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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 friendsfrom the reclusive Aunt Lillian to the mysterious Apple Tree Manto 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."
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A nature lover's and folklore enthusiast's dream story. This is a short delightful book that is perfect for a summer afternoon. The artwork is stunning! Charles Vess's work holds a special place in my heart. The storytelling is as wonderful as you would expect from Charles De Lint. Seven gloriously red haired sisters live in the country in the Applachian part of Virginia. They're all very different from each other but deeply close knit. One of the middle daughters, Sarah Jane, develops a connection to an elderly neighbor that we met as a young girl in The Cats of Tanglewood Forest. Personally, I was the granddaughter of a feisty country girl with a lot of land. She knew all there was to know about the goings on taking place on her land. I can completely understand why Sarah Jane loved Aunt Lillian and her lifestyle so much. Aunt Lillian taught how to live off the land and all the local folklore. Sarah Jane believed in those stories when no one else did and those stories ended up proving themselves to be true. Highjinks ensue and everyone involved gets a new outlook on the world around them and on worlds hidden from view.
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!
'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.