Philippa Fisher's Fairy Godsister (Philippa Fisher Series #1)

Philippa Fisher's Fairy Godsister (Philippa Fisher Series #1)

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by Liz Kessler

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New from the author of the best-selling Emily Windsnap series! A tale of a girl and her reluctant fairy guardian sparkles with magic and charm.

Philippa Fisher would like nothing more than to summon a fairy. Still, she is taken aback when Daisy, the new girl at school, announces that she is Philippa's fairy godmother — or godsister, since they're both


New from the author of the best-selling Emily Windsnap series! A tale of a girl and her reluctant fairy guardian sparkles with magic and charm.

Philippa Fisher would like nothing more than to summon a fairy. Still, she is taken aback when Daisy, the new girl at school, announces that she is Philippa's fairy godmother — or godsister, since they're both the same age. Though the fairy is none too pleased with her mission, she is obliged to see it through and grant her human charge the customary three wishes. Now, if only Philippa would wish for something that makes her life better, not worse! With warmth and whimsy, the creator of Emily Windsnap whisks a traditional theme into a contemporary setting to tell a story of friendship, luck, and how we decide what we really want.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Girls may fall upon Liz Kessler's story with joy. . . . A funny, wise book about finding confidence and friendship." — THE TIMES (London) — Times, The (UK)
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Philippa Fisher has never felt quite as sad as she does when her best friend Charlotte moves away. It has not been easy for Philippa to make friends; her parents are eccentric, to say the least. They are party entertainers, and they embarrass Philippa by wearing oddball costumes, driving a wildly painted van, and even coming to school in pajama pants. With Charlotte gone, Philippa does not feel like she will ever have another friend. At her lowest moment, she spots an unusual flower. Philippa is sure it is a fairy, so she recites a chant she learned from her mother and puts it in a special place. That night, her fear of the fairy's magic grows. Just before the appointed transformation time, Philippa throws the flower out her tree house window! That is one reason why Daisy, the fairy, is terse and unfriendly when she approaches Philippa at school the next morning. Daisy has a job to do—grant three wishes for Philippa—but she has already decided she does not like the girl, and that's that. Or is it? Can friendship bloom between this unlikely pair? Or are they destined to keep hurting each other until the mission is done? The girls' friendship is a roller coaster of emotion that the preteen set will recognize, and the plot picks up as Philippa's wishes turn out differently than she had intended and the girls face a common foe. Capitalizing on recent interest in all things fairy, this book is likely to have high appeal for middle readers. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green\
School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

Philippa Fisher's life is a disaster. Her parents embarrass her in front of her friends; they are party entertainers and drive a bright yellow VW camper with pictures of clowns and jesters and rabbits painted on the side. Then her best friend moves away and she feels totally alone. She is so miserable, in fact, that the ATC (Above the Clouds) sends her a fairy godmother from 3WD (the Three Wishes Department). But Daisy, the fairy godmother (called a godsister because of her age), has serious attitude and is vexed at being paired with a human. She and Philippa get off to a dreadful start when her charge unknowingly leaves the transforming fairy with a limp and bruises. Just wanting to get the job done, Daisy delivers three wishes that give the girl the opportunity to change her life forever, which results in near disaster. Philippa, a self-conscious 11-year-old who desperately wants to be part of the popular crowd, is forced to rethink what friendship and parental love are all about. It is her choices and the consequences that make this story so moving. Equally as charming is the way fairy magic has been modernized with MagiCell messaging and a fairy facing her own trials and errors. The gentle storytelling and theme of finding oneself will resonate with girls gong through their own emotional awakenings.-Robyn Gioia, Bolles School, Ponte Vedra, FL

Kirkus Reviews
With her best friend moving away and her quirky parents embarrassing her to no end-their camper-van honks to the tune of the Hokey-Pokey-11-year-old Philippa Fisher wishes she had a fairy godmother to change everything about her. Overnight, a daisy she has plucked is transformed into a surly new girl in class, fairy-godsister Daisy French, who grants Philippa three wishes that prove to make her life even more unpleasant than it was. Kessler, author of the Emily Windsnap series, gives Daisy a winningly irascible temperament (indeed, like a put-upon older sister), bent on fulfilling her "assignment" as dictated by the higher-ups at ATC (Above the Clouds). While it is Daisy's job to show compassion for the mousy protagonist, Philippa needs to learn that she never had it so good before she turned her free-spirited, affectionate parents into goal-driven, homework-mad conventional drones. Told in the alternating voices of Philippa and Daisy, the tale unfolds with an appealing mixture of tenderness and irony. (Fantasy. 8-12)\

Product Details

Candlewick Press
Publication date:
Philippa Fisher Series , #1
Product dimensions:
7.94(w) x 5.28(h) x 0.91(d)
590L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Read an Excerpt

Sunday morning began with the awful realization that I’d made the biggest mistake of my life.

It had all started on Saturday. The weekend began like any other. Mom and Dad were rushing around packing puppets and balloons and facepaints into the van for a party in the afternoon. There’s nearly always one going on somewhere on Saturdays. They’re party entertainers; the weekends are their busiest time. I used to go along to the parties, but then I -- well, I just don’t anymore.

Birthdays, anniversaries, passing your piano exam -- anything you want to celebrate, they’ll be there singing, pulling rabbits out of hats, throwingpies at your big brother. Whatever it takes to make you smile.

Everyone thinks it must be great to have them as my parents. They think my home life must be a nonstop party. Um. Not quite.

It used to be fun, I suppose. When I was young enough not to get bored with making dogs out of balloons every week; when I actually liked beingdriven around in a bright yellow VW camper with pictures of clowns and jesters and rabbits on the side; when I didn’t know that there was any such thing as a problem that couldn’t be sorted out with tickle therapy. I used to think that my parents were the most incredible human beings on the planet.

Now I just think they’re embarrassing.

This Saturday I didn’t mind, though. I hardly even noticed them. I was busy putting the final touches on a present that I was making for my bestfriend, Charlotte.

"Philippa, we’re going now!" Mom called up the stairs.

"OK," I shouted back.

"There’s tofu rolls and veggie burgers for you and Charlotte."

I rolled my eyes. Once, just once, it might be nice to have something normal like grilled cheese or fish fingers for lunch.

"Great!" I replied, hoping I sounded more sincere than I felt.

I looked up as my bedroom door opened. It was Dad. He had a bright orange sun painted on one cheek and a black night sky with a crescent moon on the other.

"Which hand’s the penny in?" he asked, grinning widely as he held his palms out.

I pointed to the penny in his left hand. "That one."

"Are you sure?" Dad winked. Then he closed his hands, shook them, got me to blow on them, and then -- presto -- the penny had disappeared. It was a good trick. It was probably even better if you hadn’t already seen it approximately three times a week for eleven and a half years, and if you didn’t already know how to do it yourself.

Still, I’d never say anything. It would only upset him, and I did secretly enjoy his magic. I liked it when he showed me how to do a new trick. I’d go away and practice it for days afterward. Not that I’d ever do it in front of anyone except Charlotte. Just the thought of performing made me tremble. I’d never do that again.

"Neat," I said, smiling.

Closing his hands again, Dad reached forward, tickled my ear and opened his palms. "Hey, look where I found it! It was in your ear the whole time," he said. "Now why didn’t you tell me?"

I kept smiling. "They’ll love you, Dad," I said.

He leaned over to kiss the top of my head. "Be good, sunshine," he said before leaving me and bounding downstairs to join Mom.

I watched the van drive to the end of the road, and then I got back to the friendship bracelet I was making for Charlotte.

Charlotte had been my best friend since the first day of school. We had even been in preschool together, so we’d known each other for nearly seven years -- and this weekend she was moving away. Her parents had bought a farm hundreds of miles away. They were "getting back to nature." All homegrown food and solar panels and no phone or TV. They weren’t even going to have a computer, and it was so completely in the middle of nowhere that they probably wouldn’t even have cell phonereception. They might as well have been leaving the planet.

They were really excited about going, though. Even Charlotte. All I knew was that it felt as if someone were about to chop off one of my limbs.That’s how close we were. Charlotte said she felt the same way, but I knew she was looking forward to her new life, too. She was going to have a pony of her own, and her parents said they’d get a dog and chickens. I was happy for her. Really, I was. But how was I ever going to be happy without her around?

The friendship bracelet! She’d be here any minute. I wiped my eyes and got back to work. It was a really complicated pattern in turquoise, pink, and purple: all her favorite colors.

I’d just threaded the last piece of cotton into place when the doorbell rang. That’s the last time she’ll walk over to my house, a heavy voice said in my mind.

I looked in the mirror, wiped my eyes again, and practiced smiling. Don’t think about it. Don’t let her see how sad you are; don’t make it hard for her, I said to my reflection.

Meet the Author

Liz Kessler is the author of three NEW YORK TIMES best-selling books about the half-mermaid, half-human Emily Windsnap. She lives in Cheshire, England.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever! This is the third book that I¿ve read written by Liz Kessler. It¿s fantastic! This wonderful story takes place in the backyard of the main character, Philippa. She is a miserable fifth grade girl who can¿t fit in until she finds a very special daisy. This daisy helps her cope with her best friend moving. She discovers this daisy when picking daisies with her best friend to make a daisy chain.
This book switches points of view between Philippa and the fairy. This book is not only entertaining, but it can help solve problems too. Some of these problems include being afraid to go up on stage for a talent show, having best friend problems, or even just being you! This book is very similar to most girls¿ lives.
What will Philippa use her three wishes for? That¿s for me to know and you to find out! I think this book is appropriate for ages 9 - 12.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think Philippa Fisher's Fairy Godsister, was a thrilling adventure that takes place in the present, but it doesn't really talk about where it is or what the plot looks like. The main characters in this story (Philippa, Daisy) are nice (except for Daisy in the begging). The whole theme of the story is that Philippa's best friend moved to another state and they can't stay in contact with eachother. So a fairy named Daisy has to cheer her up and give her 3 wishes. But on the way they run into a couple of situations. I think i related to the book in many ways. One way is text to self because my best friend moved just like hers. another one is text to text because i have read a book that has faries in it. This book was a very good book and i recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is the best book EVER!!!!! I gave it to one of my friends and she loved it. I would recommend it to anyone even for older adults. It has coming to gether friendship. It also has a mystery that keeps you really wanting to read more and more. I hope you enjoy this awesome book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 2nd grade and I LOVED IT!! Now I am recomending this book all of my friends and each one of them LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I liked Emily Windsnap but this series is much bettter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a good book! It teaches you the importance of family and responsiblity! P.S. I did not get my copy of this book on my nook. I bought it at a local bookstore
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and it is amazing. It is basically about a girl who needs help and with the guidance of her fairy godsister she can acommpish things with the power of friendship and loyalty she can do incredible things with her talent and being herself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An ordinary girl with extremely crazy parents named Philippa is making a daisy chain for her BFF when she discovers a new secret. It is just a daisy but surprisingly so different from all the others! And without even noticing, this Daisy has made her life change, because this Daisy can switch her character into being a human! This book is extremely good! I would highly recommend you to read it! This book is really good for girls (or maybe also boys) who like Fantasy mixed with realistic fiction stories. We loved this book, because it always keeps you reading and laughing out loud!
Bob Watkins More than 1 year ago
this is a very interesting book that keeps you balancing on your seat but u r still comfortable. i read the other books and this book is a good way to start off daisy and phillipa's adventures! read it or u will regret it. get it or regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Philippa Fisher's Fairy Godsister was a very exhiting book. It kept you turning the page. The characters in this book, (Philippa, Daisy,ect.) were very nice (exept for Daisy at the beggining). The whole concept about this story is that there is a 11 year old girl named Philippa. Her best friend moved and she can't keep in contact with her. So a fairy named Daisy has to go cheer her up and give her 3 wishes (though she wasn't to thrilled about it). Along the 2 weeks that Daisy is here, they run into a few situations. If you want to learn more about the book, then read the book! It is a great book, i recomend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some may think that this book is hard to keep up with but I beg to differ. Although the book carries 2 stories in the end everything comes together and the stories ends up great!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really thought this book is great! It can see that alot of girls can relate to this book. I really enjoyed it. I think also that it has fairy godmothers in a new way! What will Phillipia wish for well you can find out by reading this book. I recamend it for 8-12. I also think this great for parents that are looking for something to read to 6-8 children
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book not on my nook but my school library. I am at the part where Philipa wishes her parents are normal. I have my head in this book every day for at leasr an hour. GREEEEEEAAAAATTTTTT BOOOOOK
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second series I've read by Liz Kessler. It is a good book because I think it kind of teaches you about friendship and how like if a friend is not there it doesn't mean you cant make new friends because it would just makes you feel more misreble if you didn't have any friends at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like this book you' ll probably like the emily windsnap series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!! Great read! But i do agree, the Emily Windsnap books are so way better. Read phillipa, but u MUST READ EMILY WINDSNAP!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not good but not bad emily windsnap is better :)! Shona!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a great book but not as good as emily windsnap make a 5th emily windsnap book PLZ!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want a book about friends, learning to bee brave and stand up for your self I recommendbthis book!
Merfairy613 More than 1 year ago
Was OK. Not as good as her "Emily Windsnap" Series though
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daisy is THE COOLEST fairy that I know!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.I couldn't put it down.Philippa Fisher's Fairy Godsister is my FAVORITE book! I recomend this book to ANYONE who is interested. <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I already love the book and im only on like the 4th chapter!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love this book have hardcover but this book is good i love fairy tales read emily windsnap books by the same author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love love love this book its so good u really should read this