The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente refers to September, a 14-year-old girl, who departs from her usual routine and goes to Fairyland motivated by missing her Fairyland friends. Through total chaos, September regains “her car” and treks to the moon. At the moon, September meets her friends and learns that there is a strange yeti Ciderskin causing fatal destructions to the moon. September finds out that a missing yeti’s paw was cut out by fairies and is their only chance in defeating the evil yeti. Will September find the paw and defeat the sinister yeti?
This is a beautifully written book, reflecting the wonderful author’s craft. The story is a powerful book presenting unique perspectives of the author’s philosophy through turning it into a fantastic story. The author embeds themes of identity and asks whether you are in control of your fate. The book has a fascinating storyline and stirring scenes especially when September finds a fortuneteller that reveals her future. On the other hand, the author sometimes uses complex words that feel too intricate, making the plot and details harder to understand, but still creates a really amazing scene. This book should be for more advanced readers in the upper middle school, or if you like the other books of the Fairyland series this book will a good choice for you. Any advanced fantasy reader should give it a chance. (4 stars)