This story is not about her.
This story is about Thalia, a young fairy with a love for stories and adventure, and a magical spell that she is determined to break. Thalia's quest to save herself (and her people) brings her face-to-face with experiences and people she never expected - including a lowly servant girl who was destined to lose a glass slipper at a ball and become queen.
Along the way, Thalia learns that love is stronger than fear, the right choices can change the world, and sometimes, all it takes to create a happy ending is the bravery (and brains!) to write it yourself.
"Thalia and the Wish" brings to light the unknown story of one of the most overlooked characters in fairy tale history: Cinderella's Fairy Godmother.
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About the Author
"Thalia and the Wish" is her first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It seems like we never can get enough of remakes. There are Disney movies, then sequels, then remakes of the movies, then versions for adults...it can get exhausting. And almost no other story has been "remade" as many times as Cinderella. Somehow, though, it seems like one side of the story has never been touched on: the backstory of Cinderella's fairy godmother. This juvenile fiction novel explores a possible retelling, and does it well. One of my friends posted about this book on Facebook, and I picked it up for my daughter, who is 9, and obsessed with fairies, princess, etc. From the Facebook post, I could see that the author was rather young, and this was her first novel. So I didn't expect the next Harry Potter or anything, but I figured the price was good, and I like to support young aspiring artists. So why not? I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. My daughter is not a huge reader, so we read it together, and it was a very charming story. It was engaging, and not as predictable as you might have expected, given it's a "retelling" of Cinderella. The characters are well-thought out and realistic, especially for a juvenile fantasy novel. It's a quick read at just over 60 pages, and the chapter sizes are small, so it's great for young kids who are ready for chapter books, but still need to feel like they are accomplishing something when they sit down to read. The writing style is a bit more formal and old-fashioned, which helps set the story, but it also means that it's not dumbed-down for kids. This can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your child. I think it's a good thing, but there may be some words you have to help younger kids with. My daughter and I actually quite enjoyed the book. All in all, it's a charming story, wholesome and classic with a modern twist that gives a little more agency to a female character that's been largely ignored. As I said, it's not the next Harry Potter, but it's definitely worth the read, especially if you have daughters in around 3rd-7th grade.
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite Have you ever wondered about Cinderella's fairy godmother? Who was she? Where did she come from? Was she really that old? No one it seems, until now, has felt compelled to write about the fairy godmother. She must have a story to tell, a fascinating tale that really has little to do with Cinderella and the Prince's Ball. Imagine a whole community of fairy godmothers, confined to their own village, barred from interacting with humans at all unless called upon. Imagine a curse placed on these fairies, a curse that lasts for centuries, until one fairy, by the name of Thalia, decides to make things right again, to free herself and her fellow fairies. This has always been Thalia's wish, her dream. And when Cinderella calls upon Thalia to help her attend the Prince's Ball, Thalia sees a way to set things right, to restore a balance in the world, a balance between humans and fairies. Sydney Marie Hughes' Thalia and the Wish: The Untold Story of Cinderella's Fairy Godmother is a fairy tale about fairy godmothers, based on one of the most popular fairy tales of all time, Cinderella. But this isn't Cinderella's story; it's Thalia's story, the story of Cinderella's fairy godmother. The author has written a charming story about fairy godmothers. The tone is relaxed and convincing, and the reader wants to take part in Thalia's quest to free the fairies and restore a balance. This is a delightful new twist on the Cinderella story, one that hasn't been told before, and perhaps should be told over and over again. Well done!