Franny and The Land Of Fairies

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
206 Pages
Reviewed on 02/22/2015
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Author Biography

L.A. MALDONADO was born and raised in Pompano Beach, Florida. At the age of 17, he moved to West Texas for the next 16 years. In 2010 he thought it would be a good idea to head back to his roots in home state.

Maldonado now lives in Lehigh Acres, Florida, with his small family and two dogs, Esme and Sammy. He's a fan of most things geeky (think: Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Once Upon A Time, The Walking Dead, all kind of books like Beautiful Creatures, The Vampire Chronicles, Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games, Fear Street, Harry Potter...). He has been in love with books since he was given his first novel on his 8th birthday called "I Know What You Did Last Summer" by Lois Duncan, way before Hollywood ever thought of making a Blockbuster movie out of it.

Everyone who knew him in school says that he is caring, giving, and the brave one out of the group of friends. Every time you see Maldonado, he always has a book in his hand reading. While he was in high school he wrote poems and short stories and had a number of them published in the school newspaper.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite

As an orphan in a large group home, Franny Mireles contented herself with stories of fairies and make-believe lands. Imagine Franny’s surprise one day, on an outing in Highland Park, when she discovers a fairy trapped in a spider’s web. In Franny and The Land of Fairies by L.A. Maldonado, Franny helps Avery back to the secret portal that joins the two worlds and then becomes a fairy herself to go live in Avery’s world. When the two girls reach Avery’s village in the trees, they discover that the townspeople have all been turned to stone by the wicked fairy Regina. Franny and Avery immediately go on a quest to hunt down the White Pearl of Star that may be the key to a spell to return Avery’s tribe to normal. The two fairies meet the pixie Srona, who had been the guardian of the stone, and then the midgets who had stolen it from him. Using common sense and uncommon bravery, Franny and Avery continue on to confront Regina to try to save the fairies. Will they succeed or will Regina’s hunger for power consume them, too?

Franny and The Land of Fairies is a delightful story full of excitement and entertaining characters. L.A. Maldonado has created a magical world in which loyalty, dedication and the power of doing what is right are the keys to solving a problem. Subtly encouraging diversity and the need for different groups to work together for the benefit of all, the example set by Franny and Avery is a positive lesson for all children and grown-ups as well.