In this new middle-grade series from princess aficionado Baker (A Question of Magic, 2013, etc.), a dissatisfied tooth fairy wants to make a difference in a fairy-tale world.
Cory hates her tooth-fairy job. She believes her true calling is to help people. Swiping teeth from a child’s pillow just won’t cut it. Against her tooth-fairy mother’s wishes, she quits the Tooth Fairy Guild, an unthinkable move since this job is a lifetime commitment. After a falling-out with her mother, Cory goes to live with sweet Uncle Micah, her pet woodchuck, Noodles in tow. She begins each day answering help wanted ads. Her odd jobs range from babysitting Humpty Dumpty to ridding Marjorie Muffet’s house of pesky spiders. Meanwhile, Marjorie and other friends ask Cory to set them up on dates, but Cory’s not convinced she has a knack for that. While it’s fun to see the fairyland characters make appearances, Cory’s jobs feel somewhat arbitrary and take up a good portion of the book. Readers may start to wonder when the matchmaking will begin, as the title suggests—a longueur possibly explained by the fact that this kicks off a series. Cory’s journey becomes most interesting, near the end of the book, when she searches for an estranged family member and discovers a life-changing secret.
Those in it for the long haul, particularly loyal fans of Baker’s other books, will appreciate this lighthearted search for one’s true self. (Fantasy. 8-12)