Small Persons with Wings by Ellen Booream
Mellie grew up with a fairy living in her bedroom. He was her best friend for years. But when she told her kindergarten class about him, he disappeared before she could prove he existed. Now at age 13, she is still called “Fairy Fat” by her classmates. Even her parents who had agreed that the fairy existed and treated him as real, declare in front of the school counselor that it is all Mellie’s imagination. So Mellie decides to turn off her imagination and become practical. When her parents inherit a decrepit inn in another town, it is Mellie’s chance to leave her nickname and the fairy behind for good. But that’s before Mellie discovers that the inn is inhabited by lots and lots of fairies.
Booream’s writing is so very readable, inviting readers into a world where fairies are real and plenty of trouble. The dialogue in the book works well, reading very naturally. The setting of the old inn is nicely rendered, giving readers just enough detail to visualize the inn clearly, but not too much to get bogged down.
Booream excels at creating interesting characters. Mellie is a wonderful young protagonist who displays an intriguing combination of prickliness, self-doubt and courage. She is a girl who has been bullied for years, but has not been broken by it. I also appreciate that Mellie is a heavier young lady who has heavier parents who love her and don’t mind her weight. It is the other children who have issues with it.
The cover with its zinging blue, sparkly letters is very appealing. I do wish that there was some even small hint off Mellie being a larger teen. Plus I am getting very tired of the feet on covers as a way to not show problematic protagonists in great detail.
A very friendly and fun fairy fantasy, this book will be popular with fans of the Rainbow Fairy books who are aging out of that series. Appropriate for ages 10-14.
Reviewed from copy received from Dial Books.
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