Wings: A Fairy Tale

Wings: A Fairy Tale

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by E. D. Baker
     
 

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Tamisin has always been a little weird. Her freckles actually look more like sparkles and occasionally, she likes to dance under the full moon. Then one day, wings sprout from her back, and Tamisin learns that her parents adopted her from fairyland. Inspired by A Midsummer Nights Dream, this fairy tale will delight fans of The Tales of the Frog Princess and new

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Tamisin has always been a little weird. Her freckles actually look more like sparkles and occasionally, she likes to dance under the full moon. Then one day, wings sprout from her back, and Tamisin learns that her parents adopted her from fairyland. Inspired by A Midsummer Nights Dream, this fairy tale will delight fans of The Tales of the Frog Princess and new readers alike.

Editorial Reviews

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599908069
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
04/10/2011
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
695,791
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
10 Years

Meet the Author

E. D. Baker is the author of The Tales of the Frog Princess series, including The Frog Princess, which was in part the inspiration for a new Disney movie which will be released this fall (The Princess and the Frog). Baker is also the author of Wings: A Fairy Tale. She lives with her family and many pets in Maryland.

Visit www.edbakerbooks.com


E. D. Baker is the author of The Tales of the Frog Princess series, including The Frog Princess, which was in part the inspiration for a new Disney movie which will be released this fall (The Princess and the Frog). Baker is also the author of Wings: A Fairy Tale. She lives with her family and many pets in Maryland. Visit www.edbakerbooks.com

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Wings: A Fairy Tale 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 122 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luv luv luv luv luv luv luv luv luv this book it is 1 of the best books i have ever read wish there was more than 5 stars to rate by i would give it the highest amout of stars possible!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the story it was one of the best books I ever read. I think anybody who likes fairytales should read Wings.
QueenRose More than 1 year ago
I got this book is about a girl named Tamisan who is a little unusual. Then she finds out that she is a fairy and she is taken back to the fairy world by goblins. And she and a goblin named Jak fall in love with each other. It was good but when I was getting deeper into the book it was just boring. And I skipped to the ending and it seems like there is going to be a sequel. I got this for Christmas and I was so excited about reading it but the story was just boring and predictable. Its predictable because you know the main characters just fall in love with each other. Also you know right away that Tamisin is a fairy because the book kind of tells you right away. I think E.D. Baker could of done better than what she wrote. If you are starting to read books from her I would suggest reading the books from the Frog Princess Series its actually a good series and they are action packed and full of adventure and magic and not the same kind of happily ever after fairy tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a cute story but i felt like i've heard this story about a girl finding out she's Tania's long lost daughter a million times.It was a bit boring and cheesy. I kept on waiting for it to get good but it never got good.I thought it would have more fairies in it but mostly just had goblins.It was a cute story and I would recomend it to someone who likes this type of story and is really bored and has nothing to do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is amazing,i luv it ! anonymous april 6,2009, i don't know wat book u read, but the book i read waz insanely awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book i must have read thirty times everyone needs to read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LUV this book. Dont listen to the people who gave it 2 stars and said it was boring. I read it 3 times in a row and never got tired of it. I cant wait to read the sequel!! SO EXCITED!! I'm 11 and LUV this book!! I recommend it for ages 9 - 12 or 13, depending on their reading level. I totally recommend that you buy this book. Worth the $$! E.D. Baker ROCKS. I've read tons of books by her( or is it a he?) BUY THIS BOOK!!!! Luv, The Crazy Banana
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the sample and loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. Every one should totally read this book. I can not wait till the sequel comes bout tomorrow. Yehh so excited.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the story and it was nice to read but a lot of parts were really redictable and didn't always have that much surprise in it. Overall I did like the book but it was a little boring at times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What I like most about this book is that it is based off of my fav. Shakespear plays, A Midsummers Nights Dream.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wings is DEFINETLY one of the few books that i will never forget! It is a great book for young teens girls; all of my freinds loved it. I couldn't wait to read fairy lies!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book. Sure it is a real easy read but i like it. Tasmin is half fairy, not a little fairytale type of fairy, but a powerful, human like fairy. You will probably say that this book is stupid and it is exactly like a fairytale. Well it's not. It is a twisted version, blending reality with fantasy. If you enjoy these types of books then read it. And here is my advice if you are sort of interested, go ahead and read it. And don't judge a book by its cover or its synopsis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books ever! Reading is my life and this is one of the best books I've ever read, and that is saying something, seeing as how I've already read more books at age thirteen than most adult have read by age thirty-nine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked theconcept of the book girl being a fairy and all, but it might need a.little more action and i like stories in first person. Oh by the way i am 11 and i.dressed.up like.a fairy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok so like this was my FAV book i hope she writes a sequel to the curent sequel =p
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so good you will never belive what happens
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It is one of the best books ever! I love it!!! :) I cannot wait to read all of Fairy Lies!!!! This is the best series EVER!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have to read this amazing book if you now what is good for you!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the tales of the frig princess and wanted to read something else by this author Then, I read Wings and fell in love all over again A great book :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very goooooooooood book But I think it needs a little more action besides that its SSSUUUPPPEEERRR though it can be confusing in the middle. It,s also very funny at some points. Oh and theres another book to it I read it and it,s even better but you should get this book still!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought maybe the book would be kinda weird just by the title wings but... as i've learned not to judge a book by its cover. I gave the book a try liked it i can't say i loved it but it was then agan pretty good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a book with another world and different creatures who try to capture a girl who is a halfling and they try to use her against her mother you will find that out later.But it was the best book i ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is obviously your choice whether or not you read this book. I have been interested in reading this book for a while and i finally got the opportunity to read it. Just a word of advice.......dont skip through it. You have got to read the whole thing. Another word of advice........pay attention. Details are important to remember. I am still unsure on how much i like this book. I am happy that i got to read it finally though. Sometimes it is hard to follow especially when both people are keeping secrets but it is still a good fiction fairy tail. Just, Me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a book like this called Dragon kiss everyone should read it!It has two dragons in it and one is named Audun and another is named Millie and are in love!