After falling asleep and awakening as a fairy, 11-year-old Rowan embarks on a quest to regain human form.
Since her mother vanished seven years ago, Rowan, a white girl, has managed everything for her distraught father and younger sister in their London apartment. On the anniversary of her mother’s disappearance, Rowan falls asleep feeling unloved under a weeping beech in Hyde Park and wakes up in the Fairie Realms of the Royal Parks, where she will be loved. Overwhelmed, Rowan desperately wants to go home but learns “becoming a fairy is a one-way ticket.” Only the most powerful fairy who unlocks the Heart of Oak can become human. Hoping to find the Heart of Oak, Rowan seeks out the fairy GodMother and discovers her missing mother’s been hiding in the Fairie Realms from an evil, vengeful fairy intent on destroying her. Determined to find her mother, Rowan’s ability to transform into other creatures emerges, placing her in peril. Against the atmospheric backdrop of London’s Royal Parks and a darkly dangerous, diminutive fairy world, Rowan morphs from a timid girl into a bold heroine, aided by enchanting fairy friends and assaulted by fierce fairy foes.
A swiftly paced debut adventure of powerful transformation and immutable family bonds. (map) (Fantasy. 7-11)