The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne P. Valente is another great read for young adults, and anyone with an open imagination who love a good story (just don’t go trying to say the title quickly!!)

September is a girl, just a regular girl, like Alice, or Dorothy. September dreams of something more … and, when the chance comes to go with the Green Wind, and ride the Leopard of Little Breezes she jumps (quite literally out the window) and leaves the world behind for Fairyland (without even waving goodbye to her parents).

And, lucky for Fairyland she has arrived, as the land of amazing possibilities has been regulated with customs and taxes under the rule of The Marquess … the complete opposite to what it was during the reign of Good Queen Mallow.

So, with only one shoe, a dress of orange and a smoking jacket of green, September starts her adventure, she meets some witches, Hello, Goodbye and Manythanks and then A-Through-L a Wyvern (whose father is a library), and many others before having to make one of those decisions that is really quite grown up for a girl of 12 … she rescues a Marid called Saturday, and then circumnavigates Fairyland in a ship of her own making to finish the story, and be home for dinner.

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2 thoughts on “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making”

  1. Taylor says:

    I read The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland and I absolutely loved it. Would you possibly be able to recommend me any books that are similar to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland or any such other books I would enjoy? Some of my favourite books include The Princess Bride by William Goldman, Stardust by Neil Gaiman, The Night Circus by Erin Morgernstern, The Redemption of Althalus by David and Leigh Eddings, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge, The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini and The Tapestry Series by Henry H Neff. I don’t like Paranormal YA (e.g. Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, Twilight, Vampire Diaries, etc) or chickflick or erotica. Thanks heaps for your help!

    1. Jen says:

      Hi Taylor,

      Glad you enjoyed it! The next book in the series, ‘The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There’, will be out in paperback in January (we’re getting it added to the Co-op Online today).

      I’ve put together a ‘wishlist’ with some recommendations for you based on what you’ve said you like from authors you haven’t mentioned –

      Some are YA, and some are written for adults, and a few are book 1 in a series which may then keep you going for a while. There is a paranormal title in there, Soulless, and believe me it isn’t anything like ‘Hush Hush’ etc (read them all and they are not in the same realm of writing).

      If you read any from the list make sure you let me know what you thought.


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