The Book Cellar
“Valente makes magic again with the sequel to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland. After waiting anxiously for a year and keeping her first trip to Fairyland a secret, September literally tumbles back into the fantasy land for another adventure. It seems the trouble in Fairyland might be of September's own making. She gave up her own shadow in the first book, and now all the shadows and magic in Fairyland are disappearing and September must travel to the underworld to confront the Hollow Queen and restore the magic to her beloved secret world. Such a fun series!”
— Whitney Spotts, Schuler Books & Music, Lansing, MI
"One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century."--Time magazine, on the Fairyland series
September has longed to return to Fairyland after her first adventure there. And when she finally does, she learns that its inhabitants have been losing their shadows--and their magic--to the world of Fairyland Below. This underworld has a new ruler: Halloween, the Hollow Queen, who is September's shadow. And Halloween does not want to give Fairyland's shadows back.
Fans of Valente's bestselling, first Fairyland book will revel in the lush setting, characters, and language of September's journey, all brought to life by fine artist Ana Juan. Readers will also welcome back good friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. But in Fairyland Below, even the best of friends aren't always what they seem. . . .
A Time Magazine Best Book of the Year
"Valente is making new myths right now, right before our eyes. Don't miss the show." --Time Magazine
“[Valente] fills her Fairyland with magical wonder.”--School Library Journal
"Remarkable. . . . Sophisticated, prodigious blending of familiar and original storytelling elements adds multilayered texture, while the rich prose oozes exotic, imaginative imagery.”--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Valente draws motifs from mythology, fairy tales, and Victorian fantasy to build an astonishing, appealing world all her own. Juan’s whimsical black-and-white spot illustrations ably capture outlandish Fairyland and its in
Praise for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland: "One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century." --Lev Grossman, Time Magazine “A glorious balancing act between modernism and the Victorian Fairy Tale, done with heart and wisdom.”—Neil Gaiman, Newbery Award–winning author of The Graveyard Book “September is a clever, fun, stronghearted addition to the ranks of bold, adventurous girls. Valente’s subversive storytelling is sheer magic.”—Tamora Pierce, author of The Immortals series “A mad, toothsome romp of a fairy tale—full of oddments, whimsy, and joy.”—Holly Black, author of Zombies vs. Unicorns and The Spiderwick Chronicles “When I saw that this book reminds me simultaneously of E. Nesbit, James Thurber, and the late Eva Ibbotson, I don’t mean to take anything awy from its astonishing originality. It’s a charmer from the first page, managing the remarkable parlay of being at once ridiculously funny and surprisingly suspenseful. Catherynne Valente is a find, at any age!”—Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn “This is a kind of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by way of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland—it’s the sort of book one doesn’t want to end.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review “[Fairyland creates] a world as bizarre and enchanting as any Wonderland or Oz and a heroine as curious, resourceful and brave as any Alice or Dorothy. Complex, rich and memorable.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review “This book is quite simply a gold mine.”—Booklist, Starred Review “Amusing, wrenching, and thought-provoking.”—The Horn Book
habitants." --Horn Book