A Faerie Strand
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618747979, 224pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2008
. . . and they lived happily ever after.” Remember the fairy tales you put away after you found that no princess is as beautiful as common sense and happy endings are just the beginning?
Well, the old tales are back, and they’ve grown up! Black Pearls brings you the stories of your childhood, told in a way you’ve never heard before. Instead of lulling you to sleep, they’ll wake you upto the haunting sadness that waits just inside the windows of a gingerbread cottage, the passion that fuels a witch’s flight, and the heartache that comes, again and again, at the stroke of midnight.
Make no mistake: these stories are as dark as human nature itself. But they shine, too, lit with the fire of our dreams and our hunger for magic.
Louise Hawes is the author of many novels for young adults and is also a faculty member of the Spalding University MFA in Writing program. She has always loved fairy tales and says that Black Pearls was written for "everyone who dances without looking at the clock." She lives in North Carolina.
Rebecca Guay's curvaceous pencil drawings will draw fans to this worthwhile collection of sensuous fantasy." Kirkus May 1, 2008
"Twisted, clever, and artfully written, these are high-quality additions to the fractured fairy-tale genre." Booklist, April 15, 2008 Booklist, ALA
"The overall collection is...edgy, and the striking cover and wide-ranging stories will easily draw in readers." Bulletin June 2008 Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This lovely addition to the genre of retold fairy tales, with Guay's ethereal black-and-white illustrations, will appeal to older teen and adult fairy tale fans." 3Q3p VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)