Never Fairy Books by Gail Carson Levine

7/1/2012 – So a date day with the hubby of course must include a trip to Half-Price Books. I found two books that I wanted right away and settled down to read them while he continued to look around and was about 60 pages into one by the time we left the store. Those books were Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg and Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand. Both are part of the Never Fairies franchise developed by Disney several years ago and based, naturally, on their most famous fairy, Tinker Bell.

I personally love this entire franchise: the dolls, the costumes, the movies, but especially the books. I love the detail that has gone into developing the mythology of the Never Fairies. And there aren’t just Never Fairies. There are Great Wanded Fairies, Lesser Wanded Fairies, plain old mainland fairies, and Never Fairies. Never Fairies have talents, each one with a specific one. There are light-talent fairies, water-talent fairies, cooking-talent fairies, dairy-talent fairies, animal talents, fast-flying, and even pots-and-pans, or tinkering, talent fairies. The detail of the history of Never Land is also included in Never Fairy lore, which creates a wonderful background to the world introduced by the story of Peter Pan, and expounding upon characters and a world that were, until now, only peripheral.

These books go together as a set, one picking up with the other left off. The first is Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg where a new laugh makes its way to Never Land. Every child’s first laugh breaks away from it and flies away. Some become Greater Wandies, others Lesser, and some fortunate laughs journey to Never Land (which has a personality all its own, by the by) and become Never Fairies. This new fairy is named Prilla but poor Prilla has a problem: she has no talent. Never Fairies come into being knowing just what talent they have. But poor Prilla seems to have no talent at all. Not even Mother Dove, the wisest and most magical creature in Never Land, knows what her talent is. And then the unthinkable happens: a hurricane blows through Never Land, striking Mother Dove from her nest and from her protection of her Egg, the one thing that keeps everyone in Never Land ageless and never-dying. The Egg is the Never in Never Land. Can Prilla help now to save all of Never Land as well as figure out what talent she has and be able to find her place in Fairy Haven? You’ll have to read it to find out and to prepare yourself for Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand. Apparently, these fairies really enjoy their quests. ^_^ So…enjoy these wonderful stories and…as the fairies would say, fly with you again soon!

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