The Fairy Queen strictly forbids fairies from using their magic power on humans. But after Tiki accidentally meets Jan, a woman who is desperate for a baby daughter, she finds it impossible to resist fulfilling her wish. Now up against the dark and vicious power of evil, this fairy rebel must face the Queen’s fury with frightening and possibly fatal results.
The Fairy Rebel, by Lynne Reid Banks, was sitting on the shelf at the library when I stopped by to pick up some books for my classroom last week. I was familiar with LRB because I had read her book, The Indian in the Cupboard, many years ago, so I brought this home to read hoping that it would be something I could read aloud to my second graders. It’s actually written more for intermediate readers, and after reading it I thought it would be perfect for fourth or fifth graders.
I was immediately captured by this pink-haired, blue jeans-wearing, kindhearted rebel fairy, Tiki, and her elf friend, Wijic. It was fun to think of the world of faerie being right in your own backyard, and the chance encounter that brought all the characters together happening as Jan was sitting in her own garden.
A sweet little book for the classroom, and another fun read for Carl V’s Once Upon a Time III challenge…