This is the second book in my unconnected young adult comedy series, and it features hilarious references to characters in the first book, The Teenager's Guide to Surviving a Horror Film, which was a 2020 IPNE young adult award finalist.
I am a spirit. No, not a spirit guide. I am Astrid, the spirit of a star.
After Astrid, the celestial princess and north star, is cast from heaven to be a narrator, she falls into a wishing well. Emmie, an innocent thirteen-year-old genius, makes a wish on Astrid’s star that changes her classmates’ lives forever.
They’re stolen into a magical world with wondrous people.
They encounter eight dwarves running A’Dwarfable Diamond Couture, the owners of Fabulous Fairy Godmother Boutique, Queen Scarlet of the Wolves, murderous Prince Edwin, purrfect Prince Leo, and more.
During cases of mistaken identity, the teens trade roles with classic characters. But their quirky personalities change the fairy tale’s script. Usagi is a Judo master, Jake is a painfully shy Korean flower boy, Francis is in love with himself, Emmie is a bullied genius, Danielle is prideful and dramatic, Aurora has a service dog named Prince, Kris is a kleptomaniac, Sammie is a surfer, and Sunflower is a hippie.
Together, will they grant Emmie’s wish? Or will they be stuck in a fairy tale forever?
Can they win the battle in the land of Fragmented Glass against the Ice Queen?
"I bought this book for my daughter Riley. She read it in three nights over Christmas break. She said that it's got lots of laughs and that it kept her going. She liked the story about trying to escape a fairy tale world and that each character was given time to shine. She loved Prince the most, the service dog that was dropped into a fairy tale world. The book she read before this was a Terry Prachett's the Wee free men and she said it held up against it for laughs. She looks forward to more work from the writer."
Astrid’s banishment from the sky to the ground to act as narrator for a group of adventurers is a unique concept that lends itself well to the fairy tale genre. The adventure elements and humor work perfectly in combination with the writing style and the young protagonists to make the story fun, energetic, and engaging. The chapter titles are clever and humorous, as well, and they fit the fairy tale profile while also being reminiscent of Howl’s Moving Castle.
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