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Publisher's Summary

Coriander Hobie, born in 1643, has a remarkable tale to tell, the tale of a childhood touched by unexplained bits of wonder, but too soon marked by tragedy. After her beloved mother dies and her father is forced to flee London, Coriander is left at the mercy of a stepmother full of cruelty. In the very nick of time, Coriander finds that she has somehow managed to transport herself to a land of fairies, and there she discovers what she has always suspected: that her mother was from a more magical world than grimy old London. And that she herself has inherited some of her mother's mysterious abilities, abilities that she now has a desperate need to master. Be prepared to be swept away by atmospheric writing that casts a lasting spell. Sally Gardner's prose is exquisitely beautiful and her story and characters enthralling. She has written a rare and glorious book.
©2005 Sally Gardner (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
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Critic Reviews

"Readers who love romantic fairy tales will delight....Fans of historical fiction, in turn, will enjoy ornate descriptions of the sights, sounds, and smells of 17th-century London." (School Library Journal)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Branden on 12-15-08

Really good

I enjoyed the book very much. The baddies ARE really bad--it's a fairy tale. Juliet Stevenson is great, as usual. It's a good "empowerment" book for young girls, I think. Coriander is definitely ahead of her time as an educated, independent female in the 1600's. It's quite an entertaining read. Maybe not for young kids; there is some real "evil stepmother" type mistreatment that could be disconcerting. But, then, Grimm's and most other fairy tales are the same.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Lynette on 10-09-07

What a fantastic Tale!

This is a wonderful fairy tale for any age, the baddies are really bad, the good guys are really good and the right side wins in the end...classic. Please Sally Gardener, more of this! Being that Juliet Stevenson is one of Britain's most talented actresses I knew that she would be an amazing narrator, she did not disappoint. She made every character sound very different and gave them a vibrant life of their own, I only wish she narrated more books.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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