Small Persons with Wings

Small Persons with Wings

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by Ellen Booraem
     
 

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Ever since she was teased for believing in fairies, Mellie has adopted a strictly scientific and logical approach to life. But when her parents inherit her grandfather's inn, she learns that for generations, her family members have been fairy guardians. The fairies exchanged some of their powers for this protection but now they want their magic back. An evil temptress

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Ever since she was teased for believing in fairies, Mellie has adopted a strictly scientific and logical approach to life. But when her parents inherit her grandfather's inn, she learns that for generations, her family members have been fairy guardians. The fairies exchanged some of their powers for this protection but now they want their magic back. An evil temptress in disguise wants the magic too, and before she knows it, Mellie is turned into a frog, her grandfather is discovered alive, and her parents are trapped in an evil spell that only lets them see the truth (which can be awfully brutal). Thank goodness for Timmo—the cute boy next door—and Durindana, a fairy outcast, who help Mellie save the day and encourage her to loosen up her views on family, fairies, and friendship.

This is a hilarious, irreverent, and highly sarcastic take on fairies—who, by the way, just hate to be called fairies.

Editorial Reviews

Mary Quattlebaum
Familiar tropes get fresh, funny play in this sprightly tale.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
In a fairy story that's wistful, humorous, and clever, Booraem (The Unnameables) suggests that the real world—with its disappointments and failings—is still better than living with illusions. When five-year-old Mellie Turpin tells her kindergarten classmates that there's a fairy living in her bedroom, it leads the Parvi Pennati—a Small Person with Wings—–to move out in anger, as well as years of torment and bullying for Mellie. After her estranged grandfather dies and her family inherits an inn and moves, Mellie, now 13, hopes her life will turn around. Unfortunately, the inn is infested with Parvi, and Mellie's parents tell her the family has a thousand-year-old pact to provide a home for the creatures. Before long, Mellie is turned into a frog, a walking mannequin tries to take over the world, and a potential friend learns all about Mellie's previous humiliations. There are serious threads about bullying and alcoholism, and several flawed characters; as in life, many problems are never fully solved, just exchanged for new ones. The theme of making progress, rather than ignoring problems, is a strong one, gently presented. Ages 10–up. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—When 13-year-old Mellie Turpin was very young, her best friend was a three-inch-tall Small Person with Wings (or Parvi Pennati—but never call them fairies!) named Fidius. She hasn't seen Fidius since she was in kindergarten, but when her grandfather dies and leaves the family his Parvi-infested inn, she discovers that she's the latest in a long line of Turpins who provides sanctuary for the creatures in return for getting to keep a magical moonstone. They are having problems with their magic, so they want to release the Turpins from their contract and get the moonstone back but no one knows where it is. Mellie, matter-of-fact and slightly bad-tempered, narrates this hilarious tale of these enchanting, annoying little beings who sprinkle their speech with Latin and French phrases and are obsessed with appearances and enamored with high drama and style. Every character, human or Parvi, is drawn with singular care and humor, from the disgracefully clumsy Inepta to Mellie's patient, maybe-new-friend Timmo. Spells turn people into drooling frogs and irascible bonging clocks, the truth-seeing magic of the moonstone turns out to be something of a liability, and Mellie "grows into her grandeur" just in time to save the Parvi as well as her entire family. Readers will share the girl's irritated fondness for the ridiculous and lovable Parvi. A great choice for all who favor funny and intelligent fantasies with quirky characters and an unpredictable, fast-moving plot.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews

Whatever you do, don't call them fairies. They are Small Persons with Wings, and Mellie's family has the dubious distinction of an ancestral legacy (or curse) of obligation to the Small Persons. As long as the Turpin family holds the Gemmaluna, a magical moonstone that uncovers deception, they must provide a home to the Small Persons. What this means for Mellie is that when she and her parents move from Boston to her deceased grandfather's dumpy inn in a coastal village, they inherit an infestation of artifice-loving Small Persons—and that tribe is rife with discord. Take cranky, squabbling Small Persons, bohemian, sweetly ineffectual parents, a nosy neighbor who happens to be the chief of police and his scrawny, likable son, and Mellie's got her hands full. Booraem's debut,The Unnameables(2008), presented readers with an utterly original American fantasy, and this follow-up, though unrelated except in its examination of creativity, is equally fresh and distinctive. Frequently hysterical dialogue, a hugely sympathetic protagonist and a baroque concatenation of magics and counter-magics will keep readers glued to this smart, earthy and thoughtful tale.(Fantasy. 10-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142420546
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
02/16/2012
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
710,375
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Ellen Booraem, a native of Massachusetts, now lives in Downeast Maine. She is the author of The Unnameables (an ALA Best Book for Young Adults), Small Persons With Wings, and Texting the Underworld. All of Ellen's books have, among other awards, been picked as Best Books of the Year by Kirkus Reviews. In addition to being a writer, Ellen is also a mentor and a writing coach. She lives with a cat, a dog, and an artist in a house they (meaning the humans) built with their own hands.

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Small Persons With Wings 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recomend this book if you love fantasy and ficton!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would read the sample to any good book first; it just depends what you think. I'm buyin' the book anyway. It seemed really fantastic. And i'm only twelve. (4 stars because i haven't read the whole book :] )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
S¿ good- believe me, i thought this book was not for me but it was!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. I do not mind telling you that I am 46 years old and loved this book. It is made to be read by both adults and children it is a fun book to read together and enjoy the adventure as well as bring some truths to all. I highly reccomend this book to read and I guarntee you will not put it down until you are done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST BOOK EVER? I LIGET JUST FINISHED READING THIS BOOK! IT WAS SO GOOD! IF YOU ARE READINGVTHIS REVIEW YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK! IT IS SO AWESOME! <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just got this book the day befor ,and so far it is an awsome book. I can't wait too finsh it, but i'm going to be sad that the book will be over:(
Georgina Del Castillo More than 1 year ago
this was a real good book so far!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing .Ican read it agian & again .Every single time i read it i understand it more
Emilykchms14 More than 1 year ago
Very Suspenseful! I just finished this book, and I want to read it again! It was so suspenseful that I was on the edge of my seat, and kept reading and reading until the end. You have to read this book! The detail is so amazing I could imagine the events happening throughout my head. The suspense was unreal, that I kept re-reading the last couple of sentences in the book and it became more and more interesting every time. It was so detailed that I could imagine myself being there and imagine myself solving the problems. For example, when Jenna, the main character, went inside the lighthouse, and someone tapped on her shoulder, she didn&rsquo;t know who it was. I didn&rsquo;t know either and it gave me chills in my bones. Also, there were about 48 chapters in the book and were only about 7 pages per chapter. The setting would change every time there was a new chapter and the character would change as well. I had to keep reading to get back to that character&rsquo;s point of view, so that is what I did! It caught my interest to read more and more. The suspense was overwhelming at times and I was uncertain which events would happen next! Finally, I loved how the character&rsquo;s feelings and emotions were in the story. Their emotions caught my attention more than the third-person narrator speaking and explaining what was going on. It made it more suspenseful  when the characters felt scared or nervous because the story got into every detail on how they felt, and I could feel the suspense rising up. You should really read this book if you want a mystery, an action, a suspenseful, and a dramatic story at the same time! Enjoy reading! Emilykchms14
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very Suspenseful! I just finished this book, and I want to read it again! It was so suspenseful that I was on the edge of my seat, and kept reading and reading until the end. You have to read this book! The detail is so amazing I could imagine the events happening throughout my head. The suspense was unreal, that I kept rereading the last couple of sentences in the book and it became more and more interesting every time. It was so detailed that I could imagine myself being there and imagine myself solving the problems. For example, when Jenna, the main character, went inside the lighthouse, and someone tapped on her shoulder, she didn&rsquo;t know who it was. I didn&rsquo;t know either and it gave me chills in my bones. Also, there were about 48 chapters in the book and were only about 7 pages per chapter. The setting would change every time there was a new chapter and the character would change as well. I had to keep reading to get back to that character&rsquo;s point of view, so that is what I did! It caught my interest to read more and more. The suspense was overwhelming at times and I was uncertain which events would happen next! Finally, I loved how the character&rsquo;s feelings and emotions were in the story. Their emotions caught my attention more than the third person narrator speaking and explaining what was going on. It made it more suspenseful when the characters felt scared or nervous because the story got into every detail on how they felt, and I could feel the suspense rising up. You should really read this book if you want a mystery, an action, a suspenseful, and a dramatic story at the same time! Enjoy reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could someone please tell me weather its worth the money? Thanks a bunch! ~&euro;lla~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll be honest, when I read this book, I couldn't put it down. The characters are well developed and there were practically no cliches. Small Persons With Wings, however, was slightly immature; I had to take a break from it several times because it was so embarassing. If you have a little time on your hands, and you're looking for a light book, I would recommend this novel. ~The Brutally Honest Reviews
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Sounds good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS IS THE BEST EVER!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book my fav chacter is mellie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friends all say this is a really good book
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It is so good
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Lovely book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have this book in real life and i was just seeing if the nook shop had it. The cover is different tho.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate this book it bad. i had to read it for book club