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

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Unusual, compelling tale sends girl, readers on grand quest.

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age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Super Great Book!

As a teenager reading this book, I was very intrigued. The storytelling is magnificent and is a style of the likes that I have not read before. I have read many fantasy books before, and this is a great one to add to my list. I definitely recommend this book to lovers of fantasy or anyone who enjoys a good story.

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age 10+

Whimsical story with engaging language

This is a wonderful, imaginative story full of fun wordplay. It has witty, poetic descriptions that will knock your sock off, and best of all a strong, capable heroine to serve as a great role model for girl readers.

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Author Catherynne M. Valente's briskly elegant style simply snatches you into the narrative before you quite know what's happening. Amid its many critical raves, THE GIRL WHO CIRCUMNAVIGATED FAIRYLAND IN A SHIP OF HER OWN MAKING has drawn comparisons to everything from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to The Phantom Tollbooth, with the immediate disclaimer that it's a true original. However improbable the sequence of witches, monsters, fairies, and mythical creatures, the intricate story works like a Swiss watch with its own internal logic. The characters are unforgettable and complex, and artist Ana Juan's vivid, often foreboding illustrations bring them to life.

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