From the award-winning duo Colette Freedman and Kimberly Much comes a magical coming of age story with a lot of heart.Frankie Morgan was adopted into a large family and is convinced there is absolutely positively nothing special about her. On her 9th birthday, she gets an unusual visit from Ms. Petunia Page, her Fairy Godmother who tells Frankie she is actually a fairy godmother as well but needs to have training. Invited to the elite Fare Good Academy, Frankie will spend the next nine years "earning" her wings as she does a series of good deeds - but she mustn't tell ANYONE. Yet, secrets are hard to keep, especially when you have two nosey older twin sisters, a precocious younger sister, well-meaning parents and a greyhound who never leaves your side. Frankie navigates her normal home life and her not-so-normal school life as she overcomes obstacles and discovers how absolutely positively special she really is.Any kid who's felt like she's never really belonged will relate to the feisty, funny, creative Frankie Morgan
COLETTE FREEDMAN COLETTE FREEDMAN- An internationally produced playwright with over 25 produced plays, Colette was voted “One of 50 to Watch” by The Dramatist’s Guild. Her hit musical Serial Killer Barbie played to sold out shows in 2015 in both Los Angeles and New Zealand.
Her play Sister Cities was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe and earned five star reviews: It has been produced around the country and internationally, fifteen times including Paris (Une Ville, Une Soeur), Rome (Le Quattro Sorelle) and Australia. It is next up in Chicago August 2016. She wrote the film which is currently in post-production and stars Jacki Weaver, Alfred Molina, Jess Weixler, Stana Katic, Michelle Trachtenberg, Amy Smart, Troian Bellisario, Tom Everett Scott and Kathy Baker.
She has co-written, with International bestselling novelist Jackie Collins, the play Jackie Collins Hollywood Lies, which is gearing up for a National Tour.
In collaboration with The New York Times best selling author Michael Scott, she wrote the thriller The Thirteen Hallows (Tor/Macmillan).
Her novel The Affair (Kensington) came out January 29, 2013. The play of the novel earned both critical and commercial success as it toured Italy February through May 2013. Her sequel novel The Consequences (Kensington) came out January 28, 2014.
Her YA novel Anomalies (Select Books) came out February 9, 2016.
She also co-wrote the film And Then There Was Eve which is currently in pre-production and begins principal photography May 2016.
“The Reluctant Fairy Godmother” is a delightful middle grade book that speaks to the special frustration of seeing oneself as insufficiently special. Heroine Frankie’s experience of middle-child syndrome is exacerbated by her being the only adopted child in the family of achievers. But even after her extraordinary experience of being invited into a super-secret school for fairy godmothers, her frustration and sense of not belonging continue until she’s able to appreciate herself for who she is. Highly recommend for the fun of the story and the empowering message.
This was truly a fantastic book to share with my daughter, she herself is adopted and it will provide her a fantastic message of belonging and fantasy in her life. A great story with a spunky heroine that we cant wait to continue to read about!
As a family we are enjoying this opportunity of sharing Frankie’s journey with our little girl, who is also adopted. We can celebrate our children and highlight their individual qualities. All children are to be rewarded for their individuality.
Terrific empowering kids book. I have a young daughter and she devoured this beautifully illustrated and cleverly written book. It's for all kids who feel like they don't belong and discover that there is something truly special within them. Strongly recommend.
The Reluctant Fairy Godmother and the Absolutely Positively Impossible Good Deed follows a 9 year old girl who was adopted into a quirky, loving family. She struggles with her own identity as a member of the family and is trying to figure out her place in the world. One day, she gets a mysterious letter in the mail inviting her to join a special school. Upon her arrival, she discovers that she is a fairy godmother in training. In order to complete her training, she must complete a series of good deeds, which proves to be a bigger challenge than she had anticipated.
This book is appropriate for ages 6-9 and has a very positive message for young children: you are special. While the idea behind the book is cute and creative, I feel that the execution was somewhat lackluster. The main character’s personality is charming, but overall, the story lacks character and relationship development that could have really driven it to be a great book. The ending came about abruptly and didn’t leave me wanting more, which is important in series writing -especially for children.
Though the book’s plot and characters lacked solidity for me, the illustrations picked up some of the slack. Clever artwork is perfectly planted throughout the book to keep it visually interesting for kids who are ready for the critical transitory picture-to-chapter book phase of reading. From Frankie's lists to the “neighbelline” sketch, kids will get a kick out of the pictures in this book.
As an educator, I would definitely use The Reluctant Fairy Godmother as a mentor text to model writer’s voice. The author did an exceptional job writing from the viewpoint of a 9 year old girl, which is a perfect example of how authors must look at things from different perspectives to write good stories.
While I don’t believe The Reluctant Fairy Godmother and the Absolutely Positively Impossible Good Deed is a series that kids would flock to their school library for, it definitely has some good take-aways. I would recommend this book for teachers looking for mentor texts for teaching voice, or for reluctant chapter book readers who still need pictures to engage in a story.