The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

by Catherynne M. Valente

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

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September is a young girl who lives a dreary life and yearns for adventure. A strange character named The Green Wind takes pity on her and swoops into her room one evening just after her 12th birthday — she embarks on a voyage to Fairyland to track down a particular item from the Marquess, who has taken over as the new dictator. Illustrations by Ana Juan.

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If you haven't heard of Catherynne Valente, give it time. She's only 32, and she's writing at a furious pace — she published six books in 2011, all brilliant — without even breathing hard. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland is the playful, erudite story of a little girl named September who is invited by a Green Wind to visit a place called Fairyland. There she meets and befriends some rather startling creatures, including a wyvern named A-through-L; if I tell you that the wyvern

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I'm a softie for a good Alice in Wonderland story, so this tale about a girl named September who yearns for adventure stole my heart. She lives a life of dreary routine, washing the same dishes every day and playing the same games with her strange little dog. But an even stranger character takes pity on her and swoops into her room one evening just after her 12th birthday. It's one of the Six Winds. In this case The Green Wind, who takes the form of a natty gentleman dressed

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