FORTUNE’S FOLLY by Deva Fagan

FORTUNE’S FOLLY

Age Range: 10 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Young Fortunata’s father, a shoemaker, has lost his elves. When the forlorn father-daughter pair is forced to find work outside their town of Valenzia, they fall in with a rough lot, and Fortunata is coerced by their malevolent captors into learning the wily tricks of a fortune teller. Their tortuous journey, described in Fortunata’s grimly pragmatic, dryly comical first-person voice, leads them to the queen of Sirenze, who requires a soothsayer’s advice to help her son—the shy, stuttering Prince Leonato—find a princess. Fortunata fakes an amusingly elaborate prophecy, soon realizing that she must make her prediction come true to save her father’s life. As fate would have it, the prince is charming, and finding someone who loves him proves all too easy. (She does.) Fortunata is a likable heroine with real guts and only becomes a romantic sap toward the end. Readers will relish the clever allusions to stories from “Rapunzel” to “Cinderella,” rendering the first line of this winning debut novel that much more terrific: “Life would have been much easier if I believed in fairy tales.” (Fantasy. 10 & up)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8050-8742-0
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2009




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