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Celia and the Fairies [Kindle Edition]

Karen McQuestion
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Book Description

When Celia Lovejoy's grandmother moves in with her family, she tells her granddaughter magical stories of fairies living in the woods behind the Lovejoy home. Ten-year-old Celia believes they are just that-stories-until the day she receives an unexpected visit from Mira, a real, live fairy. Mira needs a favor in a matter of the utmost importance. It seems that Celia's house and the adjoining woods are in danger of being demolished to make way for a new highway. The person behind this horrible plan? Vicky McClutchy, a spiteful woman who holds a childhood grudge against Celia's dad. Fairy magic can counteract this evil, but it will only work with Celia's help. Aided by neighborhood friend Paul, Celia begins a danger-filled quest that takes her out in the woods at night to face her greatest fears. This magical tale of a plucky girl combines an entertaining story with an underlying message about the power of ordinary kindness.


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About the Author

Karen McQuestion has had literary aspirations since the third grade, when her teacher read her short story out loud to the rest of the class as an example of a job well done. She has been writing ever since. She lives in Hartland, Wisconsin, with her husband and their three children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 256 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1449924999
  • Publisher: Two Lions (2 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003X4KCBC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,932 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Karen McQuestion is the bestselling author of books for all ages. Some of her titles include Hello Love, Life on Hold, The Long Way Home, and the Edgewood series. Her publishing story has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and the national NPR show The Story with Dick Gordon. She has also appeared on ABC's World News Now and America This Morning. McQuestion lives with her husband and kids in Hartland, Wisconsin.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect read for girls aged 7 -11 14 Sept. 2011
By S. A. Broadhurst VINE VOICE
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The life of a young girl called Celia is interworven with her grandmother's life, also called Celia, who has come to live with her grand-daughter and her family. Grandmother Celia begins to tell Celia about her childhood memories of her experiences with fairies and Celia,herself, begins to meet her own fairies.

I read this book myself, and I enjoyed it but I can also see my 9 year old daughter enjoying it too. She is too old for the Rainbow Fairies and this is the perfect book for her to read. I found myself loosing myself in the story and its fantasy world.

There are underlying themes of love, friendship and loyalty and these are important in the world today.

I would recommend it as a good book for girls aged 7-11 years and would be great to share in a class or between friends, a great book to read to children at bedtimes - i am sure they would have great dreams, dreaming about the fantasy world within.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Of Fairies, Flutes and Other Fantastical Stuff 11 Sept. 2011
By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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It's a fairy kinda thing. You'd have thought I'd have had enough of
them by now what with the infestation we experienced in The Wolf Cave
last Autumn about which I shared some thoughts in my recent review of
Signe Pike's entertaining book 'Faery Tale : One Woman's Search For
Enchantment In A Modern World' but here they are again, febrile and
all aflutter, to embroider yet another story of enchantment, adventure
and skullduggery, this time within the pages of Karen McQuestion's
fine novel 'Celia and The Fairies'. It is a simple but entertaining read.

Celia's Grandmother comes to stay and it is clear from the outset
that the old girl has more than a little prior knowledge of the tiny
folk and their wily ways. The dastardly Vicky McClutchy (move over
Cruella de Ville, you have competition!) has designs on taking over
Celia's parents' toy company by means unfair and foul and it falls
you our young heroine to save the day with help from her otherworldly
friends and a magic flute (move over Mozart!). Head-honcho fairy Mira
(an interfering and somewhat self-aggrandising sprite, so typical
of her kind) enlists the help of Celia to put the world to rights and
save the day. The plot is well-managed and easy to follow and passed
the "read-out-loud" test with flying colours. Little ones will love it.

I'm done with fairies for a while now; trolls may well be my next thing!

Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 24 Aug. 2011
By Thinker TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I read this in one evening, I am way above the target age range though!
This is about a little girl Celia and how when her Grammy comes to live with her family she is told about Fairies in the woods behind her house, her other family tell her not to listen. There is drama galore and it is written in a simplistic way because of the target age range. The book is not very long but longer than say the Rainbow Fairies books I guess. It is very well written and I recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fairy Tales 17 Jan. 2012
By Paul B TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I've always felt disappointed that there weren't enough actual fairies in fairy tales, it was all princesses and kings and queens. If fairies did appear, it was always the far too sugary tales of groups of fairies getting together and not the classic stories involving humans and fairies.

Celia and the Fairies fills that gap nicely and with an excellent modern take on the classic fairy story managed to impress both myself and my daughter.

My 7 year old is really in to her reading now and took to the book straight away. She was very impressed with the story and felt that she could relate to Celia, the girl who finds herself coming face-to-face with fairies once her grandmother comes to stay.

The story feels both modern and timeless at the same time, thanks to the back-story about Celia's father and his problems and the grandmother relating her own fairy experiences with Celia. It's well written and, though there are some difficult words, fairly straight-forward for an average 7-8 year old to read by themselves.

The other important aspect of this story is that it doesn't talk down to the audience or dumb the story down for younger readers. This may also be another reason why it seems so timeless.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 28 Oct. 2011
By Angela VINE VOICE
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The small girl to whom I read this story was quite young for it (at seven), but she was prepared to sit and listen and seemed to enjoy the first couple of chapters.

Then came a long passage where the grandma was telling her story and the lead character in the story kept interrupting her. This was annoying - both for me as the reader and for my seven-year-old who said "Why can't she just SHUT UP and listen?" Hmm. My sentiments, too.

The child was no longer interested after Chapter 4, so I continued the story myself and I can't say my opinion of it improved much. It was very "American" with very little of fairy 'softness' about it - the head fairy was a strident leader of a hierarchical fairy structure; the "baddie" had no redeaming features and the heroine was MUCH too nice, her only apparant failing being eavesdropping on her parents and treating them as if she was the adult and they the children.

I found it an unsattisfactory read with shallow, single-aspect characters. I'm sure this is not necessary in a children's book aimed at pre-teens. To my mind, if a child was old enough to read this for themselves, then complex characters and plots are certainly not beyond them.
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