Prepare to be swept away to a land unlike any other, with a cast of friends you'll have for life. A charming modern fairytale with crossover appeal, full of 'oddments, wisdom and joy' (Holly Black)
September is a twelve-year-old girl, Somewhat Grown and Somewhat Heartless, and she longs for adventure. So when a Green Wind and a Leopard of Little Breezes invite her to Fairyland - well, of course, she accepts (mightn't you?). When she gets there, she finds a land crushed by the iron rule of a villainous Marquess - she soon discovers that she alone holds the key to restoring order.
As September forges her way through Fairyland, with a book-loving dragon and a boy named Saturday by her side, she makes many friends and mistakes. But while she loses her shadow, her shoe and her way, she finds adventure, courage, a rather special Spoon, and a lot more besides . . .
A glorious balancing act between modernism and the Victorian Fairy Tale, done with heart and wisdom.
An Alice in Wonderland for the 21st century... So effortless, so vivid, so funny. Every page has a phrase or observation to savour and her characters are wondrous creations. - Sunday Telegraph
A charming modern fairytale...with a knowing twinkle in its eye - Telegraph
Bundles of imagination and wry wit... This is a sophisticated world of forfeits, paradoxes and tricks. - Financial Times
A mad, toothsome romp of a fairy tale - full of oddments, whimsy, and joy.
If you haven't heard of Catherynne Valente, give it time. She's only 32, and she's writing at a furious pace. Valente brings fathomless inventiveness to her fiction... A book for young adults, rich and strange enough for grown-ups, too.
A whole esoteric world of whimsy - Alice meets the Wizard of Oz meets the Persephone story with a whiff of Narnia. - Independent on Sunday
...it is in fact one of the most extraordinary works of fantasy for adults or children so far this century. - Time
Catherynne M. Valente is a New York Times bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction. She is the author of The Orphan's Tales, In the Night Garden, Palimpsest (nominated for the Hugo Award and the Locus Award), and the bestselling The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, which won the Andre Norton Award for YA literature in 2011. Valente lives on a small island off the coast of Maine with her partner, two dogs, and one cat.