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Magicalamity
     

Magicalamity

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by Kate Saunders
 

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Tom is in shock. He's just discovered that his dad is an escaped fairy on the run. And that he must trust his life to three dangerous fairy godmothers he's never met. Two of them are hardened criminals, and one falls out of the window when she tries to fly . . .

Will their mad magic be enough to help Tom rescue his dad from the clutches of some killer fairies?

Overview

Tom is in shock. He's just discovered that his dad is an escaped fairy on the run. And that he must trust his life to three dangerous fairy godmothers he's never met. Two of them are hardened criminals, and one falls out of the window when she tries to fly . . .

Will their mad magic be enough to help Tom rescue his dad from the clutches of some killer fairies?

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Starred Review, School Library Journal, April 2013:
“Children who prefer their fantasy lighthearted will love this action-packed adventure, brimming with sly humor and clever asides… This book should fly off the shelves, with or without a magic carpet.”
Children's Literature - Laura Backman
One morning Tom wakes to find a stranger, his fairy godmother, in his kitchen and his parents missing. He discovers his Dad is a fairy and wanted for murder and his mother is hidden away, safe somewhere for her own protection. When Tom finds he himself is only half human, his life changes forever. With the help of his three kind, yet unique and amusing godmothers, they set out to prove that Tom's father is not guilty and have a series of comedic adventures along the way. Saunders's writing draws the reader into this well-developed story from the very first page and every twist and turn keeps the reader wanting more. The characters are comical and clever. There are creative elements and allusions to stories such as, Snow White and Peter Pan, among many others. Readers will experience flying carpets, genies, and even a dragon in this fast-paced story sure to appeal to both kids and adults. This title is a magical mystery adventure andgood for lots of laughs. Reviewer: Laura Backman
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—This funny, outrageous romp through fairyland has it all: spies, secret organizations, fairy godmothers, flying carpets, and magic. Tom Harding is under the mistaken impression that he is a normal 11-year-old, until the day that his parents disappear and he finds a bumbling fairy in his kitchen, making eggs for breakfast. It turns out that she is one of his three fairy godmothers, his father is a fairy in mortal danger, his mother has been hidden in a jar of sun-dried tomatoes, and he is a demisprite, a persona non grata in the fairy kingdom. Despite this, it is clear to Tom that he will have to save his parents from the fury of the ruling Falconer family. With the help of his fairy godmothers and Pindar, a renegade Falconer, he uses his determination, courage, and clear-sightedness to bring the story to a satisfying resolution. Children who prefer their fantasy lighthearted will love this action-packed adventure, brimming with sly humor and clever asides, such as the Realm Wide Web with the Abracadabra browser. This book should fly off the shelves, with or without a magic carpet.—Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
Tom Harding is a polite, innocent, blue-eyed English boy. Look again: He is also a demisprite (half fairy, half mortal) who must rescue his father from a 21st-century fairyland that is not "a pink, sugary kind of place." "Tom had a moment of unreality. This time yesterday he'd been watching television in the kitchen at home, listening to Mum and Dad chatting and laughing downstairs while they closed up the deli. Now his mother had vanished and his father was living undercover as a bat." Lively humor and zany plot twists persuade readers to join Tom, his clumsy cousin Pindar and his three larger-than-life fairy godmothers in a lighthearted romp to the realm of Fairy and back to London. The book is peppered with allusions to figures historical, magical and literary--and contains amusing amalgams. (Who would have guessed that Coco Chanel and Joseph Stalin were both demisprites?) Occasional potty humor is balanced by understatements such as "When you've just been told you might be about to disintegrate, it's hard to concentrate on anything else." Saunders entertains readers of all ages with such escapades as a glass-coffin heist (think "Snow White" meets The Wizard of Oz). Despite oft-repeated threats, violence is always offstage or silly--as in spells that turn bad guys into dung beetles. Good fantasy fun, British style. (Fantasy. 9-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375989681
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
12/11/2012
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

KATE SAUNDERS has written lots of books for adults and children. She lives in London with her son and her three cats.

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Magicalamity 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book alot. If you want to read another book of Kate Saunders, you definately should read The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop.
ShannonODonnell More than 1 year ago
This was a fun, fantasy adventure. I enjoyed the world building and character development, particularly Tom's fairy godmothers, as well as the colorful British flavor. I have no doubt middle grade fantasy fans will scoop this one up and savor its pages. I'll be recommending to students in my classroom.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever