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My Unfair Godmother

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Tansy Miller didn’t mean to end up on the wrong side of the law—being caught with a can of spray paint, on a date, wasn’t exactly planned. Enter Chrysanthemum “Chrissy” Everstar, Tansy’s fair godmother, who still has a few things to learn about granting wishes. When Tansy is transported to the Middle Ages to recreate the Rumpelstiltskin tale, Tansy will need the help of her family, her wits, and especially the cute police chief ’s son, Hudson, to stop the gold-spinning story ...

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Overview

Tansy Miller didn’t mean to end up on the wrong side of the law—being caught with a can of spray paint, on a date, wasn’t exactly planned. Enter Chrysanthemum “Chrissy” Everstar, Tansy’s fair godmother, who still has a few things to learn about granting wishes. When Tansy is transported to the Middle Ages to recreate the Rumpelstiltskin tale, Tansy will need the help of her family, her wits, and especially the cute police chief ’s son, Hudson, to stop the gold-spinning story from spinning wildly out of control.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—Tansy Miller, 17, doesn't realize what a jerk her boyfriend is until she hears police sirens and the sound of his motorcycle driving away from the scene of a crime—without her on the back. From there things get even worse; she's tricked into implicating him to Hudson, the police chief's hunky son. She's been grounded indefinitely by her father, who she is now living with for the first time since she was seven. On top of all that, she is soon visited by her fairy godmother, Chrysanthemum Everstar, and Clover, a leprechaun. Unfortunately, her godmother is still in training, and the leprechaun cares more about visiting the pub than helping Tansy out of the difficult situations that Chrissy keeps putting her in. As Chrissy and Clover keep bungling Tansy's wishes, the teen encounters Robin Hood and his Merry Men before she is sent to the Middle Ages to live out the "Rumpelstiltskin" fairy tale. Tansy knows that in order to escape her fate, she'll have to promise the king's baby to the horrible little man, but what if she could find a way to change the ending so that she could escape back to modern times. Fortunately for Tansy, Hudson is with her throughout. The fracturing of different fairy tales makes this story a bit more interesting than a standard teenage romance, and the ending hints at a sequel.—Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library, OR
Children's Literature - Beverly Melasi
Tansy Miller is a typical teenager in high school who does not lead a typical life. When her younger sister gets a part in a Broadway play, her mother has to travel with her. So Tansy has to move in with her dad, stepmother, and stepbrother. Tansy does not think her dad cares about her anymore, so she does things to get his attention: such as dating a rebellious boy, who spray paints the school on their date, leaving her behind with the police. At the police station Tansy meets Hudson, whom she thinks is in trouble, too; but is really the police chief's son, who gets her to tell him everything. Grounded and exiled to her room, she meets her teenage fairy godmother-in-training, Chrissy Everstar, who gives her three wishes that do not quite go very well. Tansy accidently wishes Robin Hood into the twenty-first century where he and his merry men pillage the city. Then, while wishing for gold to help her family, she gets them transported to the Middle Ages and into the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale, where her unlikely rescuer is Hudson. This magical, chaotic, romantic adventure is a very innovative way to modernize some almost forgotten fairy tales. Reviewer: Beverly Melasi
VOYA - Cindy Faughnan
When seventeen-year-old Tansy Miller is arrested for vandalizing public buildings—a crime actually committed by her bad-boy boyfriend and his friends—she is assigned a fairy godmother because she is "78 percent pathetic." Fairy Chrysanthemum Everstar, "Chrissy," needs an extra-credit project to earn her way into Fairy Godmother University. Tansy mistakenly wishes she knew what Robin Hood would do in her situation, using up one of her three wishes when Chrissy makes Robin Hood and his Merry Men appear in Tansy's bedroom. Robin Hood and his men break Tansy's window and wreak havoc on the neighborhood. Tansy's further wishes do not work out much better, sending her whole family and Hudson, a friend of her stepbrother's, into medieval times from which their only escape is living through the fairy tale of Rumplestiltskin. Tansy may be pathetic, but she is a likeable character. Her reasons for behaving the way she does are explained in a way that make her bad choices believable. Secondary characters are well drawn. It is fun to see Robin Hood and his men mishandle modern civilization and to get to know Robin and Rumplestiltskin as more complete characters than their storybook existences. Tansy's new love interest, Hudson, has his own believable story for the way he acts, a story that Tansy is able to change before the book is finished. The mixture of fantasy and reality should not work, but Rallison makes the unbelievable work right alongside the contemporary problems, creating a fast-paced, humorous, and entertaining story. Reviewer: Cindy Faughnan
VOYA - Jenna Yee
My Unfair Godmother is told from Tansy's point of view. Rallison tells the story by mixing modern times with fairy tales. Through the mishaps and make-ups in the story readers are able to put themselves in Tansy's shoes. The story flows well but drags toward the end of the book. Despite going on longer than necessary, Rallison pens a well-written story. Reviewer: Jenna Yee, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—Tansy Miller, 17, doesn't realize what a jerk her boyfriend is until she hears police sirens and the sound of his motorcycle driving away from the scene of a crime—without her on the back. From there things get even worse; she's tricked into implicating him to Hudson, the police chief's hunky son. She's been grounded indefinitely by her father, who she is now living with for the first time since she was seven. On top of all that, she is soon visited by her fairy godmother, Chrysanthemum Everstar, and Clover, a leprechaun. Unfortunately, her godmother is still in training, and the leprechaun cares more about visiting the pub than helping Tansy out of the difficult situations that Chrissy keeps putting her in. As Chrissy and Clover keep bungling Tansy's wishes, the teen encounters Robin Hood and his Merry Men before she is sent to the Middle Ages to live out the "Rumpelstiltskin" fairy tale. Tansy knows that in order to escape her fate, she'll have to promise the king's baby to the horrible little man, but what if she could find a way to change the ending so that she could escape back to modern times. Fortunately for Tansy, Hudson is with her throughout. The fracturing of different fairy tales makes this story a bit more interesting than a standard teenage romance, and the ending hints at a sequel.—Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library, OR
Kirkus Reviews

The sequel to My Fair Godmother (2009) pits the distracted, wayward Chrysanthemum Everstar, moonlighting as a tooth fairy while maneuvering to enter Fairy Godmother University, against a confused 17-year-old girl who acts out angrily in response to the divorce of her parents. Tansy Miller's idyllic childhood was ruptured when her parents move to separate states; eventually she is sent to live with her librarian father—formerly her beloved reading buddy, now remarried in Rock Canyon, Ariz.—and mistakenly believes that a handsome, motorcycle-riding boyfriend named Bo will offer her the love she needs. Tansy's unhappiness attracts the attention of the fairy godmother apparatus: Chrissy tenders the requisite three wishes, which Tansy, in true teenage fashion, duly botches, and a really madcap scenario involving Robin Hood and his mangy Merry Men ensues. Moreover, Tansy's desire to have "something like the Midas touch, but more controllable," hurls her back into the Middle Ages to spin gold out of straw before Rumpelstiltskin snatches her firstborn. Rallison's pull-out-all-the-stops latest strains reader credulity (again!), but it's so determined to be likable and warmhearted and press all the right buttons that readers will surely be rooting for Chrissy and Tansy anyway. (Fantasy.12 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802722362
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 4/12/2011
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 389,605
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (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 several books, including My Fair Godmother, It's a Mall World After All , and All's Fair in Love, War, and High School . She lives in Arizona, with her husband, Guy, and their five children.

www.janetterallison.com www.janette-rallison.blogspot.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    I loved this book!

    I really liked this one. I began reading Rallison's books a little over three years ago (not that long ago) and every book she's written finds a place in my heart. I teared up in a few scenes, which was great considering the last time i cried over a book wad when I was reading Harry Potter. I think.

    Anyway, I would recomend this second book to anyone who has read and loved My Fair Godmother, and also to anyone who is looking for a good laugh and loves twisted fairytales.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2011

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    I Also Recommend:

    My Unfair Godmother

    Tansy Miller has problems. She is shipped off to live with her father, who divorced her mother years ago, and his new family, in some small Arizona town while her sister gets to perform on Broadway. Her rebellious behavior to annoy her father is backfiring, and she's pretty sure her boyfriend doesn't love her. Enter Chrysanthemum Everstar, Tansy's fair godmother (yes, fair. Chrissy has yet to be accepted into Fairy Godmother University).

    Three wishes and pandemonium ensue where Robin Hood and his Merry Men are brought into the 21st century, a few choice people are sent back to the 12th century, oh and there is Rumplestiltskin and King John, of course.

    Let the fun begin.

    My Unfair Godmother was a fantastic book. It was chock full of action, adventure, laughs and romance. The main character, Tansy, was completely relatable and likable- as were most of the characters in this book (well besides the villains). The romance between Hudson and Tansy was done very nicely, they didn't immediately fall in love with each other, as most teen romance is handled in other YA books, it was almost the opposite. They didn't like each other too much in the beginning. I felt like each character that I read about had their own distinct personality. They felt like real people, and that isn't easy to achieve as an author.

    For the sake of conserving space, let's just sum up that I loved almost everything about this book. If I had to complain about one thing it is that there were several similarities between this book and the author's previous one, My Fair Godmother. But the story and characters were so well done that I can't even complain about that much.

    Overall, excellent book about love, family, and fairy tales.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    Wow!

    I was not expecting this book to be as good as the first book. This one was better! The fairy godmother was still Christy but her personality was more developed. All of the characters were well developed. I think she is a great author and this book was written well. One of the most important things about a book is that it brings things to life. This book made the perfect mind movie. I could picture every detail and it turned out perfectly.This book had lots to it and kept you interested. Tansy goes through ups and downs, then ends up in a fairy tale. She has to get find a way out but has to finish the fairy tale even though she doesn' t want to. Tansy has to find another way. She falls in love with the person she least expects to and changes his life.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    I absolutely love this book! It is a hilarious story that makes

    I absolutely love this book! It is a hilarious story that makes you cry a little bit too (well, it made ME cry). It's unique because most fairy godmothers are just what every girl needs-and wants! But you'd never expect to have a teenage fairy godmother who was horrible (and not to mention cocky). I would definitely recommend this if you're looking for a fun, not-so-traditional fairy tale.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Awesome book!

    This was one of my favorite fantasy/romace/young adult books of all time. It was unexpected, sweet, and all around beautiful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    So whens the next one coming out???????

    Loved this book especially Hudson what girl wouldnt what everything this character is in a real man lol

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Love strikes

    This book just describes how hard a teenage life is and you NEVER can let anybody fix it for you if you read this one you should read My Fair Godmother hope you enjoy it!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2011

    I WANT A FAIRY GODMOTHER!!

    ok~ Maybe not Crissy, but what a fun book! I couldn't put it down! Fairy tales come to life in this retelling of Robin Hood/ Rumpelstiltskin. I look for clean books. Please leave the "real language" in the gutter. I can always count on Janette Rallison for funny characters, rich stories and original ides and I don't have to edit anything for my kids to read and enjoy!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2011

    So many amazing authors out there that need more publicity! :)

    This book is amazing. It changed me in ways i hadn't expected. This book taught me about family and forgiveness. I loved it soo much and it really spoke to me like Fixing Delilah spoke to me. These two books taught more than i would have learned from some other YA book. This book kept me reading and excited. I learned so much about mistakes and forgiveness than i ever have in my 15 years. I just wish there were more books like this and i am greatful for these wonderful authors.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    Amazing

    This is the best book ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    Love this book!!!

    This is the best book I have ever read. The entire thing is original and it's better than the first one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    Magical book!!!!!!

    This book kept me reading for days!!! Its a magical adventure that would be awesome for kids to read. The author is amazing. This book told me things i never knew like the story of rumplestilskin. This book will put you on the edge of your seat to see what happens to old miss Tansy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Better than the first

    I rarely say this but i thiught this was even better than its prequel. The love between them was more interesting, the backstory was better and the story overall way better. I loved this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Deimos

    Nothing, hatred

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Vf

    I jate these kimds of things when its really not her fault, its everyone elses. Doesnt anyone realize how stupid that is?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    <3

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!! I love all of the cliffhangers and it has enough action to balance out the romance. This book keeps you guessing and is an alltime favorite!
    I cant wait for the next book to comeout.
    CRISSY!?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    My unfair godmother

    This book is so great by:madison mccomb

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Best book ever

    Best book ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Peace101

    BEST BOOK EVA it was funny romantic and mysterious i loved it!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!:;)(:

    I just loved this book i wish the story would continue with what goes on between Hudson and Tansy in another book! I wish it would so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

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