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The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home

(Fairyland #5)

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This final book in the New York Times-bestselling Fairyland series finds September accidentally crowned the Queen of Fairyland. But there are others who believe they have a fair and good claim on the throne, so there is a Royal Race--whoever wins will seize the crown.

Along the way, beloved characters including the Wyverary, A-Through-L, the boy Saturday, the changelings Ha
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Hardcover, 308 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Feiwel and Friends
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Bradley
So gorgeous.

I think I've said that about the rest of the series, before, but it doesn't make it any less true each and every time I read a Fairyland Book. The fact that it's the last one is sad, true, but the ending makes up for all my trepidations. :)

This one felt slightly more dense in the puns, the hidden treasures, and the storytelling than the previous novels, or perhaps I was simply a bit more anxious to squeeze every last dollop of goodness out of the book because it would be the last. Ei
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Mari

[October 23, 2016] I've been talking about this series for years now, and yet I put off reading the final installment since I purchased it in March. I reread books 1-4 before I finally settled myself in front of this final entry. It was hard to accept that after this, September's adventures in Fairyland would be over.

Because these books are so amazingly self-aware, Valente addresses this idea right before the end. The narrator assures us that the end is never the end. There is always a place fo
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Trish
Jun 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This concludes my wonderful re-read of this series!

The 5th volume has us going back to Fairyland where September now is queen! Yep, happened at the end of the previous book - more or less accidentally.
And now? Now comes the Cantankerous Derby, y‘all!
Magic has brought back ALL the kings and queens that ever ruled Fairyland and they must now race to determine who will rule Fairyland next. And when I say „race“, I mean that liberally. Because the Cantankerous Derby is a mixture of a treasure hunt,
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Trish
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So we have come to the end. I will not pretend that I haven't spilled a tear or two or might even be spilling one or two just now.
But at least the author was very generous about the ending. I mean, she even tried to ease the parting for the characters as well as for the reader:
Endings are rubbish. No such thing. Never has been, never will be. There is only the place where you choose to stop talking. Everything else goes on forever.
I will always be here, in my old chair by the door, waiting f
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Michael
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dear Fairyland,

It is with great sadness that I have learn't about you're departure from the reading world. While I knew this day would eventually come, I simply did not want to even think about it. Over four wonderful installments, you have enthralled me with the sheer depth and imagination that you created in my mind and the wonderful characters that enhance and bring you to life.

The thought of being able to enjoy all the greatness that you provide in what is Septembers last adventure made me g
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Lindsay
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've loved every book in this series, but this one I loved the most.

September is again the main character, and Hawthorn, Tamburlaine and Blunderbuss from the previous book are all major characters in this one. After all, once you introduce a Combat Wombat into your story, she's going to be a major character. You even get a look at the Land of Wom :) There's a race to find the Heart of Fairyland complete with rules, racers and duels. And lots of September, Saturday and Ell.

Valente has a remarkabl
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Nicky
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nooo, I don’t want it to be the end! That said, it isn’t as bad as I’d feared: it doesn’t end like Narnia, with all the magic going away in favour of allegory. Fairyland remains as real and wild and strange, and the ending as bitter-and-sweetly magical as the other books. I was a little disappointed not to see more of Hawthorn and Tam’s adventures; The Boy Who Lost Fairyland is really a one-off in going so far from September, and I’m not sure I like that I never got my answers to questions about ...more
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The final book in Valente’s wondrous Fairyland series, The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All The Way Home is by turns beautiful, harrowing, heart-wrenching, hilarious, and filled to the brim with love. Picking up directly after The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, September and company are free, only to find themselves surrounded by all of the madcap, murderous, and malignant rulers of Fairyland who ever were, and all of them want the crown that now sits on September’s head. And thus, in pure Fairyland fashio ...more
K.
Trigger warnings: violence, memory loss in a loved one, fire.

31/7/2019
This is utterly delightful from start to finish. I loved jumping around all over Fairyland. I loved the way September's family tie into the story. I had a lot of feelings about September and Saturday. And the ending was perfection.

14/5/2016
I've loved this series so much that even though I got my hands on this one about a month ago, I put off reading it simply because I didn't want the series to be over. But now that I've read
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Maris Bave
Arghlebalrgle I love this series so much.

I love it because you don't have to grow up at the end if you don't want to. There's no inevitable "you must stop having fun now and move on to more serious matters" moment, but in spite of that September is able to grow and change and keep discovering wonderful things without having to give up any of the other sorts of wonder she'd found as a child. The same goes for many Grown-Ups in the series. Wonder and magic for everyone!

I love it because it is at o
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Beth
I'm so sad that this is the last book :(
I adore this series!
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Alex
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was able to get an advanced copy through my work, and I am so incredibly happy that I did.

This book is beautiful. The ending it perfect, and honestly if I hadn’t been reading it while at work I probably would have cried. This is the perfect end to the series, though to be honest I would love more, full books, different series set in the same world, novellas, short stories, everything. My heart bursts and fills over and over again when I read these books. Every time I read one it makes me want
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Melani
The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home is the conclusion to Catherynne Valente's Fairland series for middle grade readers. The first book was a revelation, and is the book that introduced me to Valente. I adored that book, loved it. I enjoyed the second and third books as well, though I don't think they ever managed to really re-capture the magic in the first book. However the fourth book, The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, was a huge disappointment. Still, even given that I'd been disappointed ...more
Nicky
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Reviewed for The Bibliophibian.

It’s been a long road with September, and she’s grown up so much. The final book does so much, winding all the stories to a graceful close and doing so with style, emotion and a lot of cleverness. In other words, exactly as you’d expect from Valente and this series. I won’t say she can’t put a foot wrong, but the narrator is so charming and the world of Fairyland so wild and wonderful that I’m willing to forgive it any number of sins. (Whether it’s willing to forgi
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Magali
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I am insensible right now and it's ALL CAT VALENTE'S FAULT. Oh September, how I've missed you. And how you have grown up. And how I'm sad to see you go.

The last Fairyland book goes a little something like this (it may sound familiar):

The Lion and the Unicorn (and the Marquess, and the Ancient and Demented Raven Lord, and the Moose-Khan, and the Rex Tyrannosaur, and the Elegant Emperor, and others...) are fighting for the crown, and poor September is caught in the middle, once again. She was crow
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Jacq
This series came to a beautiful end. Valente is just a master storyteller! The Queen of words!


It remains its colourful, flowery, zany, and unique storytelling all the way through from the first book to the very last. The characters bring utter delight as the race for the crown of Fairyland ensues. Filled with lush imagery that literally tantalizes the senses and a whimsical philosophy and wit, Cathrynne M. Valente has created a delightful series, that will capture your heart under lock and key.


S
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Morgan
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I still loved this series, just not this book as much. Reason: I thought this could be done in two book instead of one (semi-longer) book. We are brought back to all the important characters in the previous books, but we are introduced to a new character almost in every chapter. Knowing this was the last book, I felt like some of these new characters weren't really needed. This book also didn't have the dream-like feeling/writing as the previous books. I feel like I was let down with this one. ...more
Jen Eyre
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!! Seriously! Go read it! Now!!
+++ MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS +++

I love the Fairyland-series more than I can coherently put into words.

That said, I both eagerly anticipated and sadly dreaded the release of its final installment.

Needless to say, Ms. Valente did not disappoint.

The book picks up exactly where The Boy Who Lost Fairyland left of. Fairyland's in a turmoil, and September, the perhaps not so reluctant queen, and her merry band of friends must set out on a race against all of Fairyland's former rulers in search of the Hear
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The Librarian Witch
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh Fairyland...
I shall be so sad to see you go!
I know you must, but it doesn't make saying goodbye any easier *sobs*

This whole series of books was so magical, whimsical, cosy and delightful!

"Let us take a great swaggering knife between us - it will take both our hands - and slice it open to see what we can see inside. For that is all a story is, my dears: a knife that cuts the world into pieces small enough to eat."


I'm so glad that this installment goes back to having September, Saturday, and El
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Arie
It's arrived! It's here! I have this in my hands and as sad as I am that the story is finishing here, I can't wait to see how beautifully it ends...

Now after all that excitement I have to admit slight disappointment. Maybe expectations were too high? But there was a lot of zany description and not very much plot at all - which was fun for a time, but the stakes were high and never felt it and so the whole thing felt sugary sweet in a way that the Fairyland books really haven't felt before.

Howeve
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Macklin
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav2017
Another wonderful lengthy title, already a little sad though. Dorothy/Alice/the Pevensies/ always have to go home, so I guess so must September. But haven't read the fourth so who knows?

UPDATE 11/04/15


Look at the cover!!!!!!



It's so pretty!!!

UPDATE 23/05/15

I have now read the fourth book and...no, no, no! September is not going home! I won't allow it! I mean (view spoiler)
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Bridget Mckinney
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Catherynne M. Valente’s first Fairyland book, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, established this series from the very start as a superbly written and sublimely beautiful story for children, and The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home is a totally fitting conclusion to the story of September and her friends. It would perhaps be too much to ask for every installment of the series to be as good as the first one, and the fourth one (The Boy Who Lost Fairyland) ...more
Stephanie
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful end to a beautiful series.
RJ
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-being-rad, magic, ya
I GIVE IT ALL THE STARS IN THE SKY, PLUS MOONLIGHT AND THE SILVER COMFORT OF THE RIGHT ENDING
Naomi Joy
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it
A final installment to this cute little series COULD have been far more beautiful and tied things up nicely. Here’s where this book fell short:

1. Is the writing style professional, understandable, and entertaining? No, this book is really difficult to get through because the author writes FAR too many complicated descriptions that do not add to the plot and take away the meaning of what she’s saying. This novel is hard to understand what’s even going on because you have to wade through a mess of
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Fran
I picked this up for a genre challenge without really looking at either the title or summary. Having said that, rarely do I just grab a book/audio book with little to no forethought. This book was the last in a series that was several books long. The audio book was narrated beautifully, the characters and settings reminded me a great deal of a modern re-telling of Alice in Wonderland. It was silly and funny and crammed full of characters that were inanimate objects or animals. It would have been ...more
Amanda
Aug 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, adventure-y
This is what every story wants to be when it grows up.
Miguel
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Four years ago, a friend handed me two quirky, little books about a girl from Omaha, Nebraska. The books contained A-Through-L (part wyvern, part library), a Green Wind, a Marid named Saturday, and a terrible, wicked, wonderful world that stole away children and changelings for the sake of a good story.

"Can you read these and tell me if my daughter would enjoy them?"
"Um..."
"Thanks!"

Since then, I have scarfed each Fairyland book with an appetite only rivaled by Buss's wombat stomach. (Blunderbus
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Ian
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Endings are tricky things. They don't really exist, as the narrator helpfully reminds us, and yet, at the same time, the point where you do stop talking does create a rift between before and after, said and unsaid, known and imagined. September and her friends will have many adventures after this book is closed, but a cycle has been ended, a saga has been told, and so it's time to take our gold stars to give out like medals of honour that really say "I loved you and thank you for having told me ...more
Catherine
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“Endings are rubbish. No such thing. Never has been, never will be. There is only the place where you choose to stop talking. Everything else goes on forever.”

That said, this was a fabulous ending to a fantastic series. Ms. Valente has written a series that is as much of a pleasure to read for children and adults. Along with a story that has adventure, magic, and kick-ass characters (especially kick-ass female characters! especially a kick-ass female wombat character!), the beautiful prose is 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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