in a Ship of Her Own Making
by Catherynne M. Valente
illustrated by Ana Juan
Published: Feiwel & Friends
Publisher: May 10, 2011
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Hardback: 256 pages
Description from the amazon:
Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland.
The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.
With exquisite illustrations by acclaimed artist Ana Juan, Fairyland lives up to the sensation it created when the author first posted it online. For readers of all ages who love the charm of Alice in Wonderland and the soul of The Golden Compass, here is a reading experience unto itself: unforgettable, and so very beautiful.
A quest, she thought, excitement rising in her like bread, a real quest like a real knight, and she doesen't even see that I'm short and I don't have a sword. - page 35, chapter 3
Surely a gem of a book with lots of gold nugget ideas to live by.
And, plenty of whimsy and illustrations to make you twirl with delight ;-D
* ARC review copy courtesy of publisher
* part of Alice in WhoLand event