The Boy Who Lost Fairyland (Hardcover)

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By Catherynne M. Valente, Ana Juan (Illustrator)
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Catherynne M. Valente's Fairyland series will forever be a favorite of mine: It's imaginative, meaningful, whimsical, playful, and is really--seriously--gorgeous writing. Her prose is some of the best I've seen. Next on my to-read list is this fourth book in the series, which stars (for the first time) a boy! Confession: I love Valente's writing so much that I procrastinate starting her books so I can postpone the sad situation of having to finish them. Great for: A Middle Grade reader and/or any-aged reader with an imaginative inner world who wonders, wanders, and wishes her/his way out of this one.

— From The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, by Catherynne M. Valente


When a young troll named Hawthorn is stolen from Fairyland by the Red Wind, he becomes a changeling-a human boy-in the strange city of Chicago, a place no less bizarre and magical than Fairyland. Left with a human family, Hawthorn struggles with his troll nature and his changeling fate, while attending school and learning about human kindnesses-and un-kindnesses.

In a starred review, Kirkus noted, "Every page of this book contains at least one stunning sentence. Valente's descriptions of the human world make it sound like an exotic place, even when she just lists things to see: "diamonds and dinosaur bones and Canadian geese and the Cathedral of Notre Dame and ballpoint pens." Readers may wish the words were food, so they could eat them up. And they may keep reading this series for just as long as people have been arguing about Oz."

Time magazine has praised Catherynne M. Valente's Fairyland books as "one of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century." In this fourth installment of her saga, Valente's wisdom and wit will charm readers of all ages.

About the Author

CATHERYNNE M. VALENTE is the author of over a dozen books of fiction and poetry, and is best-known for her urban speculative fiction, including Palimpsest (winner of the 2010 Lambda Award), and The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden. The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, her first novel for young readers, was posted online in 2009 and won the Andre Norton Award--the first book to ever win before traditional publication. Cat Valente lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her partner, two dogs, and an enormous cat.ANA JUAN is a world-renowned illustrator known in this country for her wonderful covers for the New Yorker magazine, as well as the children's books The Night Eater, and Frida, written by Jonah Winter. She lives in Spain.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250023490
ISBN-10: 1250023491
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2015
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Fairyland