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Small Magics: A Short Story by [Alethea Kontis]

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"A veritable badass fairy princess." --Jim Butcher

"Alethea Kontis IS fairy tales." --Jim C. Hines, author of

"Alethea Kontis: Awesome, racks up award nominations, wears tiaras." --Ferrett Steinmetz, author of

"I want to live in [Alethea's] head because I think that might be the most interesting place in the world!!!!" --Ellen Oh, author of

"Alethea Kontis, the woman who writes like Shakespeare would if he were alive today." --Aaron Pound

"The beauty of a princess, the confidence of a queen, the brilliance of awriter, and the demeanor of a cheerful fairy comedian!" --Cheyenne Z.

"This was the story before all of the other stories, and it was the othertales that were changed over time." --Nerdophiles, on

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"In a family steeped in oral tradition, my father is the consummate storyteller. He tells tales of our ancestors, his childhood, his friends, his trips around the world. So inevitably, the first stories I ever wrote in school were essays about my crazy life--or the crazy, magical life of the girl I could have been--but they were always about me.

Sometime around the age of eleven, I was moping around the house (as eleven-year-olds do). I slumped at my mother's feet and whined, "Tell me what to write."

"Go write me a fairy tale," she said. "A new one."

I suppose if I hadn't been moping quite so loudly, I would have heard the world click again. Like it did later that year, when I met Casey.

She was a bit of a misfit, like me. She had thick glasses, a mouth full of braces,a mop of long, curly champagne blonde hair, and a soul like sunshine. She was affectionately called "Beaker" by the popular kids, but she would just smile at them and retreat back into her own little world...her own little world full of books and princesses and unicorns and notepads and pencils. A little world very much like my own. We didn't pass notes in class--we passed a notebook. Whenever we got bored of one world, we'd just make up a new one.

She was my first heroine."

--from "The Princess with Butterfly Wings"

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B004W82LG2
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ AK (April 11, 2011)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 11, 2011
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3299 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 34 pages
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New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, storm chaser, and adventurer. She has authored over 20 books and 50 short stories, including AlphaOops: The Day Z Went First (Candlewick), Enchanted (HMH) and Prince Phillip’s Birthday Waltz (Disney). Alethea has received the Jane Yolen Mid-List Author Grant, the Scribe Award, the Garden State Teen Book Award, and is a two-time winner of the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award. She has been twice nominated for both the Andre Norton Nebula and the Dragon Award. Alethea also narrates stories for multiple award-winning online magazines and contributes regular book reviews to NPR. Born in Vermont, she currently resides on the Space Coast of Florida with her teddy bear, Charlie. Find out more about Princess Alethea at

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