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The Fairy Rebel by Lynne Reid Banks

December 2nd, 2008 (07:19 pm)
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A spunky, diminutive fairy named Tiki is happily flying around with her best friend, Wijic the flower elf, when she accidentally brushes up against a human's toe. Uh-oh. You see, fairies are all around us all of the time, but they remain invisible until they touch us. Once Jan, the owner of the toe upon which Tiki sits, gets over the shock of seeing a fairy, she becomes rather curious, and the two become fast friends.

Jan's life has made her a very compassionate woman. She was a child actress, a real rising star, until she had an accident on a television set which led to a lengthy hospitalization and left Jan with a limp. Now all grown up and married to a doctor she loves, she is terribly sad because she is childless.

With her bright pink hair, furry purple wings, and stubborn streak, Tiki is a force to be reckoned with. She can change her clothes just by picturing an outfit and running her hands down her sides, and she often wears jeans even though they're against the fairy dress code. Jan delights in Tiki's antics and stories.

After Jan confides in Tiki that she wants to have a child more than anything, the daring little fairy decides she's going to help her human friend, no matter what it takes. To make Jan's wish come true, Tiki saves up her magic and defies the Fairy Queen, even if it means suffering from the wrath of the cruel Queen. Jan gives birth to a precious daughter, Bindi, a happy baby who grows into a delightful little girl. Though cared for deeply by her parents and a pink-haired pixie, Bindi may not be safe from the temptations and traps set up by the Fairy Queen.

Lynne Reid Banks, author of The Indian in the Cupboard series, has woven together a heartwarming and magical tale which has stood the test of time. I strongly, strongly recommend this book, especially to moms looking for something they can share with their daughters, either one-on-one or as part of a Mother-Daughter Book Club. The Fairy Rebel is the perfect gift for little girls around age 8. I give it to people of all ages who love stories with fairies.

Personal Note: Tiki and Tinker Bell are my favorite fictional fairies.

Related Booklists: Fairy Nice, Fantasy Novels for Kids and Teens

Comments

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: December 3rd, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)

i read this in fourth grade and loved it!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
believe

*grin*

Posted by: My characters kick your ass dot com (elfstar18)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2008 04:52 am (UTC)
I love savory better than sweet too, and this book taught me how to say that :P
kibarikarocksmysocks

LOVE this book. It was one of the first that had a "world" that I wanted to keep making up stories for after I'd finished it. (This one and "The Secret Language" I think. I made up fan fic before I knew what it was!) Tiki is such a great character, and I remember loving the fact that the story went on for so long, from before Bindi was born until she was a small child. I remember thinking as an eight-or-so year old that the book was very sophisticated. (I also remember thinking of the Fairy Queen when we read 1984 in high school. Silliness!)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
Re: I love savory better than sweet too, and this book taught me how to say that :P

Points to you for sharing the love of this book!

Orwell + Banks = interesting!

I wrote a prequel series to The Baby-Sitters Club, in which Kristy, Claudia, and Mary Anne were in elementary school.

Posted by: SarahsBooks (sarahsbooks)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)

Loved this as a kid. I should probably re-read it.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
happy

Twist your arm. Yes.

Posted by: SarahsBooks (sarahsbooks)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)

I have a hardcover copy, so it's not a big stretch for me to comply. ;)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)

Ooh! Which cover?

Posted by: SarahsBooks (sarahsbooks)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)

This one:

http://www.powells.com/biblio?PID=26825&cgi=product&isbn=0385730764

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)

Mine:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51FE9B4JZNL._SL500_AA240_.jpg

Posted by: Jackson Pearce (watchmebe)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)

I am so delighted you're talking about this book-- it and Indian in the Cupboard were my favorite books when I was younger. It's so adorable and delightful.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)

Hurrah! The Fairy Rebel is one of my all-time favorite books from childhood. :) I liked the Cupboard books, but I LOVED Fairy!

Posted by: the three of clubs (heatherbird)
Posted at: December 4th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
hp -- ginny weasley

One of my favorites as a kid! It looked so edgy on the school library shelf.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 4th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)

It also holds up years later - I encourage adults to re-read it!

Posted by: emsbookshelf.blogspot.com (ext_136383)
Posted at: December 16th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)

Ohh, I'll have to check this out. Sounds great. :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 17th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)

It is precious.

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