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Celia and the Fairies (The Watchful Woods Book 1) Kindle Edition
A Q&A with Karen McQuestion
Question: You’re a bestselling women’s fiction author with your novels A Scattered Life and Easily Amused. What drove you to try your hand at children’s literature?
Karen McQuestion: I have a confession to make: I never outgrew children’s books and I still read them to this day. A good kids’ book can be completely engrossing, transporting the reader to a whole new world. I clearly remember the joy I felt when first reading A Wrinkle in Time, Harriet the Spy, and the books of Edward Eager. I wanted to try my hand at writing for younger readers to see if I could create the same experience for others.
Question: What inspired the plot of Celia and the Fairies?
Karen McQuestion: Fireflies! Growing up I was always fascinated by the flashing glow of fireflies at night. Something about them seemed magical, and from a distance it was easy to imagine that they might be fairies. And who knows? Maybe sometimes the lights we assume to be fireflies are indeed fairies. I like to think that almost anything is possible.
As a kid reader, I loved stories where the main character was someone like me, an average person going about their usual routine of school and home, when something extraordinary occurs. And in Celia and the Fairies, that’s exactly what happens. I guess I wrote the kind of book I would have loved when I was young.
Question: What do you hope kids who read the book will take away from it?
Karen McQuestion: A few adult readers have said that Celia and the Fairies has a good message, and it does, but I’m glad that I haven’t gotten that same comment from kids. Instead, they talk about how much they love the scenes with the fairies, and how exciting it was when Celia had to venture out into the woods alone to save the day. I hope first and foremost to tell an entertaining story, and if a good message goes along with it, that’s fine, too.
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- ASIN : B08ZJGJQV5
- Publisher : NIGHTSKY PRESS (March 18, 2021)
- Publication date : March 18, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1241 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 143 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #145,307 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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In this book, we are allowed to enter into Celia's life and her family's history. We get to see McQuestion's version of the fairy world and the role fairies play in our world. And we get to wonder how it's all going to work out in the end (we're pretty sure that it will).
The chapters are short. Very short. I'd say that 3 pages per chapter is the average. This makes this book a nice transition book for bedtime stories if you're moving away from picture books. (As another reviewer mentioned, McQuestion does let the cat out of the bag about Santa, so if you're still maintaining that Santa is real, you'll need to re-word or skip that paragraph.) McQuestion also does that thing I remember from kid's chapter books when I was growing up, where the end of each chapter is a bit of a cliffhanger.
All and all, a great little book. I definitely recommend it for ages 5 and up.
Going back to one's childhood day's bring's back so many wonderful memories and this book did just that.
I am sure that the youngsters who read this book will remember it forever and this story also sends an important message about being good vs being bad to children. I also could of played Grandmother Celia and relate stories like this to my children and grandchildren and hopefully my great grandchildren.
I am an avid reader of myster/light thriller,light romance but I have to say that after I read one of Karen's books I was and am absolutely hooked on the way she writes and when one of her books comes to Kindle I put aside my mystery book or whatever else I am reading and start on Karen's stories.
Another Great read Karen for the youngsters and the oldsters !!!! Keep them coming. If all your future stories equal the quality of the six that I have read of your's, I am going to start saying Ditto...Ditto...Ditto
I am old enough to be a grandmother but felt myself being caught up in the fantasy of this book just like I was a kid again.
I love fairies anyway, so to read a book that brought them to life like this did has me smiling a great big smile.
I promise you will love Mira and the gang of other fairies as they interact with Celia.
Stay on the lookout for some valuable life lessons with this book.
I highly recommend this book for readers of all ages.
deals with issues of friendship, love, faith, and determination with a deft hand. It's ideal to read to even younger children, or even older ones with reading problems or who lack the sophistication to tackle books like Harry Potter. It instructs without scolding and even in the case of describing the misdeeds of Vicky McClutchy, an evil, nasty person, it doesn't do so in such a manner as to
frighten even the youngest of children.
Of course there's the magic and the fairies which we all love and, traditionally, it all ends happily ever after.
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Then came a long passage where the grandma was telling her story and the lead character in the story kept interrupting her. This was annoying - both for me as the reader and for my seven-year-old who said "Why can't she just SHUT UP and listen?" Hmm. My sentiments, too.
The child was no longer interested after Chapter 4, so I continued the story myself and I can't say my opinion of it improved much. It was very "American" with very little of fairy 'softness' about it - the head fairy was a strident leader of a hierarchical fairy structure; the "baddie" had no redeaming features and the heroine was MUCH too nice, her only apparant failing being eavesdropping on her parents and treating them as if she was the adult and they the children.
I found it an unsattisfactory read with shallow, single-aspect characters. I'm sure this is not necessary in a children's book aimed at pre-teens. To my mind, if a child was old enough to read this for themselves, then complex characters and plots are certainly not beyond them.
Mira the chive fairy tells Celia about finding a flute .... but Celia realizes that the flute is broken...
A fab book.recommended for 8-11.
Hope you enjoy
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