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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own M... by Catherynne M. Valente
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Nov 29, 11

bookshelves: fairy-tales, ncbla, strong-women
Read in November, 2011

Even with a nod to books such as the Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland, classics that surely must have influenced the author, this title contains much that is original and fresh as it introduces September, a plucky 12-year-old girl who longs for adventure. When the Green Wind beckons her from the window in her Omaha, Nebraska home, she hardly has to think twice before embarking on a grand adventure. Along the way, September meets a cast of unusual characters, some kind-hearted and some not, and must face the Marquess who gives her an almost impossible task of retrieving a spoon. But there's more to the quest than there seems to be on the surface, and more to the wicked Marquess than might be known to those around her, and as September navigates Fairyland, she has several narrow escapes and even loses her shadow before finally returning home just before she can even be missed by her mother. One of my favorite aspects of the book is September's loyalty to her friends, loyalty that they return despite risking the displeasure of the Marquess. This one easily captures readers' attentions and doesn't pale even after a second reading.
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