The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz

While enjoying Snowzilla, the blizzard that blanketed the mid-Atlantic region this week, I wanted to read a sweet book.  Something fun, happy, and light.  While looking through my TBR pile, my eyes landed on the stunning cover of Laura Amy Schlitz’s new novel, The Night Fairy. I knew immediately that it was exactly the book and story I was looking for. And I was right.

Lyrical prose, stunning full-color artwork, and a fantastic fairy with spunk combine in this winning novel. Flory is a night fairy, born just before midnight. When she is not yet three months old, a bat accidentally breaks her wing. Suddenly sentenced to a life without flight, Flory is devastated. She makes her way to a “giant’s” garden, an older human woman. In the garden she finds a birdhouse, which she makes into her home. No taller than an acorn, Flory is all alone. She is forced to become a day fairy and must keep herself safe from birds, praying mantises, and other fairy predators. But in the end, this is a story of strength and friendship- Flory is stronger than she gives herself credit and she also needs more help than she is willing to admit.

This stunning middle grade novel is sure to be a hit with fairy lovers, nature lovers, and those who love to use their imagination. The prose is stunning and lyrical. And while it may sound like a simple fairy tale on the surface, you quickly realize that Flory is a strong female character. One minute she is fighting off predators, the next she is decorating her home. Later she might be saving the life of a hummingbird while risking her own, and then spending time gazing at the moon. She is beauty, strength, innocence, and love rolled into one very small, acorn-sized package. I imagine this will be the perfect book for girls who love fairy books but desire something a little deeper than the trendy, novelty books so often published. It will also make the perfect bedtime story. I’d recommend it for 9-10 year olds, but I also know a lot of my own 6th graders will love this book. I’d be thrilled to hand it to them because the writing is just gorgeous.

*ARC courtesy of the publisher