A girl who’s half-fairy, half-vampire struggles to fit in.
Isadora Moon’s parents can’t decide which school she should attend: fairy school like her mother or vampire school like her father? They opt to send her to a day of fairy school and a night of vampire school and then to let her choose. Pink and sparkly fairy school starts off as good fun but goes downhill with some magic mishaps (a wish for carrot cake summons an ever growing winged carrot) and cultural hiccups (despite the sparkles, they don’t approve of her black tutu in ballet, and she unknowingly desecrates a fairy ring). Vampire school doesn’t go much better—she flies too much like a fairy for vampire formations, her animated toy Pink Rabbit is banned after acting out in jealousy of the bats, and her straight but unruly hair doesn’t want be tamed to vampire standards. Despite her parents’ conflicting wishes that she take after one or the other, she fits into neither mold. After an encounter with a passing group of diverse human children (as opposed to the all–paper-white fantasy creatures), she opts to go to school with them and be an individual herself—a message as attractive as the black, white, and pink illustrations. While Isadora’s parents seem exceptionally clueless about what’s best for their daughter, their loving acceptance of her choice is affirming.
A charming story about self-acceptance. (Fantasy. 6-9)