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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.