Thursday, May 9, 2013

J. M. Barrie's Birthday: Books with Faeries

J. M. Barrie is most known for Peter Pan. As Peter explains to Wendy, "when the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies." Today, Barrie would turn 153. To celebrate, have some cake, and read these books about faeries.


Tithe by Holly Black. When Kaye moves back to New Jersey, she discovers that she is actually a changeling child-- a pixie left by the faeries to replace the human child they stole. This is a retelling on Tam Lin. It's time for the 7-year tithe and Kaye's friends are it. Kaye's changling status lets her straddle both worlds, and she can save her friends, but if you don't know the ways of the faerie, it's a dangerous game to play. Follow it with Valiant.

How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier. Everyone has a fairy that gives them a special talent, but Charlie's is the worse. A parking talent? Her friends have fairies that make it so they never get in trouble, or always find amazing clothes at super-clearance prices. Charlie needs a new fairy, and she needs one fast, but how?

Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel. The day Callie plays her father's piano, the biggest dust storm yet comes and takes her mother away. When Callie goes after her, she discovers her mother's mortal, but her long-missing father is a prince of the Unseelie court. So Callie is a princess, but also a pawn in a political game she doesn't understand. The first in a trilogy, Golden Girl comes out next month.


The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. The Seelie and Unseelie courts have always held a delicate balance, but now there's a new type of fairy, the Iron Fey. When Meghan discovers she's the daughter of a mortal woman and Queen Oberon, a changling's been left in her brother's place, and her best friend is actually Puck... she's thrown into the middle of a fairy war. The first in a series, follow it with The Iron Daughter.

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev. At the Théâtre Illuminata, characters from plays come to life-- not through the actors, but the actual characters live within the boundaries of the theater. They're doing Hamlet set in Ancient Egypt, but the faeries from Midsummer's Night Dream are wreaking all the havoc they can.

Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner. It's been a generation since the war between humans and faerie. In this post-apocalyptic landscape, magic is dangerous and magic kills. When Liza's hair starts turning clear, an unmistakable sign of magic, she runs away and discovers that it's s different world outside her village. The first in a trilogy, follow it with Faerie Winter.


Impossible by Nancy Werlin. Lucy doesn't know it, but she's subjected to a family curse. That's why her mother's crazy and she lives with foster parents. But, then the Elfin Knight comes for her, and she has limited time to do impossible tasks-- it's the only way to break the curse, to free herself and future generations. If you've ever wondered about the tasks set forth in the ballad "Scarborough Fair" this novel based on the song gives a pretty good explanation.

The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long. One day, the trees swallowed Jenny's brother. When she goes back, determined to get him back, she's drawn into the world of faerie.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. Artemis Fowl is a criminal mastermind and his next target is fairy gold. He knows it's not at the end of the rainbow, so he kidnaps a fairy and holds her for ransom. But Holly is a police captain, and her comrades aren't sitting easy while she's missing. Artemis may have bitten off more than he can handle. The first in a series, follow it with The Arctic Incident.

What are your favorite books about faeries?

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