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!
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.
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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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!