Friday, December 28, 2012

Curse of the Thirteenth Fey by Jane Yolen -

Yolen, Jane Curse of the Thirteenth Fey: The true tale of Sleeping Beauty, 290 p. Philomel (Penguin), 2012.  $17.  Content: G.  

Gorse’s family of Fey are required by oath to do whatever they are Bid by a member of royalty.  On the new princess’s christening day, Gorse is sick, but she is still required to attend and in her race to the palace, she finds herself somewhere very different indeed.  Now she is stuck underground with two stranger Fae, but their strange demands may actually be the key to the family problem.  

The reference to Sleeping Beauty on the cover of the book is really misleading and completely unnecessary. This story is a stand alone home run all by itself and doesn't need the fairy tale reference.  Yolen's tale brings familiar and brand new tale elements together into a wonderful tale.  Yes, you know I am partial to fairy tales, but you can not deny Yolen's magic!  

EL, MS, HS - ADVISABLE.  Cindy, Library Teacher.

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