My Fair Godmother

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Finding your one true love can be a Grimm experience!

After her boyfriend dumps her for her older sister, sophomore Savannah Delano wishes she could find a true prince to take her to the prom. Enter Chrissy (Chrysanthemum) Everstar: Savannah’s gum-chewing, cell phone–carrying, high heel-wearing Fair Godmother. Showing why she’s only Fair—because she’s not a very good fairy student—Chrissy mistakenly sends Savannah back in time to the Middle Ages, first as Cinderella, then as ...

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Overview

Finding your one true love can be a Grimm experience!

After her boyfriend dumps her for her older sister, sophomore Savannah Delano wishes she could find a true prince to take her to the prom. Enter Chrissy (Chrysanthemum) Everstar: Savannah’s gum-chewing, cell phone–carrying, high heel-wearing Fair Godmother. Showing why she’s only Fair—because she’s not a very good fairy student—Chrissy mistakenly sends Savannah back in time to the Middle Ages, first as Cinderella, then as Snow White. Finally she sends Tristan, a boy in Savannah’s class, back instead to turn him into her prom-worthy prince. When Savannah returns to the Middle Ages to save Tristan, they must team up to defeat a troll, a dragon, and the mysterious and undeniably sexy Black Knight. Laughs abound in this clever fairy tale twist from a master of romantic comedy.

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Rallison (All's Fair in Love, War, and High School) offers hilarious mishaps from the Middle Ages and modern times as her spurned teen heroine is granted three wishes. After being dumped by her boyfriend, Savannah pines for a prince of a boy who likes the "real" her, even if she is "occasionally late and disorganized." Not so coincidentally, Savannah's magical, fair (as in so-so) godmother pops in to make her "heart's desire" come true. Disasters ensue as Savannah is swept back several centuries. Her next two wishes compound her troubles, drawing an innocent 21st-century bystander (Tristan from the track team) to the age of courtly love and dragon-slaying. They are later joined by Savannah's sister and ex-boyfriend. Confrontations with an ogre, an invincible Black Knight and an angry enchanted goat are among the trials Savannah must endure as she is taught the inevitable valuable lessons along the way. Along with its delivery of the expected moral, "Be careful what you wish for," this comedy also allows its protagonist some believable emotional growth. Ages 10-14. (Jan.)

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A decidedly non-serious 16-year-old Virginia student wishes herself into fairy-tale land in Rallison's giddy, ornately plotted fantasy. Savannah Delano pays more attention to her hair than her vocabulary, unlike her 18-year-old college-bound sister, Jane. When gorgeous track star Hunter dumps her for her more organized, responsible sibling, Savannah is offered three consolation wishes by a bored, shopoholic fairy godmother, "Chrissy" (short for Chrysanthemum). That Chrissy's just "fair" at her job comes clear when she fouls up Savannah's wish to find a prince who loves her for her true qualities, sending her back into the Middle Ages first as Cinderella, then Snow White, then as a damsel in distress who has to aid a poor warrior bard (fellow high-schooler Tristan Hawkins) in becoming a prince. Tristan proves both an intrepid prince and prom date, allowing Savannah to forget her heartbreak, as Rallison throws in everything but the kitchen sink in this goofy, not terribly convincing departure from her usual more realistic fare (All's Fair in Love, War and High School, 2003, etc.). (Fantasy. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802797803
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Janette Rallison

JANETTE RALLISON has been writing since she was six years old, although the quality of her work has improved substantially since then. She is the author of many books, including All’s Fair in Love, War, and High School. She lives in Chandler, Arizona, with her husband, Guy, and their five children. www.janetterallison.com www.janette-rallison.blogspot.com

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    A great twist on a familiar fairy tale

    Not all fairy godmothers are the answer to your problems apparently, at least, not fairy godmothers whose powers are only fair, instead of competent. Troubled teen, Tansy, gets caught on the wrong side of the law when her loser boyfriend sets her up and then bails out on her. But meeting the gorgeous police chief's son doesn't seem a bad trade-off. Every time Tansy's godmother tries to help, things get worst. Between a Robin hood who isn't so dreamy, and then a trip back in time to an evil king, a dangerous imp, deadly games, and a threat to the life of her future child, Tansy has had her fill of magic. It will take the love of her family and her own courage to get them all back home alive.

    Filled with action, adventure, emotion and a little magic gone awry, My Fair Godmother is a must-read.

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Awesome!!!!

    This book was AMAZING! I coildnt put it down! I recommend it for all middle school students!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2009

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    More than a "fair" book

    Savannah really can't believe her luck. Her gorgeous boyfriend just left her for her studious older sister. And one horrific bikini incidence later, Savannah really can't imagine her life getting any worse.

    So when Chrissy, Savannah's Fair Godmother (Chrissy is only a mediocre student so she hasn't achieved the level of "Fairy Godmother" yet), shows up, Savannah thinks maybe her luck has changed. After having Chrissy grant her a wish, Savannah realizes her luck has changed: unfortunately for the worse.

    When Savannah wishes to go to a ball with a charming prince, Chrissy sets her up as a servant Cinderella, during a time months in advance of the ball. After a few weeks of servitude, Savannah escapes using her second wish. Sadly, it lands her in the part of Snow White, whom everyone believes is an airhead. Her third wish is so misinterpreted by Chrissy, that Savannah's classmate Tristan is sent to the middle ages. To return, he must complete a series of tasks, including the slaying of a dragon. Savannah realizes that to get Tristan back to where he belongs, she will have to go back to save him.

    I picked up My Fair Godmother mainly because I am a huge fairytale fan. I expected something light, fun, and fluffy with little or no substance. I wouldn't have been disappointed if the book had ended up that way since light books are a great way to clear the mind. But I was pleasantly surprised by My Fair Godmother's true nature.

    I really got into the story, and I really liked the characters of Savannah and Tristan. Their conversations sounded pretty realistic in tone. It's the way two classmates would really act if dumped together into such a strange situation.

    But what impressed me most was Rallison's handling of Savannah. It seems like every book I read nowadays features grade-smart main characters. I've noticed that the kids who don't make the best grades are pushed into the roles of flat, ditzy characters. This upsets me because I have some friends who don't make the best grades but are really funny and aren't ditzy. They are totally round character material. Plus, this discourages reading for kids who don't have the highest GPAs. I like reading books that I can relate to. So do all readers.

    Savannah didn't make the best grades. She didn't put a lot of effort into school. But she wasn't pushed into a flat role. Instead, Rallison dumped the traditional story on its side and made Savannah's studious older sister the flat character. And in a story of twisted fairytales, this really worked.

    I highly commend Rallison for creating a book with such an original, wonderful heroine.

    This book itself had good substance, and I found myself really caring about what would happen to Savannah and Tristan. My Fair Godmother wasn't difficult to read, but I really enjoyed the fact that Rallison never talked down to her readers. Overall, an impressive novel. I look forward to reading more from Rallison in this vein in the future.

    ~bella aire~

    This review was written for the Not-So-Closet-Geek book review site: http://not-so-cg.blogspot.com

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    i loved this book!!! i keep reading it over and over again

    i really enjoyed reading my fair godmother by janette rallison. i liked how most of this book was set in the middle ages. it was fun and creative and i loved guessing what the characters would do next. my favorite part was near the end :). i definently recommend this to anyone. its a fairy tale with a twist. if you liked this i would also recommend the twice upon a time series by wendy mass, Rapunzle: the one with all the hair and sleeping beauty: the one who took a really long nap. i also recommend wings by e.d baker and wings by aprilynne pike. and how to ditch your fairy by Justine Larbalestier and wicked lovely by melissa marr.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    A very good book to pick is this one

    I DONT LIKE THIS BOOK ...........; I LOVE THIS BOOK !!!!!!!! IM 11 aND I HAVE TOLD FOUR PEOPLE TO READ IT AND THEY DID GOOD FOR AGES 10 TO 17 :)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    So Romantic

    I loved this book soooo much! It made me feel like I was acrually savanah! I READ IT 6TIMES!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    How I feel about the book -Kambra

    It seems like a good book that I will read over andnover and
    over again lol -GOD Bless

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Luvvvvvv <3

    I couldnt live without this book i have read it so many times and it never gets old? ¿_
    ¿

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

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    Enjoyable!

    Finding your one true love can be a Grimm experience! After her boyfriend dumps her for her older sister, sophomore Savannah Delano wishes she could find a true prince to take her to the prom. Enter Chrissy (Chrysanthemum) Everstar: Savannah’s gum-chewing, cell phone–carrying, high heel-wearing Fair Godmother. Showing why she’s only Fair—because she’s not a very good fairy student—Chrissy mistakenly sends Savannah back in time to the Middle Ages, first as Cinderella, then as Snow White. Finally she sends Tristan, a boy in Savannah’s class, back instead to turn him into her prom-worthy prince. When Savannah returns to the Middle Ages to save Tristan, they must team up to defeat a troll, a dragon, and the mysterious and undeniably sexy Black Knight.

    Sixteen-year-old Savannah is devastated when her boyfriend dumps her for her studious older sister, and she dreams that her life will take a fairy-tale turn, complete with a handsome prince, a ball, and a happy ending. Her wishes bring the astonishing arrival of Chrissy, an aspiring fairy godmother. Still in training and not quite in command of her magical abilities, Chrissy sends Savannah through a chain of otherworldly mishaps, including visits to Cinderella and Snow White’s stories and finally to the Middle Ages, where Savannah defeats a cast of magical creatures and discovers that regular guys are sometimes preferable to princes.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book!!!! I got caught up in all the silliness of the characters, the crazy time-travel mishaps, and the overall fairy-tale plot that I found myself falling asleep at night with my book still open in the morning. Love that! Savannah comes off as the normal ditzy teenager who makes all the wrong choices by not being honest with what she really wants in life. I was fascinated where all the story takes the reader and, at the end, it seems like such an long & complex tale when really the book only a little over 300 pages. This is definitely a fun read after a long day at work!

    Likes: The time travel wasn't kooky and got a lot more fun when more characters got involved.

    Dislikes: I felt like Savannah should have stood up for herself a little more throughout the book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Please! Write 3rd book!

    Please write another book like this i absoultly love the old fashon romance and twist of modern times. Please write another im having a hard time finding another book this good. :D i love this book and the 2nd one i recomend these books to anyone in the mood for a great love story;)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    Twelve

    Is this good for a twelve year old Sara

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    awesome

    i loved this adventurous romantic comedy its great

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2010

    Really funny!

    I love this book! It's perfect for those who like the middle ages, and a good laugh! I was especially draw by this book from the cover, and I read it and fell in love with this writer instantly! I defiantly suggest someone to buy this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    <3

    I love this book! It is so good. It is amazing how Rallison came up with this whole idea. I absolutly love how everything comes together and you cant quite figure out the mystery till the end. Lovely :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    Great read!

    This book is a great read. I'm a sucker for romance and I just love fairy tales. Such a great book. Worth the money!

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  • Posted October 28, 2013

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    If you are a fan of disjointed fairy tales, or like a little bit

    If you are a fan of disjointed fairy tales, or like a little bit of historical adventure, I would suggest picking up a copy of My Fair Godmother. At the start of the book, the superficial &quot;airhead&quot; Savannah seems to have the perfect life. She has a good-looking boyfriend, Hunter, and doesn't really seem to be bothered with anything other than shopping and prom. Her older sister, Jane, is completely different from Savannah. Jane concentrates on her schoolwork rather than her appearance, and had been crushing on Hunter even before he started dating Savannah. Refusing to give up, Jane undergoes a total makeover, and in the process she gets Hunter. That's breaking the most cardinal rule of sisterhood...never steal your sister's boyfriend. It's an unwritten rule. Luckily, Savannah has a fair(y) godmother to help save the day.

    Or not. Savannah's fairy godmother, Chrysanthemum Everstar, isn't what one might imagine. She's just like Savannah, shallow and immature. Her wishes go haywire, and she doesn't really seem to care whether Savannah gets her prince charming or not. For her first two wishes Savannah is sent back in time, once as Cinderella, and once as Snow White. Rallison doesn't Disney-ify these princesses, they lived in the middle ages, and it was miserable. Plus, the princes don't seem very prince-like, they're rather rude and egotistical.

    For her third wish, Savannah inadvertently sends a classmate back in time, and she has to go back to help him become a prince, otherwise they'll both be stuck there forever. While there they encounter a dragon, a cyclops, and a dark knight who is more than he seems.

    I really enjoyed this book, it had all the elements I look for in good YA fiction. There was a little bit of romance, some fantasy, and it was funny. It also made me appreciate shampoo, and being able to bathe on a regular basis. In other words, I didn't want to set it down. While this was Rallison's first fantasy novel, I hope to read more like this from her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    Read book

    I want to read this book soooooo mad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

    LOVED IT

    I loved this book! It is so cute and unresistable. The beginning was a little boring but i tried to keep reading it and it became a fairy tale. And not a little kids fairly tale, but more for tweens and teens. There was much drama. A VERY MUCH MUST READ. Also read the sequel. I loved that one too :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Original and lots of fun!

    A fun mix of modern romance and Grimm's fairy tales. I can't wait to share this with my girls in a few years. I have been recommending this to all my reading friends.

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    Posted April 11, 2013

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