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Catherynne M. Valente

Biography

Catherynne M. Valente

Catherynne M. Valente, the acclaimed author of many books for adults, made her children’s book debut with THE GIRL WHO CIRCUMNAVIGATED FAIRYLAND IN A SHIP OF HER OWN MAKING. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her husband.

Catherynne M. Valente

Books by Catherynne M. Valente

Written by Catherynne M. Valente with illustrations by Rebecca Green. - Children's, Children's 10+, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 10+, Youth Fiction

Children Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne Brontë have invented a game called Glass Town, where their toy soldiers fight Napoleon and no one dies. This make-believe land helps the four escape from a harsh reality: Charlotte and Emily are being sent away to a dangerous boarding school. But on the day Anne and Branwell walk their sisters to the train station, something incredible happens: the train whisks them all away to a real Glass Town, exactly like they envisioned it…almost. When Anne and Branwell are kidnapped, Charlotte and Emily must find a way to save their siblings.

Written by Catherynne M. Valente with illustrations by Ana Juan - Adventure, Children's 10+, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction
This final book in the New York Times-bestselling Fairyland series finds September accidentally crowned the Queen of Fairyland. But there are others who believe they have a fair and good claim on the throne, so there is a Royal Race --- whoever wins will seize the crown. Along the way, beloved characters including the Wyverary, A-Through-L, the boy Saturday, the changelings Hawthorn and Tamburlaine, the wombat Blunderbuss, and the gramophone Scratch are caught up in the madness. And September's parents have crossed the universe to find their daughter.
by Catherynne M. Valente - Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 10+

When a young troll named Hawthorn is stolen from Fairyland by the Golden Wind, he becomes a changeling---a human boy---in the strange city of Chicago, a place no less bizarre and magical than Fairyland when seen through trollish eyes. Left with a human family, Hawthorn struggles with his troll nature and his changeling fate. But when he turns twelve, he stumbles upon a way back home, to a Fairyland much changed from the one he remembers.

Written by Catherynne M. Valente and illustrated by Ana Juan - Children's, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction

After all the waiting, dreaming and planning, September has made it back to Fairyland. However, all is not well there. The last time she visited Fairyland, September sacrificed her shadow to save another. Now, that shadow has become Halloween, the Hollow Queen. As ruler of Fairyland Below, Halloween is stealing shadows from the folk of Fairyland and with them, their magic. September, determined to set things right, embarks upon a quest to Fairyland Below.

Written by Catherynne M. Valente and illustrated by Ana Juan - Children's, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction

September misses Fairyland and her friends Ell, the Wyverary and the boy Saturday. She longs to leave the routines of home and embark on a new adventure. Little does she know that this time, she will be spirited away to the moon, reunited with her friends, and find herself faced with saving Fairyland from a moon-Yeti with great and mysterious powers.

by Catherynne M. Valente - Children's 10-14, Fairy Tale, Fantasy

This original short story tells the tale of how a girl named Mallow defeated King Goldmouth with the help of the Red Wind, Mr. Map, and many fairyland friends new and old.

Written by Catherynne M. Valente and illustrated by Ana Juan - Children's, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction

Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha and used to have an ordinary life, until one day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind, who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t...then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland.