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Fairest of Them All
ISBN: 9781481451291
Author: Littman, Sarah Darer
Publisher: Aladdin
Published: May 2017
Retail: $7.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: The daughter of Sleeping Beauty becomes plagued by a curse of her own during a big design competition that forces her to rely on ancient advice in order to pursue her dreams despite the constraints of her overprotective family. Simultaneous and eBook.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Adaptations
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Library of Congress Subjects:
Sleeping Beauty (Tale); Juvenile fiction.
Fairy tales; Adaptations.
Fashion designers; Juvenile fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017288747
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 5.00" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Science Fiction, Myths & Legends, Middle School, Growing Up, Fantasy
Grade level(s): 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Fall)
Daughters of fairy-tale icons attend middle school in NYC. Sleeping Beauty's daughter, Aria, dreams of being a clothing designer, but her parents--understandably!--have something against needles (Fairest). Before the dance, Rosie White Charming, descendant of Snow and Prince, gets a makeover with help from her mom's magic compact (Charmed). Despite superficial fashion details and muddled lessons on beauty, the breezy takeoffs have appeal. [Review covers these titles: Charmed, I'm Sure and Fairest of Them All.] Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 March)

Gr 4–6—In this sequel to Charmed, I'm Sure, Littman continues her theme of empowering young girls. This novel features Aria, the daughter of Sleeping Beauty, who has a passion for designing clothes. When a Couture Club forms at school, Aria desperately wants to join but knows her parents will not approve; their views on sharp objects are, understandably, harsh. Nevertheless, Aria and her friend successfully devise a plan to participate. When Aria's design is noticed by the casting director for the tween competition series Teen Couture, she continues adding to her list of lies. Even after pricking her finger on an enchanted needle that curses her with "Shakespeak," Aria has trouble being truthful with her parents. Many readers will relate to the dilemma of choosing between doing what they want and being honest. Popular slang and fun references keep this story lighthearted, but Littman also includes words such as subterfuge and vicariously, offering middle graders some challenging vocabulary and food for thought. She quotes Eleanor Roosevelt, encourages readers to be open-minded about new students from different backgrounds, and showcases the power of research. In the end, the characters learn a universal lesson: to find solutions, "maybe it starts with us…If we just paid more attention to one another's tales." VERDICT A delightful novel for fans of fairy tales, Project Runway, and tween drama.—Beth Parmer, New Albany Elementary Library, OH

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.