Reviews for Wings : A Fairy Tale


Booklist Reviews 2008 May #2
By the author of The Frog Princess (2002) and its sequels, this fantasy introduces Tamisin, a high-school student who thinks she's a little different and discovers just how different she really is. Able to see goblins on Halloween nights and to dance with unearthly grace, she suddenly sprouts wings and learns her parents adopted her as a baby. Meanwhile, a handsome half-goblin is sent into Tamisin's neighborhood to gain her trust and transport her back to his world. On their journey, Tamisin encounters fairies, a unicorn, and other magical creatures as she tries to learn more about her parentage while avoiding the many treacherous beings who threaten her. With several very different settings, a multitude of characters with their own subplots, and plenty of well-developed background to be filled in, the story loses focus a bit from time to time. But Baker always brings it back to Tamisin, whose identity lies at the heart of the story. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Fall
Tamisin doesn't know she's half-fairy until her cute new classmate, Jak, himself half-goblin, takes her away to the fairy world. Is it a kidnapping or a rescue? It's hard to tell, but creatures far more unsavory than Jak are in pursuit. Fairy-loving readers will be charmed by the story's classic magical outcast fantasy setup. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2008 April #2
There's the mortal world, and then there's the world of the fey--where they touch are doors that only the fey can use. When Tamisin was 11, she began seeing goblins on Halloween; as the goblins become aware that she has this ability, adventures ensue. Halflings in both worlds have a hard time and struggle with prejudicial treatment, which readers and Tamisin both learn as half-goblin and new-boy-at-school Jak's story unfolds. As Tamisin struggles with pointed ears and the sudden onset of wings growing out of her back, her origins become clear. Gradually the human world fades in importance as adventures in the world of the fey take over, with magical happenings closer to fairy tales than real life. Tamisin discovers her place in a world ruled by Titania, the Queen of the fairies, and she finds that Jak's halfling status brings them together to defeat the goblins' evil intent. This relinquishment of the real world is a loss, since 15-year-old Tamisin's friends and family are more compelling characters than the fey. For fairy fans only. (Fiction. 10-14) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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Library Media Connection Reviews 2008 August/September
Many authors have tried to reach multiple audiences with one book, and once in a while it happens successfully. This is one of those few. Although the main characters, Tamisin and Jak, are in high school during most of the story, there is sufficient action prior to that time that will interest the older junior high crowd. In addition, the story is a fantasy, complete with fairies, goblins, and other strange creatures. There are battles and romance, and even a few comic relief characters. When Tamisin sprouts wings, she discovers that she is a fairy who was adopted by humans. In seeking her birth mother and answers from fairyland, she realizes her adoptive parents' love for her. There are a few flaws; the transitions between flashbacks seemed a bit rough to me. Overall, I enjoyed the story, and wouldn't hesitate to point students to it. Even the flashback flaw isn't bad enough to throw the storyline off. This is one of the better stories I've read in recent months. Recommended. David Lininger, Library Media Specialist, Hickory County R-1 Schools, Urbana, Missouri ¬ 2008 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2008 November

Gr 6-9--From the premise that Titania's night with the donkey-headed Bottom-as depicted in A Midsummer Night's Dream--resulted in a halfling child, Baker spins this modern fairy tale. Although she's used to being different, 15-year-old Tamasin is surprised when wings suddenly sprout from her back and her parents reveal that she was adopted. Meanwhile, in the land of the fey, Jak, another halfling, struggles to fit in with his goblin family. When his uncle sends him to the human world on a special mission to find and bring back a particular girl, he seizes the chance to prove himself. Jak meets Tamasin at school and invites her to a Halloween party. Together they fall through a gate and into the middle of a rebellion in the fairy world, pitting her birth mother, Titania, against his goblin uncle. Jak and Tamasin's friendship grows as they learn about one another and try to remain alive. Readers experience events from both teens' perspectives as the third-person narrative moves back and forth in time, alternating points of view. The author has left open the possibility of further adventures for Jak and Tamasin, but awkward transitions and far too many coincidentally helpful magic abilities make it hard to believe in this particular fairy world.--Kathleen Isaacs, Towson University, MD

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