Wings: A Fairy Tale

Wings: A Fairy Tale

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by E. D. Baker
     
 

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E.D. Baker takes Frog Princess fans into a new land, with hilarious contemporary characters encountering a timeless world of A Midsummer Night's Dream See more details below

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E.D. Baker takes Frog Princess fans into a new land, with hilarious contemporary characters encountering a timeless world of A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Children's Literature - Ashleigh Vanada
Tamisin always thought she was different than the other students at her school because of her pointy ears, sparkling freckles, and ability to see goblins. When she sprouts wings, her suspicions are confirmed. Plying her parents for information, Tamisin learns that she was adopted. Then a handsome new kid at school named Jak befriends her, and she can tell he knows something. Jak is half-human and half-goblin, and he is on a mission to bring Tamisin back to his world. When she's attacked by dangerous goblins at Jak's house, Tamisin enters into that world, a place where fairies and goblins really exist—and they are after her. Tamisin and Jak travel through treacherous lands and meet fascinating characters who come to their aid when they need it the most. When she meets her real mother, the queen of the fairies, Tamisin's weird qualities begin to make sense while her love for her adopted, fully-human parents is realized. While the characters, imagery, and events are startlingly creative and unique to the fantasy genre, this modern-day fairy tale doesn't have persuasive transitions between Tamisin and Jak's differing perspectives. Oftentimes, a character's actions or words are forced to agree with the plot rather than the individual's personalities. The happily-ever-after ending fits well with the idea of a fairy tale, but leaves a lot of loose ends in the plot. Elementary and middle school children are more likely to find the story intriguing than are young adults. Reviewer: Ashleigh Vanada
School Library Journal

Gr 6-9

From the premise that Titania's night with the donkey-headed Bottom-as depicted in A Midsummer Night's Dream-resulted in a halfling child, Baker spins this modern fairy tale. Although she's used to being different, 15-year-old Tamasin is surprised when wings suddenly sprout from her back and her parents reveal that she was adopted. Meanwhile, in the land of the fey, Jak, another halfling, struggles to fit in with his goblin family. When his uncle sends him to the human world on a special mission to find and bring back a particular girl, he seizes the chance to prove himself. Jak meets Tamasin at school and invites her to a Halloween party. Together they fall through a gate and into the middle of a rebellion in the fairy world, pitting her birth mother, Titania, against his goblin uncle. Jak and Tamasin's friendship grows as they learn about one another and try to remain alive. Readers experience events from both teens' perspectives as the third-person narrative moves back and forth in time, alternating points of view. The author has left open the possibility of further adventures for Jak and Tamasin, but awkward transitions and far too many coincidentally helpful magic abilities make it hard to believe in this particular fairy world.-Kathleen Isaacs, Towson University, MD

Kirkus Reviews
There's the mortal world, and then there's the world of the fey-where they touch are doors that only the fey can use. When Tamisin was 11, she began seeing goblins on Halloween; as the goblins become aware that she has this ability, adventures ensue. Halflings in both worlds have a hard time and struggle with prejudicial treatment, which readers and Tamisin both learn as half-goblin and new-boy-at-school Jak's story unfolds. As Tamisin struggles with pointed ears and the sudden onset of wings growing out of her back, her origins become clear. Gradually the human world fades in importance as adventures in the world of the fey take over, with magical happenings closer to fairy tales than real life. Tamisin discovers her place in a world ruled by Titania, the Queen of the fairies, and she finds that Jak's halfling status brings them together to defeat the goblins' evil intent. This relinquishment of the real world is a loss, since 15-year-old Tamisin's friends and family are more compelling characters than the fey. For fairy fans only. (Fiction. 10-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599908069
Publisher:
BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING
Publication date:
04/10/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
217,538
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
10 Years

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