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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Much-in-Little (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472108108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472108104
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The strength of this fable for all ages lies its droll tone and witty moralising. It is also stuffed with extraordinary and indomitable female characters. (Financial Times)

Catherynne Valente has, with a minimum of fuss, written one of the great young-adult fantasy diptychs since Lewis Carroll. (Time Magazine)

One of the strongest fantasy novels for young readers I've had the pleasure of getting lost in...There's as much Phantom Tollbooth here as there is Narnia...Shot through with menace and heroism, [y]ou never know what's coming next in Fell Beneath. (Cory Doctorow)

Familiar and original storytelling... The rich prose oozes exotic, imaginative imagery. Juan's black-and-white spot art highlights September's questing. Heartless September sprouts a heart during this remarkable, awesome journey. (Kirkus (starred review))

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Let the Revels begin! September returns to Fairyland after her first bestselling, breathtaking adventure there. The second in a series that seems destined to become a modern classic, from a multi-award-winning author.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Moore TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Feb. 2013
Format: Paperback
Another great cover, and another long title! `The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There` follows on from `The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making`, which I reviewed last year. It's probably not necessary to read the 1st, if you've picked up this one, but it would certainly add to the experience, so I would recommend going back if possible.

Both books are quite difficult to describe, and I don't think my reviews do them justice. They are, in essence, wonderful fairy stories, with some very imaginative creatures and characters. Catherynne's style is very lyrical, and no matter what strange thing she is describing, the words seem to flow from the page.

Most of the important characters from her earlier adventure are there, but are not themselves. In the world under Fairlyland, she meets their shadows, almost the same, but with differences - some subtle, some not so subtle. Her own shadow, taken from her during that first adventure, is in charge, and September feels that things are not right, and it's up to her to put it right.

Amongst the strangeness and magic, there are serious themes and truths, and this felt like a more grown up book than the 1st. September is now a young teenager, and throughout her adventure, she somehow manages to go through those usual teen thoughts and situations, including learning to think about others, her plans for her future, and her first kiss.

I don't see these books mentioned enough, and I think they have the potential to be future classics - younger readers will enjoy the magical strangeness, whilst those a little older will start to see a little deeper. There are many layers, and I'm sure I will find more on re-reading.

Recommended for readers of all ages who enjoy falling into a book and getting lost there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Feb. 2014
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Going to a magical world always has one big letdown: going home. Returning to the world of the mundane just feels like a letdown after epic magical adventures.

So you can guess what happens in "The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There," Catherynne Valente's exquisite second novel about the adventures of a little girl named September. Valente's writing is as whimsical and lush as ever, bringing us back into an eccentric fantasyland that Lewis Caroll would be richly jealous of.

A year has passed since September's return, and she's been patiently waiting for the Green Wind. But when she manages to return, she finds herself in a very different part of Fairyland, far from her old friends -- and she learns that something is terribly wrong. Shadows are being stolen away into Fairyland Below, and no one knows exactly why.

Realizing that her own lost shadow is connected to this, September sets out to reclaim all the lost shadows from "Halloween, the Hollow Queen, Princess of Doing What You Please, and Night's Best Girl." Accompanied by the shadow of A-Through-L, she ventures into the mysterious land of tea, parties, goblins, minotaurs, dodos and the Weeping Eel. But soon September finds that she isn't the only one who has been pulled into Fairyland...

Catherynne Valente's first children's book was one of the best fantasy books of that year -- it was witty, whimsical and quirky. "The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There" has the same brand of charm, but Valente deepens the story slightly as she explores some of her heroine's more elusive desires. She's growing up, little by little.
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This review was first published on my blog http://teachermoloneyking.com/2013/06/the-girl-who-fell-beneath-fairyland-and.html

Valente has managed to write another luscious and word-candied book. Our hero falls into fairyland beneath and she joins with her old pals to go questing. Fairyland beneath is full of shadows and as shadows have all the magic, well it's a pretty fun place to be. But Septemberis more concerned with restoring both fairylands to have they should be.

There is whimsy to be enjoyed, kisses to be stolen, and princes to be found. It takes time to read this book as there is a lot of detail and layers. Take your time and enjoy it. Valente has given you a book that can be reread and read aloud to others.

This is a detailed, jewelled romp into a new myth that can be read by both young and old. This book will be stored along with my treasured books.

Many thanks to Saskia Angenent at Constable & Robinson for the beautiful review copy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By andreia on 8 July 2013
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Catherynne m valente has made a magic masterpiece. I hope the third one comes out soon. Really emotional and I really like d it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dmajam on 21 Aug. 2013
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I bought this for my 9 year old grandchildren.
The three of them read it in turn, all said they enjoyed reading it.
I recommend this nice little book.
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By Natanya on 9 Dec. 2013
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It took me a while to get into this book but I have now read all of Catherynne M. Valente's Fairyland books. Weird and wonderful and you fall in love with the characters and their magical world!
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By A L Stevenson on 30 Oct. 2013
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What a great book. I have read the first one as well and I have really enjoyed both of them very much.

Andy
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