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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

By Catherynne M. Valente

  • Paperback
  • £9.99

Gather up your courage and your wishes; grab a little pinch of luck - and prepare to be swept away, in a ship of your own making, to a land unlike any other.

September is a twelve-year-old girl, Somewhat Grown and Somewhat Heartless, and she longs for adventure. So when a Green Wind and a Leopard of Little Breezes invite her to Fairyland - well, of course, she accepts (mightn't you?).

When she gets there, she finds a land crushed by the iron rule of a villainous Marquess - she soon discovers that she alone holds the key to restoring order. Having read enough books to know what a girl with a quest must do, September sets out to Fix Things.

As September forges her way through Fairyland, with a book-loving dragon and a boy named Saturday by her side, she makes many friends and mistakes, losing her shadow, her shoes and her way. But she finds adventure, courage, a rather special Spoon, and a lot more besides . . .

Biographical Notes

Catherynne M. Valente began September's adventures in instalments on the Web; the project won legions of fans and also the CultureGeek Best Web Fiction of the Decade award. She lives with her husband on an island off the coast of Maine. She has written many novels for adults, but this is her children's book debut.

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  • ISBN: 9781780338330
  • Publication date: 07 Jun 2012
  • Page count: 336
  • Imprint: Much-in-Little
A glorious balancing act between modernism and the Victorian Fairy Tale, done with heart and wisdom. — Neil Gaiman
An Alice in Wonderland for the 21st century... So effortless, so vivid, so funny. Every page has a phrase or observation to savour and her characters are wondrous creations. — Sunday Telegraph
Get swept away by this charming book — Vogue
Bundles of imagination and wry wit... This is a sophisticated world of forfeits, paradoxes and tricks. — Financial Times
A mad, toothsome romp of a fairy tale - full of oddments, whimsy, and joy. — Holly Black
Pure escapism — Bliss magazine
A whole esoteric world of whimsy - Alice meets the Wizard of Oz meets the Persephone story with a whiff of Narnia. — Independent on Sunday
Sweet fairytale, shot through with salty tears - magic! Like all the very best young adult novels, this is a book that can (and should be!) enjoyed by grown-ups too. — Cory Doctorow
If you haven't heard of Catherynne Valente, give it time. She's only 32, and she's writing at a furious pace. Valente brings fathomless inventiveness to her fiction. This is nominally a book for young adults, but it's definitely rich and strange enough for grown-ups, too. — Lev Grossman
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