Book Review: Celia and the Fairies, by Karen McQuestion


When Celia Lovejoy’s
parents announce that her grandmother is coming to live with them, Celia
is delighted. Now while her parents work at their toy company, she can
spend time with Grammy instead of going to bossy Paul’s house. When
her grandmother tells stories about the fairies living in the woods
behind Celia’s house, her parents are quick to dismiss it. “Just a lot
of nonsense,” says her father with a wave of his hand. Her mother
reminds her that a ten-year-old girl is too old to believe in magic. But
if there are no fairies, how to explain the glimmers of light she sees
from her balcony at night? And why does she dream of a fairy girl
begging for help? All of the answers are in the woods, if only Celia is
brave enough to find out. An engaging story sure to delight readers


This delightful gem of a story almost got lost on my Kindle.  I just happened across a sample that I had downloaded.  I was hooked right from the start.

It reminded me a little bit of the Fablehaven series.  The writing was well done and the story flowed easily.  I read the book in about two hours.

Celia is a wonderful protagonist.  She is brave, but she is still a young child, so she is limited as to the things she is able to accomplish.  In spite of her limitations, she still manages to do the right thing and prove to herself that she is important and courageous.  

I loved the original Celia (the grandmother) too.  She was calm and reassuring during the entire story.  She is the kind of grandmother that everyone wants to have.  Vicky McClutchy was a perfect villain.  She was beautiful, smart, and utterly heartless.  I enjoyed the way she did not even try to pretend that she was nice.  She was horrible to everyone.  

This is definitely a recommended read for children ages 7 and up.

File Size: 256 KB
Print Length: 192 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1449924999
Publisher: AmazonEncore (November 2, 2010)

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)
    December 26, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Sounds like a perfect book for Christmas full of fairies and magic (:
    Ten years old is not too old to believe in magic!
    Hope you had a great Christmas (:

  • Reply
    Karen McQuestion
    January 11, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Thanks so much for the lovely, thoughtful review!

  • Reply
    January 12, 2013 at 3:05 am

    You're welcome!

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