The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making
A new classic has entered the literary stage. I know, a bit bold of a thing to say, but it follows in the tradition of Lewis Carol, A.A. Milne, and C.S. Lewis in creating a vibrant tale that can appeal to adults and children of all ages, landing it the Andre Norton award in 2009. With its smart, whimsical prose, clever and comical themes, and absolutely charming characters, it's a win all the way around. I was hooked on page one. Though it has loads to say, it's never preachy, there are no religious over or undertones, it's just a great treatise on circumnavigating life and all it may hold for us. September, daughter of a machinist and a soldier (born in May) proves to be an "ill-tempered and irascible enough child" to be snatched off by the Green Wind and shuttled off to Fairyland. September is strong enough to stand up to whoever stands in her way, practical, and resourceful. But she is a child, with all the weaknesses of too few years, which often leads her into trouble. Still, her strength of character, and the overall messages of empowerment are refreshing and inspiring.
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