Tween books that explore the world of fairies are constantly flying off the shelf at the library. From Tinker Bell to The Fairy Tale Detectives, the magical realm of fairies is a wonderful place where childrens’ imaginations run wild. Tweens between ages 8-13 are especially drawn to this genre and as they get older, YA fiction continues this trend, usually with a darker edge or in the form of a fractured fairy tale.
Since tweens tend to devour these types of books, returning them as quickly as they are checking them out, I’d be a fool to only recommend one. So instead, I am going to recommend multiple fairy titles for tweens with a short and sweet review for each one. Also, since most of these fairy book titles are a part of a larger series, if you love the first one, you can just continue on to the next. Get ready to enter the realm of fairies!
1. Peter and the Starcatchers (series) by Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson and Greg Call, Ages 10 + up. We’re off to Neverland! If you enjoy adventure, humor, fairies & Peter Pan, you’ll be in for a treat with this magical series. On the quest for ‘starstuff’, beware of pirates, mermaids & crocodiles!
2. The Fairie Path (series) by Frewin Jones. Ages 11+up: for a tween who may love Twilight and is interested in the paranormal romance, the Fairie Path series may be just right for you. When Anitha wakes up in the fairy world of ‘Faerie’ as Princess Tania, she discovers that she is being called the lost princess of the realm. Is she really?
3. The Fairy Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm series, Book 1) by Michael Buckley. Ages 9 + up: Enter a world full of fairy tales, where magical creatures are alive and living in the town of Ferryport Landing (the call themseles the Everafters). Now come in two sisters named Daphne & Sabrina, descendants of the storytelling Grimms, who soon find themselves on a fast-pace, magical adventure.
4. How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier. Ages 11+up: In a teenage world where everyone is assigned a fairy, who would want a parking fairy? Not Charlie. Or how about the ‘make all the boys like you’ fairy? Too bad, Fiorenze has that one. So if you didn’t have the fairy you really wanted, what would you? Find out what Charlie does in this fun fairy tale.
5. Gossamer by Lois Lowry, Ages 10+ up: Little is training to become a dream-giver, a fairy like creature who can enter people’s dreams. While not a fairy per-say, the dream-givers are very similar in their magical-like abilities to heal in dreams through happy memory giving.
Younger Tween Notables (age 7+ up)
1. The Charm Bracelet (Fairy Realm series, Book 1) by Emily Rodda and Raoul Vitale: What would you do if you found yourself transported into the fairy realm? When Jessica finds herself in this exact situation, she must complete a quest to find her grandmother’s lost bracelet, encountering a beautiful fairy world full of magical creatures.
2. Disney Fairies Graphic Novel series (1-8): Graphic novels featuring Disney’s Tinker Bell, off on thrilling adventures in Pixie Hollow. Titles include: Prilla’s Talent, Tinker Bell & The Wings of Rani, Tinker Bell & The Day of the Dragon, Tinker Bell to the Rescue, Tinker Bell & the Pirate Adventure, A Present for Tinker Bell, Tinker Bell the Perfect Fairy,and Tinker Bell & Her Stories for a Rainy Day.
Highly Recommended Resources:
Regina Marler’s Field Guide to Fairies. NY Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/08/books/review/Marler-t.html
Story Snoops’ Fairyland. http://www.storysnoops.com/results.php?type=tween&list=Fairyland
Wans and Worlds’ Books about Fairies. http://www.wandsandworlds.com/books/a/11/st/subject
Grand Rapids Public Library Wikipedia (GRLPedia). Fairy Books for Teens. http://www.grpl.org/wiki/index.php/Fairy_Books_for_Teens
I know there are many, many more fairy books out there, but I cannot read them all by myself! So if you have any recommendations for a great tween- age fairy book , please comment below!