Then her nasty alcoholic grandfather dies, her parents inherit his rickety inn and bar, and Mellie has hopes that 8th grade in a new town will be different...until she sees the drunken fairy. Oops, small person with wings. Suddenly, all her scientific, mathematical facts aren't so helpful. She has to deal with enchanted clocks, a really nasty illusion curse, the annoying boy next door, and lots and lots of Small persons with wings. Will she finally grow into the grandeur her mother has been promising her, or will she be useless and friendless Fairy Fat forever?
Things I loved about this book:
- I flipped it open at my desk to skim it and suddenly found I had read half of it. It was that enticing.
- Mellie's weight is neither ignored nor made into the main issue of the book (except on the cover. God forbid publishers should show a stomach that's not svelte).
- No romance. When her new friend Timmo tries out a kiss, Mellie doesn't suddenly discover that he's really cute and the kiss, although awkward is wonderful....I love Mellie's reaction. Just. So. Perfect.
- Mellie is prickly. Mellie is tough. Mellie is growing into her grandeur. Mellie is my favorite character in a long time. Go Mellie!
- Okay, I love all those little fairy houses at the end. It's the fascination of the miniature! I wrote a paper on it! It was very scholarly!
ISBN: 9780803734715; Published January 2011 by Dial; Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library