A FAIRY’S GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING HUMANS by Margaret Meacham

A FAIRY’S GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING HUMANS

Age Range: 8 - 11

KIRKUS REVIEW

This sequel to A Mid-Semester Night’s Dream (2004) takes a humorous yet recognizable look at young teens’ trials, tribulations and friendships. Morgan Yates, a 14-year-old human, is the (un)lucky recipient of a visit from her fairy-godmother-in-training, the eternally oblivious Gretta. The teen fairy visits Morgan for two reasons: She’s mad at her boyfriend and she’s doing a research paper on human behavior (certain to achieve a very low grade). She finds humans incomprehensible, making well-meaning but disastrous attempts to help the increasingly fed-up Morgan, who is a pretty together teen with the usual problems with boys and making friends at her new school. Alternating chapters in an extremely ornate font are excerpted from the totally clueless Gretta’s diary. Her version of events reveals a staggering lack of understanding of the events she creates via failed spells. Despite Gretta’s well-meaning attempts to help her charge, it is sensible Morgan who prevails. A much-needed glossary at the back defines some of the colorful and consistently used fairy slang. (Fantasy. 8-11)

Pub Date: Dec. 31st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2078-0
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Holiday House
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2007




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