Tuesday, March 15, 2011

book talk tuesday

THE NIGHT FAIRY by Laura Amy Schlitz

IndieBound Description:
What would happen to a fairy if she lost her wings and could no longer fly? Flory, a young night fairy no taller than an acorn and still becoming accustomed to her wings — wings as beautiful as those of a luna moth — is about to find out. What she discovers is that the world is very big and very dangerous. But Flory is fierce and willing to do whatever it takes to survive. If that means telling others what to do — like Skuggle, a squirrel ruled by his stomach — so be it. Not every creature, however, is as willing
to bend to Flory’s demands. Newbery Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz and world-renowned illustrator and miniaturist Angela Barrett venture into the realm of the illustrated classic — a classic entirely and exquisitely of their making, and a magnificent adventure.

My Thoughts: Like my initial reservations of the Princess Academy, I was afraid this book was going to be a fluffy, saccharine fairy story. But it is not. It's a wonderful story with a strong character and adventure, truly beautifully written. Enjoy!

2 comments:

PL said...

Grace,

I enjoyed talking to you at Jeannine's presentation at the Danvers Yacht Club on Wednesday evening. The following day, we took a trip to the town where we got married, Dover, NH, and visited the public library there. Jeannine wanted to check out their children's book section, and while there she found a copy of your book "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" so I could take a look at it. I did not get a chance to read the text, but I did look at all of the illustrations. Very cool! I really like your sense of design and color.

Today, I decided to see if I could find your blog so as to send you this note, and -- through the magic of Google -- got to it within minutes. I started to read the first couple of entries, and my eye was drawn to this, in a book review you wrote:

"My Thoughts: Like my initial reservations of the Princess Academy, I was afraid this book was going to be a fluffy, saccharin fairy story. But it is not. It's a wonderful story with a strong character and adventure, truly beautifully written. Enjoy!"

I really hope that you do not take offense at this, but I feel compelled (some might say I was -- or wanted to be -- a copy editor in another life... and if I believed in reincarnation, I might agree) to point out that "saccharin" is the spelling for the chemical compound which is an artificial sweetener, while "saccharine" is the spelling of the word which means -- according to dictionary.com:

"4. cloyingly agreeable or ingratiating: a saccharine personality.

5. exaggeratedly sweet or sentimental"

Again, I hope my comment does not offend you -- I know that I always appreciate it when people point out these things to me in my writing, so that I can quickly correct them.

Anyway, thanks again for talking with me! It was great to meet you.

-- PL

Grace Lin said...

Hello! Thanks for the spellcheck, should be fixed now. It's was nice meeting you, too. Good Luck with your future endeavors!