The Center for Children's Books


Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Faeries - September 2009

Selected and annotated by Natalie Sapkarov


Augarde, Steve. Celandine. Fickling, 2006. 496 p. Gr. 6-8.
In this prequel to The Various, Celandine lives in early 20th century Britain, where she is fleeing her miserable boarding school and the grief of her brother killed in war. She seeks solace and comfort in the world of the little people, whom she had visited previously in a forest near home, but finds herself in a dangerous world of adventure instead.

---. The Various. Fickling, 2004. 448 p. Gr. 5-9.
Twelve year-old Midge is left to stay at her Uncle Brian’s farm while her mother is on tour with an orchestra. On the Mill Farm, Midge discovers a wounded winged horse that she feels compelled to help, and after further investigation into the dense vegetation of the forest, she finds that there is a whole village of little people living there – whose lives are now in danger because Brian is thinking of selling the farm, perhaps as a direct result of Midge’s arrival.

Black, Holly. Ironside. McElderry, 2007. 323 p. Gr. 9-12.
In this third book of Black’s faery series, Kaye, a changeling, must prove her love to Roiben, a soon-to-be king in the Seelie Court, by finding a faery who can tell a lie – a near impossible task. Kaye flits between the human and faery worlds to accomplish this feat, all the while entangling herself in a web of power and deceit.

Brennan, Herbie. The Purple Emperor. Bloomsbury, 2004. 431 p. Gr. 7-10.
This sequel begins right where Faerie Wars left off, with the faerie Emperor Iris dead and his children Pyrgus, Holly Blue, and Comma fighting off the Faeries of the Night and the demons of Hael. In a strange twist, Emperor Iris is revived from the dead and is now a zombie – an unpleasant hiccup in his children’s political struggles.

Chan, Gillian. The Turning. Kids Can, 2005. 199 p. Gr. 8-12.
Sixteen year-old Ben has just lost his mother to cancer and is being uprooted from his Canadian home to live in London with his father. Bitter, grieving, and sarcastic, Ben struggles to adapt to his new surroundings and wanders into a nearby forest to explore and finds that he can see faery people. The Young Fey, as they call themselves, are staging a revolution in which young humans must be sacrificed to create a new, dominant race. Will Ben be able to stop them? 

Clare, Cassandra. City of Bones. McElderry, 2007. 485 p. Gr. 9-12.
Clary Fray’s worldview shatters when she learns that her reality is not what she thought it was. She eavesdrops on a Shadowhunter, one who is trained to kill demons, and witnesses a murder she should not be able to see. How she received this gift of the Sight and what that has to do with the Shadowhunters she does not know, but she will be forced to find out if she wants to rescue her kidnapped mother.

Cowley, Joy. The Wishing of Biddy Malone; illustrated by Christopher Denise. Philomel, 2004. 36 p. 6-10 yrs.
Biddy Malone loves to sing and dance but can do neither worth anything. She stumbles upon a faerie village one day where she is enamored by a faerie boy, a loveling, and is asked to name her three wishes – to sing and dance well and to have a loving heart. After returning to her own world, she works hard to make her own wishes come true and eventually returns to faerie to be with her loveling.

de Lint, Charles. The Blue Girl. Viking, 2004. 368 p. Gr. 8-12.
When tough girl Imogene moves to a new town, she attempts to tone down her rebellious, trouble-making side and finds a friend in straight-A student Maxine. The two girls latch onto each other and complement one another, and step into a modern day ghost story – so what if their school is haunted? – forcing them to fight off mythical creatures.

The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm; edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. Viking, 2004. 544 p. Gr. 7-12.
This collection of short stories and poems centers on the faery world, reinventing classic tales with a contemporary twist, and contains selections from 20 different authors, including Neil Gaiman and Holly Black.

Gardner, Sally. I, Coriander. Dial, 2005. 272 p. Gr. 7-12.
Coriander, a fairy-human half-breed, lives the first decade of her life in 17th century England, until she is locked away in a trunk by her evil stepmother and a sinister priest only to find herself in the fairy world of her mother’s upbringing. In this world, she encounters more wicked relatives, whom she must defeat in order to regain a happier existence.

Hahn, Mary Downing. Witch Catcher. Clarion, 2006. 236 p. Gr. 4-6.
When Jen and her father move to a castle-like mansion in the mountains, Jen is excited to explore the old place and spend time with her father. But his new girlfriend Moura gets in the way and is almost obsessive about the antiques in the house, especially a glass ball she calls a witch catcher, which Jen’s cat accidentally breaks. From there, madness ensues, bringing forth fairies and mythical beings.

Jones, Frewin. The Faerie Path. Eos/HarperCollins, 2007. 320 p. Gr. 6-9.
Everyday teen girl Anita is actually Princess Tania of the world of Faerie, seventh daughter of King Oberon. Anita/Tania deals with this news as well as she can, but her abrupt arrival in Faerie and departure from her London life is a culture shock, to say the least. While in Faerie, Princess Tania must determine her true purpose as princess, choose her friends from her foes, and save this world.

Larbalestier, Justine. How to Ditch Your Fairy. Bloomsbury, 2008. 320 p. Gr. 6-9.
In New Avalon, everyone has their own personal fairy to ensure their success in life or love, sports or arts, school or work. But Charlie is stuck with a useless parking fairy – when she doesn’t even have her license – while all her friends have much more flashy fairies, a misfortune she is intent on turning around in this light and humorous novel.

Livingston, Lesley. Wondrous Strange. HarperTeen, 2009. 327 p. Gr. 6-9.
An aspiring actress, Kelley Winslow lands a part in a small-time production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but she is not prepared for her life to mirror the scenes she is reading in the play – as she discovers that she is the daughter of a faerie king and must stop the faerie realm from attacking New York City.

Marr, Melissa. Ink Exchange. HarperTeen, 2008. 325 p. Gr. 9-12.
In this companion novel to Wicked Lovely, Leslie has had a less than pleasant life and is in desperate need of a turn-around, which she hopes her first tattoo will bring her, except that her new ink causes her to be bound to the Dark Court’s faery king, Irial, an unforeseen and certainly unintended consequence.

---. Wicked Lovely. HarperTeen, 2007. 336 p. Gr. 9-12.
Aislinn can see faeries, grotesque and dreadful creatures out for a laugh at a human’s expense, but she can’t let them know she can see or else they will torture her. Her gift of sight has been well hidden for seventeen years, but this is tested once the Summer King of the faeries develops an interest for her.

Morris, Gerald. The Princess, the Crone, and the Dung-Cart Knight. Houghton, 2004. 320 p. Gr. 6-10.
In this sixth novel of Arthurian legends, thirteen-year-old Sarah is intent on finding and putting to justice the knight who killed her mother, meeting a variety of characters and friends on her quest, including a mysterious knight, a fairy, a monk, and a princess.

A Pot o’ Gold: A Treasury of Irish Stories, Poetry, Folklore, and (of course) Blarney; selected and adapted by Kathleen Krull; illustrated by David McPhail. Hyperion, 2004. 181 p. Gr. 4-6.
This collection of Irish folklore contains a chapter devoted to fairies with adaptations of classic selections by Oscar Wilde and William Butler Yeats.

Pratchett, Terry. A Hat Full of Sky. HarperCollins, 2004. 288 p. Gr. 6-10.
Tiffany Aching finally gets to start her witch training and in the nick of time too for she is hunted by a hiver meaning to take control of her mind. Hopefully, with the help of the Wee Free Men and Granny Weatherwax, Tiffany can keep this malevolent creature away from her.

---. Wintersmith. HarperCollins, 2006. 272 p. Gr. 6-8.
In this third adventure of Tiffany Aching, Tiffany must find a way to appease the love of Winter himself or else Spring may never come. She enlists the help of the Wee Free Men once again to tackle this challenge in another romp of fun and magic and a little bit of danger.

Rogers, Gregory. Midsummer Knight. Porter/Roaring Brook, 2007. 32 p. Gr. 2-4.
In this wordless picture book, a knightly dressed bear chases after some bees looking for honey after lazily floating down a river. He crosses through a portal into a fairy world where he shrinks in size and must rescue the king and queen from a shrewd kidnapping.

Sawyer, Ruth. The Wee Christmas Cabin of Carn-na-ween; illustrated by Max Grafe. Candlewick, 2005. 40 p. Gr. 4-6.
Oona has spent her entire life as an orphan, without a husband or family to comfort her in her old age. After losing her home, she spends her days in the village, caring for others and hoping for a small speck of hospitality – which never comes. Finally, Oona resigns herself to death on a cold patch of ground but awakens in a cozy cabin built by the Gentle People who vow to take care of Oona as she has done for others.

Simner, Janni Lee. Bones of Faerie. Random House, 2009. 256 p. Gr. 7-10.
At one time, the human and faerie worlds warred, which left both sides in shambles and Liza’s village to fear all things magical. But when Liza’s mother disappears, Liza is determined to get her back, even if it means journeying through the forest and into Faerie.

Singleton, Sarah. Out of the Shadows. Clarion, 2008. 256 p. Gr. 7-10.
Isabella Leland, a child raised by faeries, now returns to the world of her past in the year 1586, where she meets Elizabeth Dyer, a potential friend and fellow outsider, in this tale of the possible harmony of magic and religion.

Thompson, Kate. The Last of the High Kings. Greenwillow, 2008. 336 p. Gr. 6-9.
Building upon The New Policeman, J.J. Liddy is now 25 years older with a family of his own and a young daughter who is compulsively drawn to the world he left so long ago. Jenny is forever leaving the house at all hours and wandering around shoeless, making friends with a ghost on a cliff, who may either help or hinder the land of Liddy’s past.

---. The New Policeman. HarperTeen, 2007. 441 p. Gr. 6-9.
J. J. Liddy wants to get his mother the best birthday present ever: more time. So, J.J. sets out to buy his mother more time for her birthday, a seemingly impossible task, but one that finds him at one moment in the Irish countryside and another in the alternate reality of Tir Na Gog, the land of the fairies. Here he finds more than the missing time that everyone has been seeking but also a bit of his family history that has been lost through the years.

Tomlinson, Heather. Aurelie: A Faerie Tale. Holt, 2008. 184 p. Gr. 5-8.
Aurelie and her best friends Netta and Garin are able to see the Fae, faery people, and they have made friends with Loic, a river dragon, but they must realize their duties as princes and princesses, including complicated courting and a looming war ahead.

Ward, Helen. Little Moon Dog; illustrated by Wayne Anderson. Dutton, 2007. 32 p. 4-7 yrs.
Little Moon Dog lives with the Man in the Moon, faithful friends to one another, but that friendship is tested when summer visitors entice Little Moon Dog to play with them and go back to their land.

Wooding, Chris. Poison. Orchard, 2005. 288 p. Gr. 6-10.
When Poison’s sister is kidnapped by the phaeries, Poison is resolute in her decision to travel to see the Phaerie Lord himself and bring back her sister, but Phaerie is a menacing place and Poison must keep both her courage and her wits about her if she wants to succeed in her mission.

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