Middle School: a whole new adventure - or a whole new chance to mess things up. It's a year of firsts for Amanda, Audrey, and Linda. First school dance, first chance to solve a crime, first serious rift in their friendship. And now a boy has joined the Fearsome Threesome. When life gets tough, the tough get reading! In this second installment of The UnFairy Tale, it's Audrey-in-the-fairy-tale who goes adventuring, with a little help from a Water Sprite and a Dwarf. Along the way there's danger, and romance, and everyone gets a little closer to Happily Ever After.

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A Note to Educators and Parents: Special Topics Covered In The Book

Kids' books are so often presented as a lesson in morality, and I really dislike that trend. Every well-written book has a message (whether the book is intended for adults or for children), but nobody picks up a novel saying, "I'd sure like to be taught a lesson today." I hope children and adults alike will read the books because the characters are irrestistably irascible and full of flaws, but ultimately loveable (like the reader), and because they have great adventures as they battle evil within and outside themselves. Having said all that, the Unfairy Tale characters experience the trials and triumphs of kids their age, and readers get to tag along as the characters grow and learn.


Amanda and her friends have to learn how to face a bully without becoming bullies themselves. Their first attempt fails miserably, but they do learn a little compassion in the long run.


Amanda also learns to put herself in another's shoes: an enemy-turned-friend whose mother is ill, her little brother (a Person, not just a Pest?), and even Clarence the Bug-Eyed Creep.

Non-violent Conflict Resolution

Amanda has to confront the fact that her tendency to speak without thinking can be hurtful.


In the second book, the characters grapple with the dangers of treating those who are different as somehow "less than" the familiar.


They also learn a little about loyalty, and sticking by your friends even when they are being Utterly Unpleasant (without, of course, joining them in their bad behavior).

Accepting Yourself

Audrey learns to accept herself for who she is, not who she thinks her parents want her to be, the movie star whose name she bears, the shy Audrey-in-the-fairy-tale, or any other externally-imposed persona.


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My daughter ADORES your book. She always has a stack of books from the library she's working on, and has read hundreds of books. She participates in the Battle of the Books as well as a youth book review program. I just wanted to tell you that she finished your first book last night and told me it is now one of her FAVORITES! You rank with the Harry Potter, Fablehaven, Gregor, and Hunger Games series to her . . . She's already lamenting that you only have 2 books in your Unfairy Tale series and hopes you have more in the works! . . . Thanks for capturing my daughter's imagination!

From the Mother of Emma, age 11

The Unfairy Tale, by Shari Lane, is a fun new tale for any reader looking to escape from the troubles of everyday life. Ten-year-old Amanda Grand still loves snuggling in close to her mother to read a grand new adventure. Their newest story is The Unfairy Tale, the story of a young girl who joins a prince on his journey to save the princess to whom he is betrothed. Surprisingly, Amanda soon discovers that she has a lot in common with the heroine in this book. Soon The Unfairy Tale becomes more than entertainment, and instead becomes a way to cope with her non-fairytale life, and a chance to extend the hand of friendship to those she least expected to befriend. Shari Lane’s book, The Unfairy Tale, is a story that is sure to delight readers of books like The Princess Bride and The Neverending Story. With whimsical flair, Lane weaves both the fairy tale Amanda is being told with the story of her everyday life. Anyone who has ever had to cope with the constant interruptions that occur while reading to children are sure to be amused with the commentary and questions Amanda has throughout her readings of The Unfairy Tale. This would be a wonderful addition to classrooms or the library of any upper elementary age students as it has wonderful lessons on how to cope with bullies and how to befriend those who may seem unworthy of friendship. I would highly recommend this story to parents and teachers, and I hope to read more from Shari Lane.

Tania Staley

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Humor is the strength of this novel . . . The dialogue is lively and comic . . . . The prose is exuberant, appealingly happy about its own inventiveness. It's wonderfully entertaining, but it's also instructive in showing how the imagination thrives on vivid details and a love of surprises . . . . The ending . . . is funny and satisfying.

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Don't forget to check out the first installment of The UnFairy Tale Series!

A tactless peasant girl, a kingdomless king, an enchanted bear, a diminutive dragon, and a less than perfect boy battle the evil Wamlock. Their story is read by Amanda and her friends, fifth grade girls looking for a break from the reality of geography tests, Clarence the Bug-Eyed Creep, and family crises. Their lives intersect mysteriously with the lives of the fairy-tale characters, leaving the girls to wonder whether there isn't some magic at work after all.
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About Author

Shari Lane

I have been writing since I could hold a pencil - just as soon as I learned to read, I wanted to create my own stories. My first full-length novel was written when I was nine (it involved guinea pigs with magical lives by night, who turned into slippers by day). I love a well-written tale (regardless of the targeted age), dogs (the bigger, hairier, and slobberier the better), chocolate, and my family - not necessarily in that order!

Favorite books when I was growing up: A Wrinkle in Time and A Wind in the Door, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Narnian Chronicles (especially Prince Caspian), The Three Children and It, Nothing Said, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, David and the Phoenix, and the Anne of Green Gables series. There are a couple of hidden treasures in that list, so I challenge you to check them all out!

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