November 21, 2006

Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg

By Gail Carson Levine
Rating: 3 1/2 stars
Reviewed by Noelle

This novel is set in Never Land and instead of focusing on Peter Pan, Levine tells her story about Tinkerbell and the other Never Land fairies, especially the brand new fairy, Prilla. Prilla seems to have been born without a talent. This is disconcerting news for all the fairies have talents, be it for flying or cooking or water magic or pots and pans. But those concerns are put aside when a hurricane hits Never Land, and it injures Mother Dove and breaks her egg--the magic egg that keeps everyone and everything from aging on the island. Mother Dove also supplies the fairies with the fairy dust they need to do everything from fly to bake, and with her life in danger, the fairies face a horrible future. Mother Dove sends Rani, Prilla and Vidia on an impossible quest--to get 3 precious objects (a mermaid's comb, a feather from the golden hawk, and Captain Hook's cigar holder) and offer them to the evil dragon Kyto for his hoard if he will repair the egg. Can these 3 fairies succeed in time to save Mother Dove and Never Land? And will Prilla be able to find her talent in time to help? A quick, light fantasy read, with color illustrations strewn throughout the pages to add to the fun. Fans of Never Land or readers looking for an enjoyable, easy-to-digest book will like this one.