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Publisher's Summary

September is a girl who longs for adventure. When she is invited to Fairyland by a Green Wind and a Leopard, well, of course she accepts. (Mightn’t you?) But Fairyland is in turmoil, and it will take one 12-year-old girl, a book-loving dragon, and a strange and almost human boy named Saturday to vanquish an evil Marquess and restore order.
©2011 Catherynne M. Valente (P)2013 Audible Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"This is a kind of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by way of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - it's the sort of book one doesn't want to end." ( Publisher's Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kerryn on 10-19-15

Where Was This When I Was Growing Up?

An absolutely fantastic, adorable, unique read, "The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making" is all that I could have possibly wanted it to be and more. Friendship, adventure, magic, imagination... I really wish I had this book growing up.

A story for all ages, this first book in the Fairyland series has great life lessons for all, including loyalty, friendship and doing what is right even when you really just want to curl up and go home. It blurs the line between "good" and "evil", and is about being courageous, making your own choices and standing up for what - and who - you believe in.

Personally, I listened to this tale as an Audiobook and I highly recommend doing so. Not only is it narrated by the author (a fact I didn't realise until after j had finished it) but the writing style is such that the novel is told by a narrator, which makes it perfect for this format. My only complaint would be that even though there are four - possibly five - books in the series, four of which are recorded as Audiobooks, only the first two are available on the Australian Audible, which is highly frustrating.

I will say, however, that the narrative does take a slightly darker turn as it progresses, so I would suggest perhaps reading ahead/beforehand to check if you're comfortable with that aspect of it if you're thinking of reading it to a much younger person.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jessica on 07-08-13

A true classic for the next generation

Would you listen to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making again? Why?

Absolutely. I think it ranks up there with Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz, books that you can read again and again and discover something new each time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character, September was my favourite. She was funny and brave yet serious and timid at the same time. The adventures she goes on bring out the best in September and I enjoyed the development of her character through the book.

Have you listened to any of Catherynne M. Valente’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not - but I did enjoy this one and will certainly be buying the next in the series.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did. However, as I was listening with my two young children, we had to content ourselves with a couple of chapters before bedtime each night! I was tempted to keep listening once they were asleep but managed not too as I felt that was a bit unfair.

Any additional comments?

Loved this book. Would recommend for young or old.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Prof on 06-16-15

Definitely try before you buy

What disappointed you about The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making?

One of those florid styles of writing that you either love or loathe. Narratives are an entirely secondary concern as the author’s love of language draws ever increasing circles round the reader. It doesn't let up for a moment. And to be fair, some of the expressions and turns of phrase are charming. But they’re drowned out by endless 'bon mots' that aren’t. Listen to the clips before you buy. Its all like that.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jessica on 01-06-17

awesome

This was just awesome. What a great story. I'm absolutely in love! I will definitely be listening to the rest!

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