by Beth Bracken, Kay Fraser, Odessa Sawyer

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Back in Faerieground, Soli must lead her kingdom to safety. But Lucy becomes ill, and her wellbeing is her best friend's first priority, even if it means sacrificing the crown.


Back in Faerieground, Soli must lead her kingdom to safety. But Lucy becomes ill, and her wellbeing is her best friend's first priority, even if it means sacrificing the crown.

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Children's Literature - Magi Evans
This book is really books five through eight of the “Faerieground” series, bound into one. In the first four books, Lucy and Soli discovered that Soli is the daughter of Calandra, the evil queen of Faerieground. Now Soli and Lucy are determined to bring the ruined kingdom back, and Soli has taken over as queen, having removed the faerie glamour from Calandra. But both Lucy and Calandra are dying from a mysterious illness. Soli and her friend Kheelan take Lucy to the Ladybirds, hoping to find a cure. Along the way the Crows, who are the faeries’ enemies, shadow them. When they reach the Ladybirds, they discover that Calandra has been taken there as well. Then the Crows kidnap Lucy, and Soli and Kheelan undertake a rescue mission, taking Calandra with them to show the way. During the journey, Calandra dies, after imparting a cryptic message to Soli. Then Soli is captured by the Crows, and in the room where she is locked up; she discovers what her mother’s message means and escapes. But Soli knows that war is coming, and readers will have to wait for the next book(s) to find out what happens to the two girls, and to the faerie kingdom. Both Soli and Lucy tell the story in alternating narrative. Sawyer’s illustrations are exquisite; saturated with color yet oddly muted; they provide beauty and enrichment to the story. With its short chapters and many illustrations, this series is perfect for youngsters who love fantasy but whose reading skills may not be up to the most popular, epic length books. But that should not limit the audience. The story and illustrations would beguile fantasy lovers of any reading level. The first books are a must read to get the whole story. Reviewer: Magi Evans; Ages 10 to 14.

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Capstone Young Readers
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6.10(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Beth Bracken's books have been translated into multiple languages, and her picture books have won the 2011 Creative Child Award; the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize; and the 2013 Mom's Choice Gold Award. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband, Steve, and their children. When she's not reading, writing, or editing books, Beth spends most of her time knitting endlessly while watching reruns of old TV shows and drinking lots of tea.

Kay Fraser is from Buenos Aires. She left home at eighteen and moved to North Dakota—basically the exact opposite of Argentina. These days, she lives in Minneapolis, designs books, writes, makes tea for her husband, and drives her daughters to their dance lessons.

Odessa Sawyer is an illustrator from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She works mainly in digital mixed media, utilizing digital painting, photography, and traditional pen and ink. Odessa's work has graced book covers from many top publishing houses, and she has also done work for various film and television projects, posters, and album covers. Highly influenced by fantasy, fairy tales, fashion, and classic horror, Odessa's work celebrates a whimsical, dreamy and vibrant quality.

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