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Seven Wild Sisters: A Modern Fairy Tale
     

Seven Wild Sisters: A Modern Fairy Tale

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by Charles de Lint, Charles Vess (Illustrator)
 

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This full-color, illustrated companion novel to The Cats of Tanglewood Forest includes "beautiful bookmaking, lovely storytelling, and wondrous illustrations....Readers will be enchanted" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). This captivating adventure from two masters of modern fantasy is a story of magic, family, and the power in believing in

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This full-color, illustrated companion novel to The Cats of Tanglewood Forest includes "beautiful bookmaking, lovely storytelling, and wondrous illustrations....Readers will be enchanted" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). This captivating adventure from two masters of modern fantasy is a story of magic, family, and the power in believing in both.

Sarah Jane has always wanted to meet a fairy, but she has no idea that the tiny wounded man she discovers in the Tanglewood Forest is about to ensnare her in a longtime war between rival magical clans. When her six sisters are kidnapped and split up by the opposing sides, she'll need the help of several friends—from the reclusive Aunt Lillian to the mysterious Apple Tree Man—to bring them home. But if they don't untangle themselves from the feud quickly, they could all be trapped in the fairy world forever. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly noted "the lyrical narrative blends a contemporary setting with a fairy tale that might have been plucked from a distinctly different time and place."

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Publishers Weekly
★ 02/10/2014
In this lovely sequel to The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, the earlier story's heroine, Lillian, now elderly, still lives in a simple house in a secluded hollow, up in the hills. Strong-willed Sarah Jane lives with her mother and six feisty sisters in the nearest town, but she loves the woods and soon befriends Lillian, who is full of wondrous stories about the local fairies. When Sarah Jane saves the life of a tiny ‘sangman (ginseng fairy) struck by many tiny arrows, she enters into her own fairy story. The ‘sangmen, it seems, are at war with the bee fairies, and the two hostile fairy tribes soon take Sarah Jane's sisters hostage, hoping to trade them for the tiny man. Vess's illustrations are gracefully in sync with the storyline, and de Lint fleshes out both major and minor human characters, as well as mythical creatures like Lillian's fairy love, the Apple Tree Man. The lyrical narrative blends a contemporary setting with a fairy tale that might have been plucked from a distinctly different time and place. Ages 8–12. Agent: Russ Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency, Inc. (Feb.)
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* "Beautiful bookmaking, lovely storytelling, and wondrous illustrations....readers will be enchanted."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "The lyrical narrative blends a contemporary setting with a fairy tale that might have been plucked from a distinctly different time and place."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "[A] delicious companion novel."—School Library Journal, starred review"

There is an elegance and thoughtfulness to both the text and accompanying illustrations.... Folktale and fairy tale fans who are seeking a longer adventure into which to settle will find this a perfect fit."—The Bulletin

Children's Literature - Janice DeLong
Although Sarah Jane Dillard has always wanted to meet a fairy, she thinks again after she discovers the wounded “sangman” and finds herself in the cross hairs of a fairy feud. Sarah Jane has always, or at least for several years, believed that her next door neighbor, Aunt Lillian, is lonely back in the hills, but that is before the eleven-year-old meets the Apple Tree man. Sarah has never wanted to find herself in danger and having to make the choice between which of her six sisters she can rescue, and which may be lost to the fairy world, forever. De Lint and Vess, award-winners, both, team up to bring a masterpiece of fantasy to both the eye and the mind. Characterization and setting are well drawn, and the tension between wanting the security of family and the pull of adventure makes each page a delight to turn. This sequel to The Cats of Tanglewood Forest will not disappoint fans that already know the De Lint-Vess team and will make enthusiasts of new readers. This title is highly recommended for middle and secondary school as well as public libraries. Reviewer: Janice DeLong; Ages 8 to 12.
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-12-24
Beautiful bookmaking, lovely storytelling and wondrous illustrations make for a splendid sequel-of-sorts to The Cats of Tanglewood Forest (2013). The little girl of the earlier tale is now "Aunt" Lillian, a woman in her 80s who lives alone and who fascinates young Sarah Jane Dillard, the middle of seven red-haired sisters. Sarah Jane tells parts of the story in the first person, while her sisters (two sets of twins and two singletons) figure in third-person sections woven in and around Sarah Jane's account. Harvesting ginseng, or 'sang, for Aunt Lillian by herself for the first time, Sarah Jane finds an injured 'sangman. By helping him, she angers the bee fairies who had attacked him. Aunt Lillian enlists the aid of the Apple Tree Man to negotiate in the Otherworld but not before all of the sisters become entangled in the fight on one side or another. The skills of the sisters—Adie at action; Laurel and Bess at music; Elsie at observation; and Ruth and Grace at raising hell—all play into the resolution, although not without a bit of eldritch assistance. The language is as pretty on the page as it is in the speaking, with rich echoes of fantasy tropes. The story and the art are reworked from a limited edition of some time ago, described by Vess in an artist's note. There is a promise of more stories at the ever-so-satisfying end, which comes with the tiniest hint of romance past and future—readers will be enchanted. (Fantasy. 8-12)
School Library Journal
★ 04/01/2014
Gr 3–7—The girl from The Cats of Tanglewood Forest (Little, Brown, 2013) returns as elderly and reclusive Aunt Lillian. This delicious companion novel, set many decades after the first story, features Sarah Jane Dillard (the middle daughter in a family of seven redheaded sisters), who befriends Aunt Lillian and unwittingly gets involved in the fairy world. Sarah Jane tells her parts of the story in first person, while her sisters (two sets of twins and two singletons) weave theirs in third person. When Sarah Jane stumbles upon an injured spirit called a "sangman" and assists him, she angers the bee fairies, who have a longstanding feud with the sangman. Aunt Lillian has always told Sarah Jane stories about fairies and the Apple Tree Man, so she is the one Sarah Jane turns to for help. Soon Sarah Jane's sisters are kidnapped, half by the bee fairies and the other half by the sangmen. Aunt Lillian and Sarah Jane attempt to rescue the girls before they are killed or trapped in the fairy world forever. The sisters each have distinct skills and personalities, which de Lint develops marvelously. In an artist's note, Vess informs readers that his novel was previously published in a limited edition with black-and-white pen-and-ink drawings. Here he has added 26 new illustrations, which are beautifully colored with sepia tones and carefully applied color. After a satisfying conclusion, hints are made that more stories will be forthcoming, possibly with a love interest for Sarah Jane.—Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316053563
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
02/04/2014
Series:
Newford Series
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,369,461
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
870L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

CHARLES DE LINT is the much beloved author of more than seventy adult, young adult, and children's books, including The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, The Blue Girl, The Painted Boy, and Under My Skin. Well-known throughout fantasy and science-fiction circles as one of the trailblazers of the modern fantasy genre, he is the recipient of the World Fantasy, White Pine, Crawford, and Aurora awards. De Lint is a poet, songwriter, performer, and folklorist, and he writes a monthly book-review column for the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. He shares his home in Ottawa, Canada, with his wife, MaryAnn Harris.

CHARLES VESS is a world-renowned artist and a three-time winner of the World Fantasy Award, among several others. His work has appeared in magazines, comic books, and novels, including The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales, Peter Pan, The Book of Ballads, and Stardust, written by Neil Gaiman and made into an acclaimed film by Paramount Pictures in 2007. Vess has also illustrated two picture books with Gaiman, Instructions and Blueberry Girl, that were New York Times bestsellers. His art has been featured in several gallery and museum exhibitions across the United States as well as in Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and Italy. He lives on a small farm and works from his studio, Green Man Press, in southwest Virginia.

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Seven Wild Sisters: A Modern Fairy Tale 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite Charles De Lint has given the world of childhood readers an enchanting and enticing work of folklore. In Seven Wild Sisters, Sarah Jane and her six sisters moved to the hills following the death of their father. Sarah is a child who endures the classroom so that she can be set free to roam the hills, hoping to find Aunt Lillian so that she can learn about life in a more meaningful way. Aunt Lillian is a charming woman who finds the little things in life the most enjoyable and she revels in the opportunity to teach Sarah about life's wonders. One of those wonders involves the tales Aunt Lillian tells about fairies and Tree Men. The illustrations in the book are charming and they captivate the child reader as s/he becomes more and more engrossed in a world of magic and confusion. There is a strong message of loyalty and compassion in Seven Wild Sisters that cannot help but be noticed by young readers. The character of Sarah Jane is marvelous and Aunt Lillian is absolutely captivating as she goes about attempting to teach a younger generation about imagination, trust, risk-taking, and another kind of world. De Lint is a classic story-teller. He uses language which prompts the child reader to ask inner questions as well as to question what is considered the norm for time, place, and behavior. The book begs the question: Will you take a chance on knowing life in another way or will you remain safe in a knowable world. The book allows young readers to explore both paths and still come out a winner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Seven Wild Sisters' is a marvelous and magical short story that takes place north of Newford. (For Newford fans, this wonderful city is mentioned through one of its art galleries.) It can be found in about the last two hundred pages of 'Tapping the Dream Tree,' for those of you who wish to read it and are having difficulty in finding it. It's sequel is 'Circle of Cats,' taking place before 'Seven Wild Sisters' does, focusing on Aunt Lillian and her Apple Tree Man.