Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

For Younger Readers

First Aid for Faeries and Other Fabled Beasts by Lari Don

Adolescent Fantasy

Helen's first love is music and she has little time or attention for her mother's veterinary skills until the night a centaur crashes into her life.  The centaur needs lots of help, and not just the medical kind.  He reluctantly enlists Helen to help him correct a mistake he made.  Helen teams up with the centaur, a shape-shifting selkie, a cranky dragon and a very Tinkerbell-like fairy to fix their mistake, the theft of an important book, before their parents find out, and before it falls into some very wrong hands.

This was a very clean book, absolutely nothing inappropriate in it so parents could hand it to a young reader with no fear.  It is probably best for elementary readers and would probably not be of interest to teens.  The British, or Welsh, setting was very new to me and enjoyable.  It seemed to be one of those books that could be read in any time---just a good, old-fashioned fantasy adventure story.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for your lovely review. I love reading good old-fashioned adventures myself, so I’m delighted that you think I’ve written one! I’m also delighted that First Aid for Fairies introduced you to a new setting – the series is set in Scotland, but I am inspired by tales of magic and fabled beasts from Wales, Ireland and England as well as Scotland across the four books. Thanks again, and keep up all the great reviewing!