|Girl who soared over Fairyland and cut the moon in two (Fairyland)|
Author: Valente, Catherynne M.
September finds herself on Fairyland's Moon, reunited with her friends, and has to save Fairyland from a moon-Yeti with great and mysterious powers.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 6.30
Points: 13.0 Quiz: 162833
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 6.60
Points: 18.0 Quiz: 61990
Common Core Standards
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Kirkus Reviews (+) (09/15/13)
School Library Journal (11/01/13)
Booklist (+) (09/15/13)
The Hornbook (00/11/13)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/15/2013 *Starred Review* Plucky September makes her way back to Valente’s marvelous, mesmerizing fairyland, following her previous trip, in The Girl Who Fell beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (2012). But this time, she’s a seasoned traveler: a bit older, a bit wiser, and ready to start acting like the 14-year-old young lady she’s expected to be. September swoops into fairyland, along with her growing-flashier-by-the-minute Model A Ford, and discovers a land so beset by rules and regulations that she must receive an official profession—she’s named “royal scofflaw, professional revolutionary, and criminal of the realm”—prior to entering. But before she can get to adventuring, she’s tasked with delivering a package to the moon, which has begun to shudder and shake with moonquakes because a terrible yeti is trying to break it to pieces. September and her friends traverse the moon, meet their fates, encounter older and younger versions of themselves, and wonder what, exactly, makes them who they are—all while trying to find the speedy yeti and stop him from his destructive plans. As usual, Valente enlightens readers with pearly gleams of wisdom about honesty, identity, free will, and growing up. September often worries who she should be and what path she should follow, but the lovely truth, tenderly told, is that it’s all up to her. Thanks to a dramatic cliff-hanger ending, there is sure to be more empowerment and whimsy to come. - Copyright 2013 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 11/01/2013 Gr 5–9—At 14, September is worried that she is too old to go back to Fairyland to see her only true friends, and, when she finally hitches an illegal ride with the Blue Wind, she finds herself labeled a criminal. She journeys to the Moon in her old car, which seems to have come alive on its trip into Fairyland, and finds her old friends, Ell the Wyverary and the Marid boy Saturday, and they set off to stop the horrible Yeti, Ciderskin, from destroying the Moon and the myriad peoples who inhabit its large surface. Along the way, they meet creatures and landscapes that provide them with stories and advice. Bothered by the phrase, "what others call you, you become," September is even more unsure of who she is meant to be. When the friends finally encounter the Yeti, she is ready to challenge his awful deeds. Instead, he presents himself in a sympathetic light. Soon she feels the pull of the real world drawing her back. In desperation, she begs to stay and the cruel Blue Wind honors her decision, with dire consequences. Valente has once again done a masterful job of creating the richly realized world of Fairyland as well as aptly continuing September's confused and stumbling journey to adulthood. This series, for it must be read as a series, is a worthy addition to any collection. Both children and adults will find the adventure and narration both thrilling and nostalgic in their own ways as September learns to "call yourself what you wish to become."—Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.