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Wicked Nix

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  596 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Mischievous woodland fairy Nix is up to no good. His beloved fairy queen has gone away, leaving him with a very important job: He must protect the forest from a most dangerous enemy—humans.

When a determined invader trespasses on his territory, Nix’s skills are put to the test as he invents several wicked tricks to chase the sorry fellow away. But when his efforts don’t go
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Harry N. Abrams
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Hannah Greendale
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

Mix sun-dappled leaves with loam, stir in one cup of imagination and one-half cup of lore, add a pinch of sorrow, a dash of mystery, and a drizzle of sunlit honey. Stir with whimsy, then bake under moonlight until the wolves howl. Voila! A recipe for Wicked Nix, foulest of the fairies - a tricksy creature of the wood who finds himself plagued by a "people" who has taken up residence in a previously aband
Angela Brown
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Made this magical discovery in my local library. An extraordinary and breathtaking fairy story. With wonderful illustrations by Jaime Zollars, it’s an achingly folkloric fairy story that is so powerful human yet grown in deep wild woods and whimsy. The dialogue and language feels so unique and gives fairy Wicked Nix himself an incredible quirky charm as a character. If you love fairy tales with an unexpected dark edge, it’s an unforgettable read.
Steff Fox
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Wicked Nix by Lena Coakley was short. The plot was simple. And at first I couldn’t quite figure out what the point of the story was. And then suddenly I was opened up to a world of emotions. I began this book slowly thinking it would just be an okay story, one that children would likely enjoy but didn’t really hold a lot of interest for me.

I was very wrong.

This story both broke my heart and mended it together again. Told from the eyes of the very wicked Nix himself, we’
Hilary Scroggie
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sharp and sweet and unexpected.
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-graphic, j, fantasy
Nix is a crafty, tricky, and lonely little fairy, guarding the forest from people for his queen. But a stubborn people has moved into the abandoned cottage and the two are caught in a war of curses and tricks as the queen's return looms larger. He must find a way to succeed so that he is not left alone for another year. Little does he know all that his efforts will reveal.

This delightful, poignant little tale holds a wealth of unexpected magic.
Elley Murray
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wicked Nix is such a cute middle grade chapter book about a fairy who has been left behind when all of the other fairies return to their home in the summer country after their Midsummer celebration in the human lands, so he takes it upon himself to protect his little patch of forest from an encroaching human. However, he doesn't have any magic, so when "a people" starts moving into a little abandoned cottage on his turf, he has to get creative with his tricks.

This book is so surprising and ende
Debbie Tanner
I thought this was a terrific fairy story about a mischievous little fairy named Nix. I loved the author's notes that talk about the way that this story connected with her real life. I think my students are going to love this one. ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
I loved this charming small story. It's a fabulous early fairy fantasy for grade schoolers, and I'll definitely be reading it aloud with my littles. ...more
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read aloud to the girls, and we all loved it. A delightful fairy story with a fun twist.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Delightfully sweet, Wicked Nix is a charming story of Nix, a fairy in the forrest who fancies himself to be the meanest fairy of all. Nix has been left behind by the other fairies to tend to the forest, so when a man-people moves into the little cottage, Nix must be use all his tricks to get him to leave. A simple story, but with a surprising twist, Wicked Nix is sure to charm young readers.

I look forward to sharing this at my schools. I highly recommend Wicked Nix for libraries serving children
Cheriee Weichel
I was infatuated with this book after reading the first page. It called upon me to remember all I read about fairies long ago. I adored Wicked Nix and his antics. Upon finishing it I wanted to crawl back into Lena Coakley's world. Wicked Nix is a fairy who was left behind after the last midsummer eve revelry. With the help of Mr. Green, the spirit of the forest, Nix has managed to survive, but now a people has trespassed into their woods. Nix is certain that the queen won't be happy with this tu ...more
Robyn Baker
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this with my fourth grade class and every student loved it! There were twists that really set off great discussions. We used this book as an example to begin our narrative writing unit.
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wicked Nix is a fairy full of tricks. The protector of the fairy forest will stop at nothing to rid himself of a human. Nix uses many tricks and spells to scare the human away. Half way through the story you are surprised to find out the human is family and the Nix is not a fairy. Nix and the human go to Fairy meadow to see the fairy queen. Nix realizes she isn’t who he thought she was. Nix and the human work together to get Rose back to her mom. The cottage Nix was protecting was his past home ...more
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aqua-limb
It's hard to think of a better word for this book, besides "cute". Wicked Nix is a simple book to read, perfect for emerging readers ready to break out into the world of chapter books. The storyline is straight forward, but with a decent twist towards the end that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. I really appreciated the amount of depth attached to such an easy read and the way the story unfolds is magical, heartbreaking and then full of love. A new installment into the fairy tale genre, which ...more
Felicia Allen
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful modern fairy tale. Wicked Nix is sure to be a modern classic. I loved the depth of detail the author put into the setting and backstory, Wicked Nix has to be one of the funniest characters I have read.
Heather M Connor
Sweet, wistful, charming. A book for the lost child in all of us.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful little book. I loved the whole foresty magical feel and voice of the characters and the illustrations were just perfect and lovely. Its a short read, but really gets inside of you!
Teresa Grabs
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful, entertaining story told from a very unique perspective. Not everything, and everyone, is what they first appear to be.
Lindy MacLaine
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A really fast read--a super-imaginative different kind of fairy tale. Very engaging. Lovely illustrations.
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did :)
I read it in 2 hours. A fast read, it kept me interested until the end.
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a sweet little (fantasy) story. My third graders are going to love it. Thank you, Lena!
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t read a lot of fairy stories, but this was sweet and clever and cute. It’s on the Silver Birch Express nominee list from the OLA’s Forest of Reading.
A quick read, and an utterly charming one. For lovers of faerie stories, Susanna Clarke fans, & those looking for a new read-aloud.

Wicked Nix, foulest of the fairies, is not about to let a man-people move into the abandoned cottage. The forest was the territory of fairies and Wicked Nix is worried what the Queen will say when she returns from Summer Country for Midsummer’s Eve. He’s already worried he had displeased her in some way. He doesn’t know why she left him behind, but he’s not going to
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Wicked Nix by Lena Coakley, illustrated by Jaime Zollars, 163 pages. CHAPTER BOOK. Amulet Books (Abrams), 2018. $17. 9781419728693



A young fairy is upset because someone has moved into his part of the woods. The fairy tries all his tricks to get the man to leave, but he will not. When the two finally meet face to face we learn that Wicked Nix, the fairy, is not a fairy at all but a young boy. And not just any boy, but the man’s long lost broth
Story Eater
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-2018
Nix is a nasty little fairy who hates humans, particularly the human who has recently decided to take up residence in the house next to his tree in the fairy woods. He decides to frighten the human off, but he’s in for quite a surprise when the human fights back and refuses to be intimidated by Nix’s tricks.

Nix steps up his game with the help of a forest friend and a local little girl named Rose, whom Nix loves because she has magic and understands fairy logic. Together, they throw everything th
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully clever tale beautifully told that engages readers immediately and pulls them into an enchanting web. Nix, the foulest of fairies had been left behind when the others went home into the Summer Country. Was it to protect the forest for the Fairy Queen? Nix is uncertain but now a people has come to the abandoned cottage. Nix must get him to leave before Midsummer's Eve!

This is an enchanting story for young readers ready to step away from Disney fairies to classic fairy tales. There is
Laura Gardner
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wicked Nix, a fairy who lives in the woods, is angry. A man-people has moved into the cottage in his part of the woods and Nix considers it his duty to expel him before Midsummer's Eve when the fairy Queen will return. He goes to his friends wise Rose (a young black girl) and Mr. Green for help, but none of the tricks Nix plays work. Slowly he discovers that things are not what he thought they were. Coakley has created a beautiful, secret-filled tale that will surprise readers with the eventual ...more
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-2018
Nix has been abandoned by his beloved Fairy Queen and he believes that the only way to return to her good graces is to drive out any humans from her forest. And he must do so by Midsummer's Eve. This premise sets up a magical modern fairy tale where fairies exist, magic is real, and nothing is what it seems. The writing style is consistent and builds very nicely for its intended middle school readers who, I believe, will be equally captivated by Nix.

What I truly thought was great in this story
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wicked Nix is the foulest of the fairies. He's also the protector of the forest and will keep people out of it. But when a "man-people" moves into a formerly abandoned cottage, Nix must trick him until he's scared enough to leave.

Nix makes his water stinky, plants thorns in his garden, and puts out his fires, but nothing is working. This "man-people" is determined to stay, but the queen will be returning soon and Nix doesn't want to disappoint her. However, meeting this "man-people" leads to an
Becca Fowell
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC for Wicked Nix by Lena Coakley. This review will not contain spoilers.

I quite enjoyed this book and I'm a big fan of faerie stories, but all the ones I've previously come across have been YA or adult. So when I saw this book on Netgalley, and saw that it was middle grade, I had to request it, and was so pleased when I was accepted for a copy. I personally would have quite liked a longer story, I felt there could have
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Lena Coakley is the Toronto Star and Globe & Mail bestselling author of Worlds of Ink and Shadow, a YA portal fantasy about the young Brontë siblings and the imaginary countries they wrote about in childhood. It made both the CBC and Quill & Quire’s Best Books of the Year lists.

Her previous novel, Witchlanders, was called “one stunning teen debut” by Kirkus Reviews, won the SCBWI Crystal Kite awa

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