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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own M... by Catherynne M. Valente
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really liked it
bookshelves: 2012-reads, coffee-talk, sci-fi-fantasy
Read in March, 2012

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
By Catherynne M. Valente
YA VAL
3.5 Stars

~Amazon Description~

Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.

Imagine if The Wizard of Oz fell down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland and traveled a crazy world with Milo in The Phantom Tollbooth…that’s sort of what The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is like. Valente’s fairyland is a dangerous place filled with odd individuals, wild bicycles, and a rather manic tyrant of a queen. Like all good fairytales, September learns a variety of lessons along the way that help her make right decisions in the end. The book jumps right into the adventure with very little setup which threw me off for a while, but after being introduced fully to September and her adventure, I really started to enjoy the story. I’m a sucker for a good fairytale, and the story had it all (good vs. evil, sincere inhabitants that help the main character, danger around every corner). It also had fun chapter titles that summarized what was about to happen, which I LOVE! For lovers of classic stories like the ones mentioned earlier, or just feel-good adventure stories, check out Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.
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Catherynne M. Valente
“She sounds like someone who spends a lot of time in libraries, which are the best sorts of people.”
Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Catherynne M. Valente
“When one is traveling, everything looks brighter and lovelier. That does not mean it IS brighter and lovelier; it just means that sweet, kindly home suffers in comparison to tarted-up foreign places with all their jewels on.”
Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making


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