The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
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“One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century.”—Time magazine, on the Fairyland series
September misses Fairyland and her friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. She longs to leave the routines of home and embark on a new adventure. Little does she know that this time, she will be spirited away to the moon, reunited with her friends, and find herself faced with saving Fairyland from a moon-Yeti with great and mysterious powers.
The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two is another rich, beautifully told, wisely humorous, and passionately layered book from New York Times–bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente.
Catherynne M. Valente, the acclaimed author of many books for adults, made her children’s book debut with The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her husband.
ANA JUAN is a world-renowned illustrator known in this country for her wonderful covers for the New Yorker magazine, as well as the children's books The Night Eater, and Frida, written by Jonah Winter. She lives in Spain.
Praise for The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two:
“Valente’s Fairyland is terrible and beautiful—with a circus made out of stationery, a city populated with photographic negatives, and glimpses of Septembers and Saturdays past and future just a few of the strange wonders introduced in this volume.” —The Horn Book
“Like September, readers may leave their hearts in Fairyland.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“As usual, Valente enlightens readers with pearly gleams of wisdom about honesty, identity, free will, and growing up. September often worries who she should be and what path she should follow, but the lovely truth, tenderly told, is that it’s all up to her. Thanks to a dramatic cliffhanger ending, there is sure to be more empowerment and whimsy to come.” —Booklist, starred review
Praise for previous books in the series:
“A glorious balancing act between modernism and the Victorian Fairy Tale, done with heart and wisdom.” —Neil Gaiman, Newbery Award-winning author of The Graveyard Book
“September is a clever, fun, stronghearted addition to the ranks of bold, adventurous girls. Valente’s subversive storytelling is sheer magic.” —Tamora Pierce, author of The Immortals series
“A mad, toothsome romp of a fairy tale—full of oddments, whimsy, and joy.” —Holly Black, author of The Spiderwick Chronicles
“When I saw that this book reminds me simultaneously of E. Nesbit, James Thurber, and the late Eva Ibbotson, I don't mean to take anything away from its astonishing originality. It’s a charmer from the first page, managing the remarkable parlay of being at once ridiculously funny and surprisingly suspenseful. Catherynne Valente is a find, at any age!” —Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn
“This is a kind of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by way of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland—it’s the sort of book one doesn't want to end.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“[Fairyland creates] a world as bizarre and enchanting as any Wonderland or Oz and a heroine as curious, resourceful and brave as any Alice or Dorothy. Complex, rich and memorable.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“This book is quite simply a gold mine.” —Booklist, starred review
“Amusing, wrenching, and thought-provoking.” —The Horn Book