The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Valente, C. M., & Juan, A. (2011). The girl who circumnavigated Fairyland in a ship of her own making. New York: Feiwel and Friends.


A whimsical story detailing the adventures of a young girl swept away to the magical Fairyland. September, a twelve-year-old girl from Omaha, Nebraska, is visited by a Green Wind one night and invited on an adventure to Fairyland. All too eager to leave her mundane life behind, September hops onto the back of a flying leopard, and is taken to Fairyland. There  she’s sent on a request to retrieve a magical object and save Fairyland. September is a delightful main character, with admirable problem solving skills. While the fantasy world is clearly well developed, the book is initially off putting with the excessive jargon used in the dialogue. However, once September’s journey begins, readers will be thrown into a world of witches, a flying leopard, and a wyvern (the creature on the cover who looks like a dragon) sidekick. VERDICT: Great for fantasy lovers and readers who don’t mind dense, wordy books.

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2 thoughts on “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

  1. Thank you for the link! I read some SLJ reviews before writing it. The reviews I read seemed to focus a lot of summarizing the books, so I tried to blend in both a summary and critique.

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