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Monday, March 2, 2015

(MMGM) The Boy Who Lost Fairyland Blog Tour {spolight and giveaway}

I'm thrilled to have The Boy Who Lost Fairyland Blog Tour stopping by today for Day 2 of the 4th Annual March MG Madness!

The Boy Who Lost Fairyland
(Fairyland #4)
by Catherynne M. Valente
Macmillan Kids

The Fairyland series is headed in an exciting direction. A young troll named Hawthorn is stolen from Fairyland by the Golden Wind, and becomes a changeling in our world, a place no less bizarre than Fairyland in his eyes. Left with a human family in Chicago, Hawthorn struggles with his troll nature and his changeling fate. 

When he turns twelve, he stumbles upon a way back home, to a Fairyland changed. An Endless Summer lies upon the land; powerful Fairies want to claim the world again—and rumors fly through the capital that ancient King Goldmouth is awakening with a terrible hunger. Hawthorn finds himself at the center of a changeling revolution—until he comes face to face with a beautiful young Scientiste with very large and ungainly feet and a mole on her left cheek, and a very big, very red assistant.

Time magazine has praised Catherynne M. Valente's Fairyland books as "one of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century." In this fourth installment of her saga, Valente 's wisdom and wit will charm readers of all ages.

Praise for previous books in the series:
Readers may wish the words were food, so they could eat them up. And they may keep reading this series for just as long as people have been arguing about Oz. (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

A glorious balancing act between modernism and the Victorian Fairy Tale, done with heart and wisdom. (Neil Gaiman, Newbery Award-winning author of The Graveyard Book)

September is a clever, fun, stronghearted addition to the ranks of bold, adventurous girls. Valente's subversive storytelling is sheer magic. (Tamora Pierce, author of The Immortals series)

A mad, toothsome romp of a fairy tale--full of oddments, whimsy, and joy. (Holly Black, author of the Spiderwick Chronicles)

When I say that this book reminds me simultaneously of E. Nesbit, James Thurber, and the late Eva Ibbotson, I don't mean to take anything awy from its astonishing originality. It's a charmer from the first page, managing the remarkable parlay of being at once ridiculously funny and surprisingly suspenseful. Catherynne Valente is a find, at any age! (Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn)

This is a kind of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by way of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland--it's the sort of book one doesn't want to end. (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

[Fairyland creates] a world as bizarre and enchanting as any Wonderland or Oz and a heroine as curious, resourceful and brave as any Alice or Dorothy. Complex, rich and memorable. (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

This book is quite simply a gold mine. (Booklist, starred review)

Amusing, wrenching, and thought-provoking. (The Horn Book)

Catherynne M. Valente is the author of over a dozen books of fiction and poetry. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her husband, two dogs, and an enormous cat. Visit her online at or on Twitter

Ana Juan is a world-renowned illustrator best known in this country for her wonderful New Yorker magazine covers. She lives in Spain. Visit her online at

Win a finished copy of
The Boy Who Lost Fairyland!
Macmillan Kids has generously offered up one copy.
-US/CAN only
-ends 3/8
-must be 13+ to enter
-winner will be emailed and must claim prize within 48 hours
-Word Spelunking is not responsible for lost, damaged, stolen prizes

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Yvonne said...

Catherynne is such an amazing writer. I can't begin to tell you how thrilled I was when I discovered during the cover reveal for The Boy Who Lost Fairyland that the series wasn't a trilogy. Ana Juan's artwork is wonderful...making the book a work of art both inside and out. Thank you Macmillan publishing for generously donating a to book to make this giveaway possible.

anne s. said...

would love for an opportunity to win this book and put it in the hands of my middle school age children!

Carl Scott said...

Thanks very much for the chance to win a copy of The Boy Who Lost Fairyland. It's greatly appreciated.

Jillyn said...

I haven't read any of Catherynne M. Valente's books but they always look so good! Thanks for the chance to win.

Unknown said...

I am really enjoying the Fairyland series - Catherynne's writing is so beautiful and her stories are so whimsical. They offer a great escape for me.

Ashley said...

This is such a great series and I am really excited to read this newest book. I will admit I was initially hesitant when I heard September wasn't going to be the main character, but I can't wait to meet Hawthorne. This series is just so well-written.

Britt said...

i love all things fae but it was the grgeous covers that first drew me to this book. I cant wait to pet i mean own this one.

Bluerose said...

I read the first book in this series, and I've been wanting to read the rest of them. I'm thrilled there's a 4th one!

Batch of Books said...

I love this author. Her books always take me a little while to really get into, but once I do, I can never get enough of them. Once my kids are a little older, I plan on reading the Fairyland series to them. :)

aLilLacey said...

I'm reading the second book in this series right now and I love it! Such imagination and creativity!

Unknown said...

Can't wait to re-read the series and add this one to the end.