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    Thursday, October 12, 2006

    Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
    The fairy Lucinda has struck again -- this time with a magic mirror. But the story actually begins with Aza. Left at an inn as a baby and adopted by the innkeepers, blessed with a gorgeous voice but cursed with a body and face that make people stare and be rude, Aza has only ever wanted to be beautiful. When the opportunity comes for her to accompany a duchess to a royal wedding, she thrills at the prospect but horrors that she will feel ugly. And she does. But a little less so when the new queen befriends her -- but then wants to use Aza's vocal talents for her own purposes. And yes, Queen Ivi is beautiful -- and will do anything to remain the fairest in the land.
    Like Ella Enchanted, this is another retelling of a classic fairy tale -- but not completely obviously. It's a story of Snow White, a beautiful queen, little men who mine, singing, and love. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read with a tidy resolution (though I'll admit I was hoping to learn -- oh never mind -- wouldn't want to spoil it for you!). Particularly good for girls who like a little magic and fantasy in their books.
    Y FICTION Levine
    Check the website for the trailer to the movie that comes out Dec 15!
    Gothic Rain, an e-zine for young adult wiccans, witches, and pagans is looking for submissions. So if you fall between the ages of 13-24 and want to submit, check out the submission hints page on the site. Gothic Rain is run by author Gwinevere Rain.

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