October is an ordinary girl. From her plain looks to her average grades, there seems to be nothing special about her. Then, three days before her eighteenth birthday, she develops a strange itch that won't go away, and her life is turned upside down.Read more...
October is an ordinary girl. From her plain looks to her average grades, there seems to be nothing special about her. Then, three days before her eighteenth birthday, she develops a strange itch that won't go away, and her life is turned upside down. Suddenly, she can hear dogs talk, make crows fly, and two new and very handsome boys at school are vying for her affections. After she starts "transplanting" herself through solid rock, October learns that she is not ordinary at all, but the daughter of a troll princess and a fairy prince, and a pawn in a deadly war between the trolls and the fairies. Now October will have to use all of her growing powers to save her family, and stop a mysterious evil that threatens to destroy the fairy world.
In the fantastical vein of authors such as Julie Kagawa and Holly Black, "Extraordinary October "takes us on a magical journey from the streets of Los Angeles to the beautiful and mythical underground fairy kingdom.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-09-05
- Reviewer: Staff
Wagmans engaging modern fairy tale opens in Los Angeles just before October Fetterhoffs 18th birthday. October is an ordinary teenager until an uncontrollable itch forces her to flee history class. Shortly thereafter, her appearance changes, she grows faster and stronger, and she develops the ability to communicate with animals. October learns that she is a troll-fairy hybrid and that, as the daughter of an exiled troll princess and an exiled fairy prince, shell become queen of both Trolldom and the Fairy Canopy when she turns 18. A cruel and powerful woman wants to rule in Octobers stead, though, so in addition to attending high school and mastering her newfound abilities, October must survive an attempted coup. In her first book for teens, Wagman (Life #6) uses fully fleshed characters and a rich mythology to argue against xenophobia and illustrate the notion that ordinary packages can hide extraordinary things. While the plot is wild and woolly, the storys heart and charm are undeniable, and readers cant help but root for its relatable, down-to-earth heroine. Ages 12up. Agent: Terra Chalberg, Chalberg & Sussman. (Oct.)