Fairy Realm: The Water Sprites
HarperCollins, October, 2005.
Hardcover, 13 pages.
Little girls simply devour the Fairy Realm books by Emily Rodda. The series centers on Jessie a young girl whose grandmother is the true ruler of the Fairy Realm (she left to marry Jessie's Grandfather). When her grandmother's magical charm bracelet went missing, Jessie had to help her grandmother save the Fairy Realm. Now Jessie makes frequent trips to the Fairy Realm. In this eighth adventure, Jessie receives an invitation to a party in Liralee village. Jessie's friends Giff the Elf and Maybelle the miniature horse are also going to the party. On the way to the party, Jessie gets waylaid by the Water Sprites whose Finding Pool is drying up because someone has built a dam up the river. Jessie removes the dam, helping the Water Sprites, but her actions cause despair in Liralee village because a newborn baby was swept down the river to the Finding Pool. By ancient law, whatever ends up in the Finding Pool is the property of the Water Sprites. And because the Sprites' Moon Stone has been stolen, they are in no mood to cooperate with the Liraleeans. It's is up to Jessie once again to solve the mystery of the thefts and restore peace to the realm.
The Fairy Realm series is aimed at a the elementary-school audience, and is very lighthearted. There are no dark passages or horror elements: just a fun mystery, a magical, beautiful world and just enough adventure to thrill a young girl. The talented and prolific Emily Rodda knows just how to pique a young girl's interest: this is the eighth adventure in the series which shows no signs of faltering. This is a must-read for anyone who loves fairies and is looking for a sweet, wholesome read.
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This review was published in the December-January, 2005 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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