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A dreadful fairy book
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Publication Information:
Eagle, Idaho : Amberjack Publishing, [2018]

Physical Description:
viii, 296 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Shade, a sassy sprite, never fit in at her village, so when her treehouse burns down she sets out to find a new home and, with luck, others who love books and learning.-- Provided by Publisher.


Material Type
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Children's Book Fiction Etter
Children's Book Fiction Etter
Children's Book Fiction Etter

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Readers, beware: what you hold in your hands is a dreadful fairy book.

I wish I were narrating almost any other fairy story, but alas, this is my lot. Whatever expectations you have of delightful and whimsical fairies are sure to be disappointed. There are certainly fairies, but most are not proper fairies. Some who are supposed to be nasty are disappointingly nice, while some who should be kind and helpful are disconcertingly surly, dishonest, and generally unpleasant company.

Our heroine is, perhaps, the worst offender--a sprite more interested in books than carefree games, who insists on being called Shade. She is on a quest, albeit with rather questionable companions, to find a place her outré self can call home. A place of companionship, comfort, and, most importantly, positively filled with books.

Author Notes

The author of this dreadful tale, one Mr. Jon Etter, grew up in his local library in Forrest, Illinois (Population 1200 and some dogs) and eventually migrated north to Wisconsin, where he has taught high school English for the past twenty years.

When not teaching or attempting to domesticate his two children, Jon has written a number of proper tales--mostly fantasy--for The London Journal of Fiction, The Singularity, The Great Tome of Forgotten Relics and Artifacts , and other venues. A Dreadful Fairy Book is his first novel for kids and he's loved every minute of working on it that wasn't spent with Quentin Q. Quacksworth, whom Jon describes as "the opposite of fun," although he does enjoy how annoyed Quacksworth gets when referred to as "Triple Q" or "Q Cubed."

In his storied, 43-year career as a professional narrator, Quentin Quigley Quacksworth has worked on many wonderful, proper pieces of literature. His greatest regret, professional or personal, is his involvement with Jon Etter, whom he describes as "a pugnacious purveyor of puerile prose," and A Dreadful Fairy Book , which he strongly urges publishers, parents, teachers, and librarians to keep out of the hands of children.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

This isn't just any fairy book: it's dreadful. Thanks to her love of books and odd owl wings, Shade has never fit in with the other sprites. After an ill-advised fireworks display burns down her house, Shade is forced to venture out on her own. In her search for a place to call home, she meets an assortment of fairies, handles disputes between pucas and a gentletroll, and catches the attention of the Wild Hunt after she helps a talking fox. Shade is a brilliant heroine whose opinionated, spunky, and compassionate nature leads her into several fairy squabbles. Etter challenges the typical idea of fairies through humorous and dreadful twists, which introduce characters such as Anthony o' the Wisp, Chauncey the gentletroll, and a trio of bickering pucas. Shade's journey is one of self-discovery as she discovers a surprising place of her own with her newfound collection of friends at her side. A charming read with a quirky narrator, a brazen heroine, and eccentric characters.--Elizabeth Konkel Copyright 2018 Booklist