The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There
"One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century."—Time magazine, on the Fairyland series
September has longed to return to Fairyland after her first adventure there. And when she finally does, she learns that its inhabitants have been losing their shadows—and their magic—to the world of Fairyland Below. This underworld has a new ruler: Halloween, the Hollow Queen, who is September's shadow. And Halloween does not want to give Fairyland's shadows back.
Fans of Valente's bestselling, first Fairyland book will revel in the lush setting, characters, and language of September's journey, all brought to life by fine artist Ana Juan. Readers will also welcome back good friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. But in Fairyland Below, even the best of friends aren't always what they seem. . . .
In Valente's second Fairyland book, with her father away at war in France, a girl named September lives in Nebraska with her mother. But what she really wants is to return to Fairyland and visit the friends she made there on her first adventure. When she finally does get back to Fairyland, all is not well: the land's inhabitants are losing their shadows to the world of Fairyland-Below and Halloween the Hollow Queen. Narrator S.J. Tucker captures the book's bedtime-story quality and delivers an enchanting performance. In addition to softly spoken narration that is soothing and almost musical the narrator produces an entertaining range of voices for the book's strange and wonderful characters. Tucker's narration will easily keep young listeners enthralled. Ages 10 14. A Feiwel & Friends hardcover.