My Very UnFairy Tale Life by Anna Staniszewski

“You know all those stories that claim fairies cry sparkle tears and elves travel by rainbow? They’re lies. All lies. No one tells you the truth until it’s too late. And then all you can do is run like crazy while a herd of unicorns tries to kill you.”

Jenny has become somewhat disillusioned with her new life as an Adventurer who helps magical creatures in other worlds solve their problems and get out of predicaments. She’s had enough of dangerous situations in which her only “weapons” are the cheesy sayings that pop into her head at crisis moments, such as “Why can’t we all just get along?” or “There’s no I in team!” And Jenny’s magical guide Anthony the gnome isn’t much help: he’s more interested in the snack selection than he is in rescuing Jenny from danger. Jenny just wants to have normal friends and a normal life again. She wants to quit being an adventurer.

But the job is not so easy to walk away from. When the kingdom of Speak needs her help to free them from the terrible clown sorcerer Klarr and his silence spell, Jenny must find a way to face her fears and make things right, especially when the spell affects Jenny herself.

This one is just for fun. Although the narrator, Jenny, is twelve years old, the book would probably appeal to seven to ten year olds and be a little too silly for most older middle grade readers. After all, Jenny becomes mouthless (yes, she actually ends up without a mouth) a few chapters in, and that’s a weird and silly picture to envision. Recommend it to any young readers looking for a light, funny, fairy tale-ish read that won’t require a lot of emotional or intellectual investment.

There’s a sequel due out in March, 2013: My Epic Fairy Tale Fail.

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