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The Boy Who Lost Fairyland (Fairyland #4)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,982 Ratings  ·  362 Reviews
When a young troll named Hawthorn is stolen from Fairyland by the Red Wind, he becomes a changeling – a human boy -- in the strange city of Chicago, a place no less bizarre and magical than Fairyland when seen through trollish eyes. Left with a human family, Hawthorn struggles with his troll nature and his changeling fate. But when he turns twelve, he stumbles upon a way b ...more
Hardcover, 235 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Feiwel & Friends (first published March 1st 2015)
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Cassandra I'd recommend it, because it does connect in the end, and there are many points that only make sense because they're the same as the first book. It's…moreI'd recommend it, because it does connect in the end, and there are many points that only make sense because they're the same as the first book. It's not necessary though, it should still make sense... Maybe just read The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her own Making, then go back to this one?(less)
Cassandra She's not quite a changeling, she's a Fetch - a changeling that's not swap. Fetches are "dumb dolls meant to scream and turn the kettle into a…moreShe's not quite a changeling, she's a Fetch - a changeling that's not swap. Fetches are "dumb dolls meant to scream and turn the kettle into a rattlesnake and burn the house down, not necessarily in that order, but as quickly as possible."(less)

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Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So how do you judge an exemplary YA adventure that stands out heads and shoulders above everything you've ever read in the field?

You don't. Or, at the very least, you judge it by the others in the series.

So that's what I'll do.

Unfortunately for me, I still can't decide between the first book and this one as being my favorite! UGGHH....

Sure, there happens to be another revolution, but this time it's all for the changelings. We even get a small role for September, and my previously ignorant predic
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015

Look around you, little blind mouse! Everything rhymes! There's the Guava Grove on the edge of Lava Cove, the Savannah of Bananas, beaches full of peaches, moonflowers growing in the evening hours. And look there! the pink-backed snake basks in the shade of the ink-black mandrake, the cuckoos in the bamboo, the wide-mouthed frogs in the seaside bogs, the crocodiles sleeping in the hollyhock isles, the ocelots among the apricots, the mistletoe twists round branches of pistachio, the plum t
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I always thought I would like this volume least of all - boy, was I wrong!

This time we are not following September on one of her adventures in Fairyland. This time we see a wind (the Red Wind) take a troll baby and swap it for a human baby.

Thus, Hawthorn grows up as Thomas in Chicago at the same time September lives (he's only about 3 years younger).
Naturally, he is a fish out of water and doesn't even remember why.

Basically, this book is about being different, not fitting in anywhere and how o
Sarah Churchill
This fourth installment doesn't follow the adventures of September in Fairyland as the previous three have. Here we meet Hawthorn and Tamburlaine, a troll and a tree girl who hide their secrets in the human world until they find each other, and together find Fairyland. September does of course put in an appearance, but she is by no means a main feature of this story. And to be honest I loved it all the more for it.

As with all Valente's work it's beautiful and lyrical, whimsical and a bit melanc
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I just want to eat Valente’s words. All of them. They’re like cream cakes and jam-covered scones and fairy cakes with buttercream and cookies with gooey centres still warm from the oven and… Yeah, as usual, Valente’s writing is great in The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, and I’m not sure, but I think I may well prefer it in these self-aware, charming, cheeky fairytales than in her adult novels. It’s beautiful there, too, but here it’s stripped down to suit the audience and genre, and that works really ...more
Brad Sells
Dec 14, 2013 marked it as to-read
There's a fourth and fifth?! *extreme happy dance*

Hawthorn the Troll does not know it but he is about to go to a strange new world

After being blown away by the first three books in Catherynne M Valente's Fairyland series, for some reason this one did not grab me with the same intensity. I can't quite pick as to why. It was not that for the most part we are minus the characters that made the series what it is, namely September and her Wyverary friend Ell, or the new ones because they are all delightful and the story once again boasts a wonderful
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Sometimes, magic is like that. It lands on your head like a piano, a stupid, ancient, unfunny joke, and you spend the rest of your life picking sharps and flats out of your hair." So true. But sometimes, magic is what Cat Valente does to my imagination and my heart every time I pick up a Fairyland book.

The fantastical adventures continue in this chapter of the story, except this time instead of seeing Fairyland from an outsider's perspective, we see our own world reflected through the eyes of H
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: written-by-women
Hmph. It's not that I didn't enjoy this, because I did - it's just that for the first time I ended a Fairyland book feeling dissatisfied. I didn't even really mind that we didn't follow September, because I loved the way CMV used her narrator to nudge us about that:

A thing too familiar becomes invisible.

It is time for us to Go Out.

Anyway, this had some really great vintage Fairyland moments, but it's going to forever pale for me, I think, compared to the first three.
Jul 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the fourth installment in this series by Valente. I wasn't too taken with the #3, but this one did have some lovely passages that took me back to the original in the series.

I found the final few chapters were the key to book #5. This is when we meet September once again (she is the reason we ended up in Fairyland).

This is a quick read, but I still felt like it didn't add much to the series as a whole.
Andrew Hiller
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I escaped back to Fairyland because life had gotten a bit heavy and was in the need of a bit of souffle. This is the first book of the series where September is not the hero.

What? You ask.

Is Cat Valente trolling her readers removing from their eyes her wyverary and wayward girl from Omaha? Is she falling into that dratted conceit of CS Lewis where people can be aged out of Fairyland and find the door barred?

No, not really.

It's just that this is a tale of a troll and a fetch who have to fetch th
Philip Grayson
Jul 12, 2014 rated it liked it
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4.25 stars.

It took me a while to get into this one. It's quite different to the other books in the series, especially given the part where September is barely in it. It's predominantly set in Chicago rather than Fairyland, so it's almost the reverse of the other books.

I knew going into it that September, A-through-L and Saturday were barely in it, so I was pretty hesitant. But the characters that we meet here are similarly wonderful and full of life. Hands down my favourite was Blunderbuss, an
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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3.5 stars

I’m thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for The Boy Who Lost Fairyland. Catherynne M. Valente’s series is one I believe is destined to become a classic in years to come. The Fairyland series references beautifully the classics that came before, most notable Alice in Wonderland, but has a magic all its own. It is by turns absurd, incredibly deep, and deeply silly. The Boy Who Lost Fairyland is, in some ways, a de
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
(Mini-review originally appeared here:

Really, I think this may be the best Fairyland book yet! Rather than focusing on September as the other books did, this one starts out with Hawthorn, a troll child who is whisked away to our world to live as a Changeling. The early parts of the novel mirror The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, similar actions and dialogue and jokes made in the early parts of that first book reappear now
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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Alex Sarll
Having left us on a terrible cliffhanger in The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland..., Valente teasingly ignores it altogether, or at least affects to do so ("Fairyland is like that sometimes. It just...doesn't play nice."), and introduces us to someone else altogether. In place of young September, snatched away from Omaha to Fairyland, here is Hawthorn, an infant troll taken from Fairyland and brought as a changeling to Chicago, where he's perpetually baffled and disappointed by the world's strange ...more
Mar 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fairyland, fantasy, ya
I'm kinda conflicted about this one, and it makes me sad, since I wanted to love it so much.

It's not the change in characters so late in the series (only one more book to go): Hawthorn and Tamburlaine are lovely, especially the little troll's struggle to understand human society and all its little quirks and unspoken rules that make absolutely no sense.

It's not even that September and the rest of the characters we know so well are absent for a great part of the book (though, once you get over t
First book of 2017 finished, and it's a good one! I'm actually having trouble deciding between 4 and 5 stars, so I guess I'll go with 4.5.

Book #4 takes us away from September and gives a changeling story. Hawthorn the troll is whisked from Fairyland by a cheeky wind, and brought to Chicago and switched out for Thomas Rood, a very human child. Hawthorn eventually makes it back into Fairyland with the help of another changeling child and an adorable, magically-sentient yarn wombat, yet I actually
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a fun one. It is the 4th book in the Fairyland series by Catherynne M Valente. The 2nd one is the only one I haven't read yet because my library doesn't have it. I liked this from the boy/troll's POV. What a perfect changeling. This book was a great read. I will also say that the narrator did a fantastic job. He was perfect for this book.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once again I'm mind blown by how astonishing and beautiful this series is. It is pure magic! It makes no sense at all but more sense than anything ever has. I have been waiting to read this for ages and I was kind of worried that the title was "The Boy Who..." and not "The Girl Who..." because I was so invested in the characters from the last three books but this was a beautiful way to build a bridge between time and plots.
I immediately loved the new characters and I still do, they are lovely an
Niki Vervaeke
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Boek 4 en miljaarde, ongelofelijk hoeveel fantasie deze vrouw heeft, hoe kleurrijk de wereld, de mogelijkheden, de magie.
De hele serie tot nu toe is adembenemend mooi en fantasierijk maar in geen geval kinderachtig of cliché. Het is een prachtige wereld om in te verdwalen en elk hoofdstuk brengt nieuwe mogelijkheden ... tegelijk zijn de gelijkenissen met onze wereld ... onnavolgbaar.
Voor liefhebbers van ongebreidelde fantastische verhalen
Rain Misoa
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of the Fairyland series and anyone who loves unpredictable stories!
Recommended to Rain by: Library
Another fantastic installment of Valente's Fairyland series.

To read my full review, click here.
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
How to describe the delicious whimsy and melancholy of Valente's books? It's impossible to do, but I shall try.
It's like spiced cinnamon tea served in a golden teacup with all the honeyed tears of your childhood heart when it first broke into pieces. No, that's not it. It's like cool peppermint tea in a silver chalice and all your favorite golden words at the bottom... no, no, that's not it either. It's like your heart and mind are at war, and when they finally call a truce they sit down for a
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
[June 13, 2016]

I talk about rereading this book in this reading wrap-up!

I'm updating this rating to a 4 star. I've never given a .25 star review in my life, but if that were the kind of thing I did, this would probably more accurately be a 4.25 book.

It kind of hurts me to bump this down because I love this series and I love these characters. I said in my original review below that I just loved this book because I was always going to love this book. I'm invested. During reread, I was better abl
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shhhhh, gently Becky, for the first time ever, you are the first of your friends to have read a thing. Shhhhhhhhhh, you are the only one to be caught up now, so tread carefully.

Too short, too short, too short.
This is the quick sip of tea when it is still too hot to drink properly and I have to wait before I can have more. It's the small corner of Jasmine's cookie that I can't have more of because it will make me ill.
Now, Becky, stop here and look at what you've done. Both of these are examples
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
With the previous books, September was the main character. In this book, we take a look at Hawthorn, a Troll form Fairyland who is forced to live with humans. He doesn't like it very much. This book reminded me a lot of the Marvelous Land of Oz in the fact we have a brand new character and, like Tip/Ozma, we have a character with an identity crisis.
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“There isn’t really a choice, is there?” he whispered. “Adventure cheats. It’s so much shinier and louder than Not-Adventure."

The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, the fourth book in Valente's middle grade/YA fantasy series Fairyland, follows a new protagonist. Despite the fact we left September in a rather precarious situation, this time it's not her we tag along with, but a troll named Hawthorn and a fetch-girl named Tamburlaine. Hawthorn and Tamburlaine have been spirited away to our world and grew u
Mar 28, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was so very interesting. I loved reading about the changelings, who were trying to figure out how to function in the human world.

It made me think about nature/nurture, though, because I feel like a lot of the 'rules' are learned. No human knows how to behave "normally". Though of course Hawthorn had already learned a lot in Fairyworld and these rules suddenly no longer applied.

The writing style of this book was so very fitting, and drew me right into fairyland, even though this story
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
It shouldn't be surprising to anyone who knows her writing that Cat Valente manages to spin her own story on it's head and show us "the real world" through the eyes of a changeling fairy and make it just as magical and true as September's adventures in Fairyland are. I can't believe I only have one more book to go. I both want to jump right in and race through it and at the same time, I can't fathom having finished this series.
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