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Summary: Summer is finally here and Beth Parish wants to spend it with her friends doing fun stuff. Instead, she is waiting at the window for Aunt Evelyn to come; dreading all of the questions. Can she last two weeks with her Aunt and her weird habits? Within hours Beth learns that "weird" is really "special," that she is special, too, and she quickly makes some new friends that are just like her. This adventure series for girls 7 and up offer stories of teamwork and a positive message.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, read aloud book, middle grade reader
Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 12; read yourself: 8 to 12
Young Reader Reaction: I really liked how the author wrote with ease and imagination and appreciated the words of wisdom that the Brownies read when they were rescuing the Feather of Hope. The story flowed which made it easy to follow and read. I think a lot of girls would like this book because a lot of young readers would love to dream about being a fairy with magical powers. Isn’t it every little girls fantasy to be a fairy that can fly?! Children feel they do not have a lot of power at times and this would allow them to pretend. I liked that the Fairies were the heroines in the story, not the Brownies (the males fairies). It had some positive hidden messages for young children and I liked the Fairy recipe and facts at the end of the book as well as the list of more Fairy Chronicle stories to read. I disliked some of the stereotypes. The Brownies were often seen getting into mischief or on prank restrictions. The appropriate readers would be between third to fifth grades. This book could be bought as a gift.
Adult Reader Reaction: This may be for young girls, but it is fun to read. If you're not using it as a bedtime story, you can easily share it in an afternoon. Although you can read it any time of year, it will be particularly enjoyable in the summer. The recipe and pages of facts at the end are a nice touch.
Pros: This is a wholesome, fun story that draws on a young girl's imagination and leaves her with a chance to make her own magic. The illustrations will make it very attractive for young readers who are not quite ready to give up on books with pictures just yet.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. The stories are wholesome, fun, and will likely be read multiple times.
Educational Themes: The story offers life lessons in friendshing, trying new things, and being careful about judging others! The "fairy" transformation and use of different natural things creates a view of the world that children can easily adapt to their own neighborhood and lives.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - adventure, fantasy, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: May 2007
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at bn.com (Barnes & Noble) and feedback at borders.com.