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Small Persons with Wings Reviews

The Publications

Kirkus Reviews (starred), November 24, 2010
…Booraem’s debut, The Unnameables (2008), presented readers with an utterly original American fantasy, and this follow-up, though unrelated except in its examination of creativity, is equally fresh and distinctive. Frequently hysterical dialogue, a hugely sympathetic protagonist and a baroque concatenation of magics and counter-magics will keep readers glued to this smart, earthy and thoughtful tale. (Fantasy. 10-14)

Publishers Weekly (starred), November 29, 2010
In a fairy story that’s wistful, humorous, and clever, Booraem (The Unnameables) suggests that the real world--with its disappointments and failingsis still better than living with illusions… There are serious threads about bullying and alcoholism, and several flawed characters; as in life, many problems are never fully solved, just exchanged for new ones. The theme of making progress, rather than ignoring problems, is a strong one, gently presented. Ages 10–up. 

School Library Journal (starred), January 2011
…Mellie, matter-of-fact and slightly bad-tempered, narrates this hilarious tale of these enchanting, annoying little beings who sprinkle their speech with Latin and French phrases and are obsessed with appearances and enamored with high drama and style. Every character, human or Parvi, is drawn with singular care and humor, from the disgracefully clumsy Inepta to Mellie’s patient, maybe-new-friend Timmo. Spells turn people into drooling frogs and irascible bonging clocks, the truth-seeing magic of the moonstone turns out to be something of a liability, and Mellie “grows into her grandeur” just in time to save the Parvi as well as her entire family. Readers will share the girl’s irritated fondness for the ridiculous and lovable Parvi. A great choice for all who favor funny and intelligent fantasies with quirky characters and an unpredictable, fast-moving plot. Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library

Booklist, January 2011
…Together with her parents and Timmo, the nosy neighbor kid, Mellie’s odd predicament is to return to the world of the fanciful by facing what is real. This clever tale also wraps a story of acceptance, both of self and family, in the fairy dressing. — Heather Booth

The Horn Book, March/April 2011
Booraem here shifts from dystopian (The Unnameables, rev. 1/09) to more lighthearted fantasy, reminiscent of Diana Wynne Jones in the inventiveness of the author’s imagination and her ability to sustain an increasingly wilder succession of events. …Social outcast Mellie (overweight and hyper-intelligent) has a wry, snarky voice that will draw readers in and keep them invested in the frenetically escalating events. …Readers will pull for Mellie to prevail—not only in her efforts to help the Parvi but also in her maturing relationships with herself (as she “grows into her grandeur”), her family, her new friend Timmo, and her peers. — Martha V. Parravano

The Bloggers

A Fuse #8 Production,  February 22, 2011
“Booraem gives us a kind of original fairy novel. It’s a coming of age story set against a backdrop of irritable relatives, giant drooling frogs, creepy mannequins, and bratty older sisters. Best of all, it’s a fun story with a large heroine who doesn’t need to slip into a size 2 to prove her worth. Think of it as a Judy Blume novel for the fantasy-loving set.”

RT Book Reviews, March 1, 2011
“Heroine Mellie is nothing short of loveable. She is both quick-witted and emotionally vulnerable after what she endured at the hands of her classmates. Although Mellie has a mature voice for her age, it never seems out of character. Furthermore, Booraem has crafted a detailed magical society, which will keep readers enchanted long after the tale comes to a close. This is truly a middle-grade for every grade!”

Young Adult Books Central, February 7, 2011
“These are no soppy flower fairies, but rather small, proud aristocrats, obsessed with the appearance of things and cold as ice to the touch. All their magic is devoted to making things appear beautiful, and over time, they have lost the ability to make or do anything real, a telling counterpoint to an adolescent girl’s concern about her looks and how much they matter or don’t… An engaging story with a full cast of quirky, enjoyable characters, this will be a welcome read for any reader who loves fairies – or who loves to see the quiet girl triumph over all.” Francesca Amendolia

Mrs. Hill’s Book Blog, January 29, 2011
“This book is SO MUCH FUN!! I really adore it! It's creative and truly one of a kind… The plot is unexpected, suspenseful and fast paced. Overall, this is clever and brilliantly executed. I was so sad it was over. I enjoyed spending time in Mellie's world.”

Not Another Book Blog, January 25, 2011
“This book is fantastic and as I was reading it I could think of at least 2 little girls around 13 years old, and a few adults who would love it! (It doesn’t hurt that the cover sparkles. I don’t know about you, but at my library that’s a tell tale sign that a book will get a lot of curious readers.)”

Book Aunt, January 21, 2011
“All you other MG fantasies out there, beware: this is the one to beat in 2011! Funny, poignant, and original, Small Persons with Wings carves out an instant niche for itself in the world of children’s literature… ”

Eve’s Book Addiction, November 4, 2010
“…the story was sparkly, snide, exciting, and very, very funny.”

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