Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies (The Guardians Series #3)

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Beware a tooth fairy queen scorned in this, the third chapter book of Academy Award winner William Joyce’s The Guardians series. There’s a lot more to this tooth-swiping sprite than meets the eye!

When last we heard, the Guardians were resting easy with the knowledge that the children of Santoff Clausen were finally safe from Pitch’s dastardly plans.

But is it all a ruse, a scheme, a lull the evil Nightmare ...

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Overview

Beware a tooth fairy queen scorned in this, the third chapter book of Academy Award winner William Joyce’s The Guardians series. There’s a lot more to this tooth-swiping sprite than meets the eye!

When last we heard, the Guardians were resting easy with the knowledge that the children of Santoff Clausen were finally safe from Pitch’s dastardly plans.

But is it all a ruse, a scheme, a lull the evil Nightmare King has deviously concocted?

Whatever Pitch’s plans, what he doesn’t know is that there’s a new Guardian in town, and she’s not the type to forget old grudges. Actually, she’s not the type to forget anything—because this Guardian is none other than Toothiana, the Tooth Fairy herself. She’s fierce and fast and crossing her will lead to a multitude of troubles. And, it turns out that, well, all those teeth she has been collecting? They contain memories. The forgotten memories of childhood… including the memories of how to fly. Young Katherine is hopeful that these memories might help her to remember her parents. The Guardians hope they’ll offer even further protection from Pitch.

You can see how this information would be invaluable to our heroes. But it could also be invaluable to Pitch

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442430525
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Series: William Joyce's Guardians Series , #3
  • Pages: 226
  • Sales rank: 107,236
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

William Joyce

William Joyce does a lot of stuff—films, apps, Olympic curling—but children’s books are his true bailiwick (The Numberlys, The Man in the Moon, Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, Toothiana, and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which is also an Academy Award–winning short film, to name a few). He lives with his family in Shreveport, Louisiana.

William Joyce does a lot of stuff—films, apps, Olympic curling—but children’s books are his true bailiwick (The Numberlys, The Man in the Moon, Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, Toothiana, and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which is also an Academy Award–winning short film, to name a few). He lives with his family in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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CHAPTER ONE

The Changes That Come with Peace

WILLIAM THE ABSOLUTE YOUNGEST galloped through the enchanted village of Santoff Claussen on the back of a large Warrior Egg, a gift from E. Aster Bunnymund. “I can’t stop or I’ll be scrambled!” he shouted over his shoulder to his friend Fog. In this new game of Warrior Egg tag, to be scrambled meant you had been caught by the opposing egg team and therefore, had lost a point.

Sascha and her brother, Petter, were in hot pursuit, riding Warrior Eggs of their own. The matchstick-thin legs of the mechanical eggs moved so fast, they were a blur.

“Comin’ in for the scramble shot!” Petter warned. His long tag pole, with the egg-shaped tip, was inches away from Sascha.

“Eat my yolk,” Sascha said with a triumphant laugh. She pushed a button, and suddenly, her Warrior Egg sprouted wings. She flew over the others, reaching the finish line first.

William the Absolute Youngest slowed to a trot. “Wings!” he grumbled. “They aren’t even in the rules!”

“I invented them yesterday,” said Sascha. “There’s nothing in the rules that says you can’t use ’em.”

Soon Sascha was helping the youngest William construct his own set of eggbot wings. She liked the youngest William. He always tried to act older, and she appreciated his determination and spirit. Petter and Fog, feeling wild and industrious, catapulted themselves to the hollow of a tall tree where they had erected a hideout devoted to solving ancient mysteries, such as: why was there such a thing as bedtime, and what could they do to eliminate it forever?

Across the clearing, in a tree house perched high in the branches of Big Root—the tree at the center of the village—their friend Katherine contently watched the children play.

The air shimmered with their happy laughter. Many months had passed since the battle at the Earth’s core during which Pitch, the Nightmare King, had been soundly defeated by Katherine and the other Guardians: Ombric, the wizard; his apprentice, Nicholas St. North; their friend Nightlight; and their newest ally, the Pookan rabbit known as E. Aster Bunnymund. Pitch, who had hungered for the dreams of innocent children and longed to replace them with nightmares, had vowed with his Fearlings to make all the children of Earth live in terror. But since the great battle, he had not been seen or heard from, and Katherine was beginning to hope that Pitch had been vanquished forever.

As for Katherine and her battle mates, their lives were forever changed. The Man in the Moon himself had given them the title of “Guardians.” They were heroes now, sworn to protect the children of not just Santoff Claussen, but the entire planet. They had defeated Pitch, and their greatest challenge at present was how to manage the peace. The “nightmare” of Pitch’s reign seemed to be over.

The other children of the village now filled their days with mischief and magic. Bunnymund, who could burrow through the Earth with astonishing speed, had created a series of tunnels for them, connecting the village with his home on Easter Island and with other amazing outposts around the world, and the children had become intrepid explorers. On any given day they might journey to the African savanna to visit the lions, cheetahs, and hippopotami—Ombric had taught them a number of animal languages, so they had numerous stories to hear and tell. Many of the creatures had already heard of their amazing adventures.

The children also regularly circled through Easter Island for the latest chocolate confection Bunnymund had invented, and could still be back in time for dinner and games with Bunnymund’s mechanical egg comrades. The eggs were once Bunnymund’s warriors; now they helped the children build all manner of interesting contraptions, from intricate egg-shaped puzzles where every piece was egg-shaped (a nearly impossible and frankly unexplainable feat) to egg-shaped submarines. But no matter where the children roamed or what they did to occupy their days, whenever they returned home to Santoff Claussen, it had never seemed so lovely to them.

As Katherine sat in her tree house, she put her arm around Kailash, her great Himalayan Snow Goose, and looked out on her beloved village. The forest that surrounded and protected Santoff Claussen had bloomed into a kind of eternal spring. The massive oaks and vines that had once formed an impenetrable wall against the outside world were thick with leaves of the deepest green. The huge, spear-size thorns that had once covered the vines grew pliant and blossomed with sweet-scented flowers.

Katherine loved the smell, and drew a deep breath of it. In the distance she could see Nicholas St. North walking with the beautiful, ephemeral Spirit of the Forest. She was more radiant now than ever before. Her gossamer robes were resplendent with blooms that shimmered like jewels. North was deep in conversation with her, so Katherine decided to investigate. She climbed on to Kailash’s back and flew down into the clearing, just in time to see William the Absolute Youngest try out the new wings with which he’d outfitted his Warrior Egg. He landed and trotted over to her.

“Want to race with us, Katherine?” he asked. He gave Kailash a scratch on her neck, and the goose honked a hello.

“I will later!” Katherine said, smiling. She waved to her friends and headed into the forest, realizing that it had been quite some time since any of the children had asked her to play, and an even longer time since she had accepted. In joining the world of the Guardians, she was in a strange new phase of her life—where she was neither child nor adult. As she watched the youngest William fly away with Sascha close behind him, she couldn’t help but feel a bit torn.

Then she heard North’s hearty laugh and, underneath that, the more musical tones of the Spirit of the Forest. Katherine hurried toward them, thinking that it was hard to believe that when North first came to Santoff Claussen with his band of outlaws, it had been with the intent to steal its treasures. The Spirit of the Forest, the village’s last line of defense, had turned North’s crew of cutthroats and bandits into stone statues—hideous, hunched elves. But she had spared North, for he alone among them was pure of heart.

When Katherine caught up with the Spirit and North, they were standing in that most strange and eerie part of the forest—the place where North’s men stood frozen in time, like stones in a forgotten burial site. With the Spirit’s help, North was bringing his bandits back to human form.

As the Spirit touched the head of each statue, North repeated the same spell, “From flesh to stone and back again. To serve with honor, your one true friend.” And one by one they emerged from their frozen poses. To North’s great amusement, they hadn’t regained their size. They were still the same height as their stone selves—about two feet tall, with bulbous noses and high, childlike voices.

“Welcome back,” North called out, slapping each of the elfin men on the back.

The men stamped their little feet and waved their little arms to get their blood flowing again, and soon the children, drawn by North’s laughter, arrived. They were shocked; they often played among these small stone men, and now that they were moving—were alive, in fact—the children were most intrigued. Tall William, the first son of Old William, towered over them. Even the youngest William was overjoyed—at last he was taller than someone else.

While the children watched, the little men kneeled before North. They took on new names as they pledged to follow their former outlaw leader in a new life of goodness. Gregor of the Mighty Stink became Gregor of the Mighty Smile. Sergei the Terrible was now Sergei the Giggler, and so on.

It was an odd but auspicious moment, especially for North. He remembered his wild, unruly life as a bandit and the many dark deeds that he and these fellows had committed. He’d become a hero, a man of great learning, good humor, and some wisdom. So much had changed since that moment when he faced the temptation of the Spirit of the Forest, when he had rejected her promises of treasure and had chosen to save the children of Santoff Claussen.

North turned and looked at young Katherine. He felt the full weight of all they had been through. They had both changed. It was a change he did not fully understand, but he knew he was glad for it. For though these dwarfish fellows in front of him had once been his comrades in crime, North, in his heart, had been alone. But that was past. This was a different day. And through the friendship he now knew, he could change bad men to good and stone back to flesh.

North gently asked his old confederates to rise. They did so gladly.

Peace had indeed come.

Katherine took North’s hand, and together they welcomed these baffled little men to the world of Santoff Claussen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Good book.

    The next book has Jack Frost and Mother Nature in it.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    Toohina The Great!

    It was so exiting! I won't give anything away but...
    Well you'll have to read the book to find out!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    Mreereeeerererereeeeeeeree

    Nice! A strong girl carachter!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Sandy's book comes out Oct. 1st 2013

    It's gonna be epic! I love these books!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    This is the best book I have ever read!

    You should buy it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    Readers story part 4

    Jack sped as fast as he could to where he and Tracy had been attacked by the night-wolves. Tooth was right on his tail, saying, "Wait up!" Jack stopped in mid-air and turned around. Tooth caught up to him and asked, "Where are you going?! We're supposed to be looking for Tracy!" Jack sped off again, and Tooth started to follow him. Jack replied, "I thought if I could trace where the wolves came from, it would lead me to Pitch." He swallowed hard. "And Tracy." ----------------------------- Tracy kicked and screamed as Pitch threw her in a cage of brambles suspended over a lake of fire with demons flying around everywhere, laughing maniacally. She felt utterly hopeless. Jack was some monster roaming around doing who-knpws-what, she was captured by the Boogie Man, and worst of all, she was going to be in a lot of trouble when or if she got home. Meanwhile, Pitch was arguing with his dog. Tracy thought the dog looked familer. She suddenly realized why when she heard Pitch say, "You fool! You were supposed to bite the girl and make her seem like I was the only good guy! But she's afraid of me, too! You are the alpha male of my new night-wolves. You should have done better!" He gave the wolf a kick. Then a sickly smile grew on his face. "It doesn't matter, though. I was smart enough to have a backup plan. When Jack Frost and his silly Guardian friends try to save her, I can have the pleasure of watching them fall before me!"------------------------ Jack and Tooth sped along the skyline, until Jack pointed. "There." They landed in a forest clearing near Tracy's house. Jack started walking around and said, "Ok, um, look for anything that might help us find Tracy. Pawprints, broken branches-" "A trail of oh-so-convenient black sand pointing in this direction?" asked Tooth, pointing towards a deeper section of the forest. Jack turned and said, "Yeah, that works." They followed the trail to a deep cavern. Suddenly they ducked behind a stalagmite as they spoted Pitch and Tracy. Tracy was in a small cage. Tracy seems terrified of something, Jack thought. Pitch turned to the pertrified girl and said, "Enjoying your living nightmare? Don't worry, I'll let you out, when you witness the destruction of the Guardians!" And with that, Pitch launched into a maniacal laugh. TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK. NO BAD LANGUAGE PLEASE. FIRST ONE IS AT RISE OF GUARDIANS MOVIE NOVELIZATION. SECOND IS AT NICHOLAS ST NORTH AND THIRD IS AT BUNNYMUND BOTH BY WILLIAM JOYCE. NEXT AND FINAL ONE AT SANDMAN BY WILLIAM JOYCE.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Asome book

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    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    100%

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    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    TOOTH PALACE

    Where tooth and her fairys live/collect teeth.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2013

    This book is great...you can never tell what is going to happen

    This book is great...you can never tell what is going to happen until it happens..love the unpredictability!! Can wait to read the next one!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Favorite

    This book is my favorite out of the whole series. This has a wonderful story with unpredictable action and humor. It's awesome! So if you are smart (and I hope you are) get this book! But first get the first two books in the series, cause if you just buy this one you'll be lost on the whole story.
    - ichigo tachikawa

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    Question:

    How long are these books? Are they kid books about 10 chapters long or books with 200+ pages in them?
    Just wondering because they sound interesting. Oh, what age group would you put these books in?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Good

    Lacking some excitement, but still plenty to go around.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    perfect for the series

    I am reading the series to my son and we LOVE them! My only issue with this book is that it reads too quickly with only a bit over 100 pages the story doesn't have time to fully develop. Questions are very quickly answered, no real plot. Hoping the next story about Sandman will be longer!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 30, 2014

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