JUSTINE LARBALESTIER is the author of the award-winning Magic or Madness trilogy. She wishes she had a clothes shopping fairy instead of the procrastination fairy she battles with almost every day. She is married to author Scott Westerfeld and divides her time between Sydney and New York City.
Most of us would think having our own fairy was great. That could depend, however, on the sort of fairy it was. Charlie is your average teenager, who is sports-mad and loves her high school. She seems to be racking up a lot of demerits lately, and some of these can be attributed to her fairy. Charlie's world is brought to vivid life with the expertise of Kate Atkinson's reading in this unabridged version. Different voices have been suitably created for each character, from the upbeat squeal of her best friend Rochelle, to the very slow Danders Anders. The listener will have no difficulty getting involved in the story and easily identify each character. The teenage slang is woven throughout the narration, adding to the humour of the story. This is a tale of friendship and loyalty, mystery and a hint of romance. There is no magic as such, just a sprinkling of fairy dust. Easy to listen to, and great for teenagers for whom reading smacks of work, or to while-away a car trip. Even the parents will enjoy the journey! Stay tuned for the glossary and explanations at the end, which are also worth hearing. Melinda Bilbey is a former bookseller specialising in children's books
Gr 6-10-Fourteen-year-old Charlie, a fair-to-middling student at the "all sports, all the time" New Avalon high school, is cursed with a parking fairy (the driver finds the perfect parking spot if she's in the car) and determined to do whatever it takes to swap fairies with her archenemy, Fiorenze, who's been "blessed" with an every-boy-will-like-you fairy. But what Charlie doesn't know is that the grass really isn't greener on the other side, as proven by the many complications that ensue when she successfully ditches her parking fairy and finds herself saddled with slavish and unwelcome attention from every boy in sight. Kate Atkinson narrates Justine Larbalesier's novel (Bloomsbury, 2008), and her Aussie accent perfectly captures Charlie's sarcastic and smart character along with her struggle to figure out what she really wants and what price she's willing to pay for it. Filled with casual conversational slang, the story benefits from a glossary at the end of the book. The author's fans will find that this latest offering "doos" to the max-Cindy Lombardo, Cleveland Public Library, OH Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
Set in a futuristic fantasy city, this book puts a fun spin on fairy tales: fairies exist, but you may wish they did not. Charlie has a parking fairy, which means any driver Charlie is with can always find a choice spot (which in turn means that every time the brutish star jock at school gets behind a wheel he nabs Charlie). Charlie walks everywhere, hoping to ditch her fairy and the jock--but then she racks up tardiness demerits at her strict sports school. When Fiorenze, whose all-boys-will-like you fairy has captured Charlie's crush, also wants to get rid of her fairy, they team up to steal secret research compiled by Fiorenze's mother, an expert on fairies. It takes Larbalestier (the Magic or Madness trilogy) a long time to reach this point, but from here the pace quickens. The girls switch fairies, creating more trouble and pushing the girls to some serious (and seriously funny) extremes. Suggesting rather than exploiting the fictional possibilities of Charlie's city, which has as many rules as it has fairies, this vividly imagined story will charm readers. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.