Middle-Grade Book Review: The Chronicles of Never After #1 The Thirteenth Fairy by Melissa de la C

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Middle-Grade Book Review: The Chronicles of Never After #1 The Thirteenth Fairy by Melissa de la C

by melissa de la cruz
Middle-Grade Book Review: The Chronicles of Never After #1 The Thirteenth Fairy by Melissa de la CNever After: The Thirteenth Fairy Series: The Chroonicles of Never After #1
Published by Roaring Brook Press on December 1, 2020
Genres: Juvenile Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations, Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 336
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*A B&N Young Reader Monthly Pick!*

*Finalist in the 2021 Goodreads Choice Awards!*

*A New York Times Bestseller!*

Discover a new middle-grade fantasy saga from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Descendants series, Melissa de la Cruz, where real life and fairy tales collide!

Nothing ever happens in Filomena Jefferson-Cho’s sleepy little suburban town of North Pasadena. The sun shines every day, the grass is always a perfect green, and while her progressive school swears there’s no such thing as bullying, she still feels bummed out. But one day, when Filomena is walking home on her own, something strange happens.

Filomena is being followed by Jack Stalker, one of the heroes in the Thirteenth Fairy, a series of books she loves about a brave girl and her ragtag group of friends who save their world from an evil enchantress. She must be dreaming, or still reading a book. But Jack is insistent—he’s real, the stories are real, and Filomena must come with him at once!

Soon, Filomena is thrust into the world of evil fairies and beautiful princesses, sorcerers and slayers, where an evil queen drives her ruthless armies to destroy what is left of the Fairy tribes. To save herself and the kingdom of Westphalia, Filomena must find the truth behind the fairytales and set the world back to rights before the cycle of sleep and destruction begins once more.


The Thirteenth Fairy is a cute little middle-grade story with an epic adventure, characters that are well known but not, and a whole new world of fun.
Filomena Jefferson lives in the sleepy little town of North Pasadena. It’s always sunny and picture-perfect. She goes to a school that claims to have no bullying, but a select group of students still bullies her. One day, however, when she is walking home, something strange happens when she realizes she is being followed.
Jack Stalker, one of the heroes in her favorite book series, winds up right behind her! However, Jack insists that the stories are real, he is accurate, and that she must come with him at once.
Soon, Filomena finds herself in a world with beautiful princesses, evil fairies, sorcerers, and more, where an evil queen leads an army to destroy what is left of the Fairy tribes. To save the kingdom and herself, she has to figure out the real fairy tales and get the world back to the right.
It is one that kids who like twisted tales-type stuff may enjoy. I thought it was cute and well-written.

About melissa de la cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.

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