Bad Luck Girl: The American Fairy Trilogy Book 3

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Fans of Libba Bray's The Diviners will love the blend of fantasy and jazz-hot Chicago in this stylish series.

After rescuing her parents from the Seelie king at Hearst Castle, Callie is caught up in the war between the fairies of the Midnight Throne and the Sunlit Kingdoms. By accident, she discovers that fairies aren't the only magical creatures in the world. There's also Halfers, misfits that are half fairy and half other—laced with strange magic and big-city attitude. As the ...

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Overview

Fans of Libba Bray's The Diviners will love the blend of fantasy and jazz-hot Chicago in this stylish series.

After rescuing her parents from the Seelie king at Hearst Castle, Callie is caught up in the war between the fairies of the Midnight Throne and the Sunlit Kingdoms. By accident, she discovers that fairies aren't the only magical creatures in the world. There's also Halfers, misfits that are half fairy and half other—laced with strange magic and big-city attitude. As the war heats up, Callie's world falls apart. And even though she's the child of prophecy, she doubts she can save the Halfers, her people, her family, and Jack, let alone herself. The fairies all say Callie is the Bad Luck Girl, and she's starting to believe them.

A strong example of diversity in YA, the American Fairy Trilogy introduces Callie LeRoux, a half-black teen who stars in this evocative story full of American history and fairy tales.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

Praise for Bad Luck Girl:

"All the powers that be want to use Callie's magic to win the war for their side, and nobody cares what happens to Callie, Jack or the Halfers, raising the stakes to frighteningly high levels. Callie and Zettel bring this stellar trilogy to a satisfyingly sentimental conclusion." —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"[Zettel's] strong characterizations, historical detail, and carefully constructed fantastic elements create a high-energy literary fusion that fans will devour." —SLJ

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Pam Carlson
Callie has just been reunited with her parents in this last book of the The American Fairy Trilogy. But she has also killed someone and is living with the guilt. Her heart is now torn by the plight of the Halfers. Just as she is half-fairy and half-human, they are half-fairy and half-whatever: paper, wood, wire … and all distrusting of Callie, uncertain whether she wants to help or harm them. The true hero is Callie’s human mother, protector and caretaker, unafraid to stand up to bullies, human or otherwise, and feeding everyone delicious meals along the way. Will Callie claim her role as the heir to the Midnight Throne of the fairies or be doomed by almost continual impulsive and bad decisions? An epilogue following the inevitable showdown with her uncle, the current ruler of the fairies, seems to promise a happy ending but… Callie is a complicated character. At times, she seems much older and wiser than fifteen; at other times, she is just a willful teen bent on doing what she wants and defying her parents’ rules meant to keep her safe. Her powerful fairy father remains a bit of a mystery. He, like the rest of the fairy folk, has many unexplainable characteristics. Like the rest of the characters, he has many facets. This is a thought-provoking trilogy. There is not the typical depiction of fairies or of their homes. 1920s Chicago is bleak and dominated by Hoovervilles and poverty. Still, there is magic in the air. Reviewer: Pam Carlson; Ages 12 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-03-17
Calliope Margaret LeRoux deMinuit, half-human and half-Unseelie, Heir to the Midnight Throne, can save or destroy all of fairykind. Now that Callie and best friend Jack have rescued Callie's parents, everything's going to be just fine, right? Jack, Callie and her parents reach Depression-era Chicago, struggling against dangers both magical (cold iron, which has a worse effect on Callie's Unseelie father, Daniel LeRoux, than on half-fairy Callie) and mundane (the racism of Jim Crow, which endangers dark-skinned Daniel more than light-skinned, half-white Callie). After all the time she and Jack have spent fighting to escape the Seelie and Unseelie courts while rescuing Callie's folks, she's confident and independent. But her father is ancient, powerful and protective; Callie hates how Daniel's "ordering [her] around like a little kid." Zettel beautifully places this age-old generational conflict into her distinctive world. Callie and Jack want to help the Halfers, half-fairy elemental creatures composed of paper, electricity and other urban magics; Daniel calls them "Undone" and orders Callie to stay far away from the strange magic he despises. Ultimately, all the powers that be want to use Callie's magic to win the war for their side, and nobody cares what happens to Callie, Jack or the Halfers, raising the stakes to frighteningly high levels. Callie and Zettel bring this stellar trilogy to a satisfyingly sentimental conclusion. (Fantasy. 12-14)
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
Gr 6 Up—In this final book in the series, Callie's 16th birthday is marked by warring fairy kingdoms fighting for control of her magical gift: the ability to open gates between worlds. Set during the Great Depression, the fast-paced action takes readers from Los Angeles to Chicago to the very heart of the fairy world. Callie is the biracial daughter of a fairy prince and a devoted human mother, and in Chicago, she meets the "Halfers," beings neither human nor fairy. With her characteristic kindness and sense of justice, Callie befriends the shunned Halfers and realizes that her choice of allegiance is not just between the fairy and the human worlds. The ingenious, sensitive description of the Halfers, who live in magical shanty town for exiles, is particularly affecting, with a paper bag girl and a rat-faced boy. The setting, premise, genre-blending, and themes of race and acceptance sound like the makings for an overcrowded book, but Zettel pulls it off. Her strong characterizations, historical detail, and carefully constructed fantastic elements create a high-energy literary fusion that fans will devour.—Martha Baden, Prescott Public Library, AZ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375869402
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Series: American Fairy Trilogy Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 388,904
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

SARAH ZETTEL is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author. She has written 18 novels and multiple short stories over the past 17 years in addition to practicing tai chi, learning to fiddle, marrying a rocket scientist, and raising a rapidly growing son. The American Fairy Trilogy is her first series for teens.

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  • Posted June 11, 2014

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    'Bad Luck Girl' is the third and final book in the American Fair

    'Bad Luck Girl' is the third and final book in the American Fairy Trilogy. The book continues to follow our main character - Callie - as she tries to get her life back to normal after rescuing her parents. The quiet doesn't last long before Callie is caught up in a war between two fairy kingdoms - the Midnight Throne and the Sunlit kingdoms. During the fight, Callie's world is turned upside down when she learns that fairies aren't the only fantastical creatures on earth. There are also Halfers - creatures who are half fairy and half other - who are misfits with big attitudes and odd magic. Callie knows that she's supposed to be the child of the prophecy, but she's beginning to doubt everyone and everything around her - especially herself. When the fairies dub Callie the "Bad Luck Girl," she's starts to believe it's true. Will she be able to call upon her strength and magic to save everyone she loves and must protect - including the Halfers - or will she let everyone down?

    This is a completely unique blend of several genres that combine to create a magnificent story with complex characters and serious situations. The author does a fantastic job of mixing fantasy with historical fiction, romance, action, and adventure throughout the book and the series. On top of spanning several genres, the books also touch on serious topics like race, self confidence, and love. All of these things come together to make a incredibly magical trilogy that will leave readers entranced from the first page. I loved Callie as the main character. She's strong, smart, devoted to her family and her people - but we see that she has her faults too - like doubting herself and having issues with confidence. She's a very realistic character and I found myself rooting for her from the beginning. The plot of the book was tense as the two fairy kingdoms finally come to war. I was eager to see how things were going to play out and what would happen in the end. I have to say that the author tied up the trilogy nicely, without leaving readers hanging or questions unanswered. The writing was great - a quick pace with vivid imagery and descriptions that made it feel like I was right alongside Callie the entire time. This is definitely a book/series that I would recommend to fans of the genre, along with those who enjoy something fresh and different with an original story.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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