The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
By Catherynne M. Valente
Prepare to be swept away to a land unlike any other, with a cast of friends you'll have for life. A charming modern fairytale with crossover appeal, full of 'oddments, wisdom and joy' (Holly Black)
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.
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. But while she loses her shadow, her shoe and her way, she finds adventure, courage, a rather special Spoon, and a lot more besides . . .
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.
- Other details
- Publication date:
17 Jan 2013
- Page count:
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
A charming modern fairytale...with a knowing twinkle in its eye — Telegraph
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
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... A book for young adults, rich and strange enough for grown-ups, too. — Lev Grossman
A whole esoteric world of whimsy - Alice meets the Wizard of Oz meets the Persephone story with a whiff of Narnia. — Independent on Sunday
...it is in fact one of the most extraordinary works of fantasy for adults or children so far this century. — Lev Grossman, Time
Sweet fairytale, shot through with salty tears - magic! — Cory Doctorow
Get swept away by this charming book — Vogue
Pure escapism — Bliss magazine