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by Kiki Thorpe

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This book was actually recommended to me by my younger cousin. She loved the story and has begun reading the series. This is the first of a series that is particularly popular among young girls because it is a story of four girls who go on an adventure. They experience things they never thought they could experience and see things that seem unreal. The come in contact with several different fairies and disney characters that make the book filled with excitement. All of their favorite characters are put into one series of chapter books in stories that are sometimes related to the movies about the characters and sometimes not. ( )
  sconne7 | Dec 1, 2014 |
This is a wonderful story about four girls who are all close friends who go into a world that they could never imagine going. Some girls are hearing different things and are visually seeing things that others may see as impossible. Well that is until they come across the infamous Tinkerbell and the other fairies! This book is filled with wonderful adventures and imagination for the readers to get lost in and they can use their prior knowledge of the Peter Pan experience and the imagination and wonder of Never Land! It is not only the imagination of the adventure of this book that makes it so wonderful but the pictures that go along with the text of this book to really grasp the attention of the reader! ( )
  Chelz517 | Nov 14, 2013 |
I'm always torn by these company tie-ins. On the one hand, they tend to be really popular. Kids like easily recognizable characters, they like to continue the stories from tv that they love, they like the often pretty illustrations and slick marketing. On the other hand, the writing tends to be bland, if not downright painful, and the commercial elements make me feel squicky. I try to keep a balance in my collection and if I see something that I can recommend without wincing too much and I know it will circulate like crazy, I am on that series like that.

This series is a spin-off of the popular Disney Fairies/Tinker Bell franchise. Kate, Mia and Lainey are best friends, even if they have very different interests. Gabby, Mia's little sister, tags along. One day each of the girls hears or sees something magical ending in Gabby seeing an actual fairy, Prilla. Prilla accidentally "blinks" the four girls to Neverland and they have magical and sometimes frightening adventures before finding a way home...they hope. Or would they rather stay on in Neverland?

The plot is thin and the writing a bit wandering, but kids who are fans of Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies will love the references to familiar magic places, fairies, and things. I also received a copy of the 3rd title in the series, A Dandelion Wish and the characters are more developed as the series continues. The combination of the girls and their everyday concerns and squabbles with the magical world of Neverland is done very well. I appreciated that Mia and Gabby throw in occasional Spanish, but their race isn't belabored and they get a primary part of the story, instead of being the token multicultural friend. I really love Jana Christy's sweet pictures and they're a perfect match for this series. They have a light, magical feel to them and combine the fantasy world of the fairies and the everyday world of the girls very well.

Verdict: There are several other fairy series that are better-written from a literary standpoint, and if we're comparing my preference would be for the Fairy Bell Sisters series by Margaret McNamara, but this will definitely be a high-circulation item and it nicely combines friendship and fantasy in a way that's not overly sweet or too Disneyfied. If you have Disney fairy fans, or kids looking for beginning chapters with a little bit of magic, this will be perfect.

ISBN: 9780736427944; Published January 2013 by Stepping Stone/Random House; Review copy provided by the publisher; Purchased for the library
  JeanLittleLibrary | Aug 25, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0736427945, Paperback)

The Disney Fairies star in a magical all-new early chapter book series for kids ages 6 to 10—The Never Girls!

The smell of salt water, a gust of seabreeze, and the bell-like ringing of a fairy's laugh are the only hints that something magical is happening to Kate, Mia, Lainey, and Gabby. In a blink of an eye, the four friends are whisked out of their ordinary lives to the most wonderful place of all—Never Land, home to fairies, mermaids . . . and now four lost girls. The girls don't want to leave right away, but Queen Clarion and Tinker Bell have figured out a way for them to get home. Will Kate, Mia, Lainey, and Gabby's fantastic adventure end before it's barely begun?

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:41:10 -0400)

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When four friends are whisked out of their ordinary lives to Never Land, home to fairies and mermaids, Queen Clarion and Tinker Bell have to figure out a way for them to get home.

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