Reviews for Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand


Booklist Reviews 2008 January #1
This sequel to Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg (2005) returns children to Levine's Peter Pan-inspired Fairy Haven. Given the long gap between books, readers may struggle to recall details of the first plot, upon which Levine heavily builds without providing much backstory. But once Tink and her fairy pals bring a havoc-wreaking magic wand back to their community, readers will become sufficiently absorbed to forgive the bumpy start. Full-color artwork supplies the lavish visual element that is a major draw of the Disney Fairies series. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring
Three fairies must find a magic wand to save Never Land from a mermaid-issued flood. This might sound promising, but it's impossible to keep the countless characters straight (familiarity with this book's predecessor, Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg, seems essential). Quirky writing (the fairies finish each other's sentences) and a whiplash-inducing roving point of view stoke the chaos. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2007 July #1
This sequel to Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg (2005) returns readers to the magical world of Fairy Haven in Never Land where wise Mother Dove stills sits on her egg to ensure the production of fairy dust and endless youth. But all is not well. The fairy Rani has failed to deliver a magic wand she promised the mermaid Soop, who threatens to flood Fairy Haven until Rani produces the wand. As flood waters rise, Mother Dove reluctantly dispatches Rani, Ree and Tink to Queen Tutupia of the Great Wanded fairies for a wand and worries "a wand could bring out the worst in anyone, even a Never fairy." Tutupia warns the questing fairies that the wand will obey commands, but not reverse them. As Rani, Ree and Tink transport the wand to Soop, they are consumed with wand madness. Motivated by greed, jealousy and selfishness, their irreversible commands create chaos that could be disastrous unless they learn how to tame the troublesome wand. Faerie-filled illustrations highlight the diminutive drama and prove the perfect foil for the further adventures of these fantastical Never Land characters. (Fantasy. 6-10) Copyright Kirkus 2007 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2007 August #2
Tinker Bell and friends are back in Gail Carson Levine's Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand, illus. by David Christiana, the sequel to Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg. Tired of waiting for the magic wand Rani promised her, the mermaid Soop gives the fairies an ultimatum: get her a wand or suffer a devastating flood. But Mother Dove has forbidden the fairies to do so, forcing Tink, Rani and Ree to go on a perilous mission to appease Soop and save Fairy Haven. (Disney, $17.99 208p ages 6-10 ISBN 9781-4231-0100-0; Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2007 November

Gr 2-4 --In this sequel to Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg (Disney, 2005), Rani has promised a magic wand to a mermaid, Soop. When she can't provide it, Soop sets in motion a flood that may destroy the fairies' world. Wise Mother Dove then allows Rani and two others to go on a quest to the Great Wanded fairies. Even when the item is secured and the flood averted, adventures continue. Rani takes on the form of a bat, and her friends must rescue her. Soop and her friend exploit the wand in anger but cannot reverse their regrettable spells. Tinker Bell may not be able to shape the wand into an instrument of good. Nearly every creature wants at least one try at having a wish granted. They come to realize how easily their best wishes could turn ugly, and how much responsibility the wand demands. Although this fantasy fairy world is intriguing, the writing sometimes seems less than magical. Too often Levine tells thoughts and emotions instead of allowing the action to convey them. That's a shame, because the book itself is lovely. Christiana's watercolors convey a nostalgic tone; their soft colors reflect the feel of fantasy. Quality paper and colorful full-page illustrations, along with spot art and illuminated chapter beginnings, result in a beautiful book. With the current popularity of fairies and fantasy, chapter-book readers will be pleased to welcome these further adventures in Fairy Haven.--Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries, NE

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