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Wondrous Strange

by Lesley Livingston

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publisher: HarperCollins
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Since the dawn of time, the Faerie have taken. . . .

Seventeen-year-old actress Kelley Winslow always thought faeries were just something from childhood stories. Then she meets Sonny Flannery. He's a changeling—a mortal taken as an infant and raised among Faerie—and within short order he's turned Kelley's heart inside out and her life upside down.

For Kelley's beloved Central Park isn't just a park—it's a gateway between her ordinary city and the Faerie's dangerous, bewitching Otherworld. Now Kelley's eyes are opening not just to the Faerie that surround her, but to the heritage that awaits her . . . a destiny both wondrous and strange.

About the Author

Lesley Livingston is an award-winning author of teen fiction best known for her Wondrous Strange trilogy. Captivated at a young age by stories of the distant past and legendary heroes and warriors, Lesley developed into a full-fledged history buff and mythology geek. Her fascination with ancient Celtic and classical civilizations—spurred on by recently discovered archaeological evidence supporting the existence of female gladiators—inspired Fallon’s story in The Valiant. Lesley holds a master’s degree in English from the University of Toronto and was a principal performer in a Shakespearean theatre company, specializing in performances for teen audiences, for more than a decade. www.lesleylivingston.com. Twitter: @LesLivingston

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
13 to 100
Grade:
8 to 17
Editorial Reviews

“This enchanting first novel weaves together the worlds of theater and magic in a way that is sure to please fans of both. Readers will revel in the hints of Shakespeare within the text as they are introduced to faerie creatures both familiar and “wondrous strange.”

— School Library Journal

“Plentiful action, a complex, slow-to-unravel setup, and humorous plot strands (such as the fairy horse that follows Kelley home to live in her bathroom) ensure that the pages keep turning in this clever debut.”

— The Horn Book

“Oh, bestselling Twilight, thou hast a strong contender...this book has it all.”

— Globe and Mail (Toronto)

“Kelley is appealingly feisty and stubborn, and her romance with Sonny develops quickly but believably. ... With an ending that promises a sequel, this book will capture readers eager for romance, magic, and suspense.”

— ALA Booklist

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Wondrous Strange

They are from two completely different worlds. Literally.

Sonny Flannery, currently residing in a penthouse overlooking Central Park, has not grown up as a normal child. Taken from his mother as an infant, Sonny is a changeling, a human raised in the land of Faerie by none other than Auberon the Winter King. Now he is beginning his career as a Janus Guard, one of the specially chosen changelings trained as elite protectors of the gates between the Otherworld and the world of humans. Their task is to keep ill-intentioned faerie folk from crossing into the mortal realm. As Sonny embarks on his first mission, he discovers unmistakable evidence of an evil plot brewing. He also finds Kelley.

Kelley is a 17-year-old aspiring actress. As she rehearses her role in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Central Park, she is surprised when a handsome stranger appears with a small gift for her. When this same stranger keeps appearing, she becomes worried. However, Sonny and Kelley seem destined to be together, and as the mysterious and sinister events unfold, each becomes increasingly determined to protect the other. Furthermore, their feelings for each other become one more powerful tool to be wielded by the one who would do them harm.

This is a breathtaking story of magic and faerie mischief. Although set mainly in Manhattan, author Lesley Livingston weaves a captivating vision of the land of Faerie, one which slyly beckons readers from the very first page. She convincingly depicts our modern world as coexisting alongside this ancient, mystical, enchanted otherworld. The capriciousness of the faerie folk, the spiritedness of the fiery-natured Kelley, and Sonny’s honourable sense of justice and basic goodness, combine to make this an enthralling read, one that mesmerizes and enchants. Equal parts romance, mystery and fairy story, this book will leave readers spellbound.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2009. Volume 32 Number 1.

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Wondrous Strange

Kelley moves to New York and acts as the lead in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. But faeries are more real than Kelley thinks, and an encounter in Central Park with a handsome young man creates a potentially disastrous adventure for New York and the faerie realm.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.

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