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Aurelie, A Faerie Tale

paperback cover art by Larry Rostant

We promised, the three of us. No one would discover that we could see the Fae…

Once upon a time three children and a little river dragon were the best of friends, until a promise was broken. Now they are almost grown up and barely speaking.

Of the four, it is Princess Aurelie who feels the loss the most. How can she prevent a war when she can't even make her friends get along? Heartsick at losing her dearest companions, especially the handsome Garin, Aurelie finds comfort in the music and magic of fairyland. But a princess can't hide from her duties forever. Her country needs her and so do her friends.

 

 Reviews

"Graceful prose leads the reader through a complex chronological narrative and a Shakespearean tangle of love stories… Readers will be left hoping for a sequel after completing this stirring read. -- Booklist (starred review)

"[A] fantasy in which readers' expectations are upended-particularly well suited to a tale on the borderland of human and Fae." -- The Horn Book 

"Tomlinson immerses readers in a world of intrigue and magic with surprisingly clarity... Vivid descriptions and intricate plot twists convey that most traditional element of all faerie stories—the misunderstandings between humans and the Fae despite the best intentions. " -- Kirkus Reviews

“Aurelie is a wonderful introduction to the world of Faerie, one which is consistent with traditional myths—such as sighting ointment and faerie revels—yet keeps the lore from becoming overwhelming by limiting its scope.” -- KLIATT

"charming young-adult fantasy" -- Locus 

"Political intrigue, star-crossed lovers, and the intermingling of two distinct worlds make for an exciting and intricate tale." -- School Library Journal

 

Honors

2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year

 

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