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The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two

(Fairyland #3)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  5,201 ratings  ·  749 reviews
September misses Fairyland and her friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. She longs to leave the routines of home, and embark on a new adventure. Little does she know that this time, she will be spirited away to the moon, reunited with her friends, and find herself faced with saving Fairyland from a moon-Yeti with great and mysterious powers.

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Hardcover, 248 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Feiwel & Friends
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I love Catherynne M Valente's writing, and recommend her to others only second to my beloved Diana Wynne Jones. My first introduction to her was the first book in the Fairyland series, which grabbed hold of me such that I was ecstatic to see the prequel short and overjoyed that a second book came out. I only just today learned that this is to be a five book series, and I had this one, the third, on Kindle pre-order the moment I learned of it. I have talked up her Orphan's Tales series beyond all ...more
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
While the language is beautiful and still bright, and while we've got a little older September to contend with, I don't think this is the best of the Fairyland books.

She's growing up, learning that Yeti's hands can control serious time and Words have a magic that is all the greater because it belongs not only to Fairies, but to everyone, and the clothes you wear are like the words you use. It's sweet, and it's good, but there was something missing in the middle of the book.


I loved th

[June 28, 2015] This was probably never going to be anything less than five stars. I love it, I'm invested, some of my favorite characters are here, and at the end of the day, Valente can tell us just about anything in the most beautiful language. She can make up any land and any creature and just brings it all to life with wit and clever phrases. I love reading these words so much, it's hard to hold anything else against them.

Each of her books seems to have a theme at the heart of them and as
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
It took me quite a long time to finish this book. Why? I'll get to that later.

The book series started out in 2009 as a crowdfunded middle-grade online novel (originally, a fictional children's book in the author's other book Palimpsest). I know, right?! How come this series is so "old", yet barely known throughout the world?! Doesn't seem appropriate.

As anyone following my reviews knows, I was absolutely smitten with the first book and equally delighted with the second (although the first book
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014

Just because it's imaginary doesn't mean it isn't real


this is September, a.k.a. The Girl Who Captured My Heart and Took It On A Marvellous Ride to Fairyland ...

... for the third time. Repeat offender this cutie, but I don't mind. On the contrary, I hope she makes plans for many more wacky, bittersweet, tenderly wistful returns to the land where Imagination runs free and where she can follow the imperatives of her Criminal heart.

That's right, you heard me! The denizens of Fairyland have dubb
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Yetis on the Moon, girls who drive Model As
Let it be known that I love, love, love Catherynne Valente's Fairyland books. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making was one of those books that I think justifies an author's entire career all by itself — its language, its heart, its ability to seize grown-up hearts as readily as it speaks to those of children. It's a book that makes me wish I had children so I could read it to them.

Do not speak against TGWCFIASOHOM. I will defriend you. (Kidding. Maybe.)

That was the
Jun 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this is the 3rd adventure of the girl September (now 14 years old) in Fairyland and upon re-reading, it is still my least favorite of the five books, unfortunately.

By now, we have become accustomed to the fact that September is returned to her world every time she has saved Fairyland. And, as has happened before as well, she's not too happy at "home". Sure, she loves having her mother AND father (despite her father's problems after returning form the war), but she is being bullied for being d
Megan Baxter
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love these books. I've said it before, and if there are more to come, I'll damn well say it again. I love these books. These are books I'd be so happy to read to children, and I would barely be able to suppress my glee to see what stories they'd come up with themselves, prompted by these inventive and whimsical tales. September, every time she goes to Fairyland, steals my heart.

Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You ca
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

September and the Model A Ford, Aroostook.

Twelve-year-old September has visited Fairyland twice before and longs to return. She misses her friends, the Marid, Saturday, and the Wyverary, affectionately called Ell. Life is sad and monotonous at home, where she helps her invalid father and does odd jobs for neighbours.

Anyone for a Taxicrab?

But when she finally gets back to her beloved Fairyland, things have changed. For one thing she can't find her friends. The Model A Ford she arrived in is also
Jenny (Reading Envy)
This was a lovely third book to the Fairyland series, where September has struggled to return to Fairyland and is wondering if you can ever really go back. The characters left behind in Fairyland have struggled too, missing her and loving her. Life apart is not always easy.

September meets a few versions of Saturday and starts to question whether she gets choices in her life, and between that and the nostalgia of childhood and facing being a grownup and what that means for her fairy land and fair
Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it
At this point, if you haven’t read the first two books, I definitely don’t suggest you jump in here. If you have, then what’re you waiting for? Fairyland has more enchantment, sadness, and whimsy for you. And in this book, September gets to spend time with Ell and Saturday again — the Ell and Saturday she knew in the first book, and not their shadows.

Once again, September doesn’t go back to Fairyland; at least, not so simply and directly. We have another new setting for the friends to explore, a
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story has been my favorite of the three that I have read so far, but they are all so unique it is really hard to decide. There were so many times that I had to stop and absolutely admire the author's prose and imagination. The weather descriptions really struck me. Most of them are in my update comments.

If you haven't met September and her friends in this series of unforgettable stories, you are missing out, dear reader!
Trigger warnings: violence.

On reread I'm bumping this down to 4 stars. I still love the world and the characters a lot, but I feel like this time around it took me literally forever to read it. I still have a lot of feelings for Ell and Saturday. I still think the writing is magnificent. I just kind of feel like maybe I've overdosed a little on this world by reading the first three books in the series back to back...

4.5 stars.

This was beautiful in so many ways. The writing is
Sonja Arlow
Mar 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2014-read
I have adored this series from the start, with its whimsical and highly imaginative storyline very reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland however this installment was very slow to start as it only really picked up at the 40% mark.

The writing, still beautiful in places, seemed to have become OTT with overly descriptive pages with no room for a plot line to develop. It almost seemed as if the author was trying to hard to show off her vivid imagination.

The storyline:
September has grown up, and is wor
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Listen to me. Love is a Yeti. It is bigger than you and frightening and terrible. It makes loud and vicious noises. It is hungry all the time. It has horns and teeth and the fore of its fists is more than anymore can bear. It speeds up time and slows it down. And it has its own aims and missions that those who are lucky enough to see it cannot begin to guess. You might see a Yeti once in your life or never. You might live in a village of them. But in the end, no matter how fast you think you can ...more
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this more than the second book because Ell and Saturday were in it for a good chunk. However, I didn't enjoy as many of the new characters as I remember enjoying in the first book. The plot was extra convoluted. Sometimes I didn't understand how we had gotten from one point to another. And that cliffhanger was very cliffy and hangery. I will continue with the series eventually though. ...more
Mar 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Escapism at its best. The most magical fairytale you’ll ever read and I fully understand why people compare it to Alice in Wonderland. The only difference is that the Fairyland series sometimes misses the fast pace Alice in Wonderland has, I’d say. Especially in this installment, the monologues and lectures made me lose concentration from time to time, but that’s my only complaint. I feel like September and A-through-L and Saturday are my friends and I was so happy that we finally got a lot of s ...more
Vanessa Fox
Dec 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Also not quite as good as the first, although better than the second, since it reunites the characters that the first book put so much work into investing us in.

And I did highlight some things. For instance:

"That's your first hint that something's alive. It says no... No is the heart of thinking."


"At the bottom of philosophy something very true and very desperate whispers: Everyone is hungry all the time. Everyone is starving. Everyone wants so much.. Everyone is hungry and not only for foo
I love Cathrynne Valente's language in this series, and the way she weaves a variety of folktale creatures into her tale about September's adventures in Fairyland. I was a little surprised by the ending of this installment, but loved how Valente showed how September was grappling with growing up. ...more
Wiebke (1book1review)
It was fun to be back in Fairyland. I forgot how twisted her writing is at times, I had to read sentences multiple times to understand them fully. I also forgot how much the book questions everything and forces us to rethink everything by changing perspective on it, or just highlighting certain aspects we normally ignore or blindly accept.
Needless to say, glad I decided to pick the series back up again.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
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"Just because it's imaginary doesn't mean it isn't real."

In The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two, September fears that now that she is 14 years old that she is much too old to be able to travel to Fairyland. Her fears become unwarranted as one afternoon she suddenly finds herself leaving her ordinary world once again. She’s joined again with her dear friends Saturday and A through L but instead of journeying to Fairyland
Sonja P.
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is just my favorite of the fairyland books, and how it is all about choice and choosing the world you want to make and calling yourself what you want to become and it is just so lovely and so hopeful and so good, and I love love love it so much.

Anyone who has been around me knows how I feel about the fairyland books; I think they are wonderful and that Valente can WRITE. The first two were some of my favorite children's books ever written, but this one just solidifies Fairyland as my second
Alan Phelps
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is not, objectively, a five star book. It has severe pacing issues, a generally irrelevant overarching plot, and relies so much on exposition at times that I felt like I was in lecture. So, why do I give it five stars anyway? Because I've grown attached to this series, to its characters. I'm not here to review books objectively. I don't think people can do that. I mean, they can look at a book and say "This didn't do as it should have done by the literary laws set forth in creative wri ...more
Lauma Klintsone
What happened? I read book two just before and loved it. Now I read book three and was in turns bored and confused. Everyone's name seems to be Mr.Exposition, and we keep getting it well over half of the book, when it all comes to an abrupt stop. Lots of fairylandish information that comes in too big chunks, doesn't connect to the specific plot at hand, and, worst of all, has a moralistic undertone more often than not.
Another BIG issue for me as I hate forced character romance: the author keeps
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)

I had read the first few chapters of this months ago, had to put it down for some reason, and went back and started over.
Four stars because I dislike cliffhanger endings that might as well include in large caps, boldface:


Because of that, it is very much a transitional volume, which was great as long as September was actually going and doing. Asking the reader to believe allll tha
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3.5 stars

The writing is absolutely amazing, and the world is so imaginative, it's incredible. Sometimes it feels as if it's all a bit too much though, and that made it hard to follow and sometimes I had no idea how we got from one point to the next. I felt like that a few times in the previous books as well, but not as much as in this one. I have to say I haven't been very focused while reading lately, so it may be just me.
Chris Greensmith
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fairyland
“It’s saying no. That’s your first hint that something’s alive. It says no. That’s how you know a baby is starting to turn into a person. They run around saying no all day, throwing their aliveness at everything to see what it’ll stick to. You can’t say no if you don’t have desires and opinions and wants of your own. You wouldn’t even want to. No is the heart of thinking. The news went faster than a trade wind: In Parthalia, a Pitchfork said no. In the country of the Giants, a Hairbrush decli ...more
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, young-adult
I love the magical way Valente writes this series, but I have to admit that I can only take it for a few books in a row before it becomes too much. I think I'll wait to finish the last two books. ...more
It is such hard work to keep your heart hidden! And worse, by the time you find it easy, it will be harder still to show it.
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the The Girl Who series by Valente. I absolutely loved the previous two books in this series (and I love Valente’s writing in general). This book was better than the second book and I really enjoyed the creativity and wonderful imagery throughout. There are rumored to be at least two more books in this series due out in 2014 and 2015.

September misses her friends from Fairyland but is trying to make the best of her time at home with her mother and father. But then when s
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Catherynne M. Valente was born on Cinco de Mayo, 1979 in Seattle, WA, but grew up in in the wheatgrass paradise of Northern California. She graduated from high school at age 15, going on to UC San Diego and Edinburgh University, receiving her B.A. in Classics with an emphasis in Ancient Greek Linguistics. She then drifted away from her M.A. program and into a long residence in the concrete and cam ...more

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