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Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

Fairest (edition 2008)

by Gail Carson Levine

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Authors:Gail Carson Levine
Info:New York : HarperTrophy, 2008.
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Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

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Gail Carson Levine once again hits the ball on the head with another classic, Fairest. In this adaption of Snow White, Aza, an ugly commoner suddenly rises in social status when she becomes the lady-in-waiting to the new Queen of Ayorthia. Because of her strong singing abilities, she ends up in the middle of a huge mess, all while struggling with the concept of beauty and how others see her. ( )
  SimoneAlexis | Sep 9, 2014 |

It was definitely not of the same calliber as Ella Enchanted, which is one of a kind. But I liked the not so subtle message, and the realness of the problems and feelings. Overall, a good children's book. ( )
  lyssa73 | Aug 2, 2014 |
Aza was abandoned at the inn she now lives at and unfortunately she is not very pretty, but what she lacks in looks she makes up for with her singing and that’s all that matters in her kingdom. But when the king remarries and she is forced to be a lady in waiting she finds that her secret talent of singing and throwing her voice is going to cause her more harm than good in the upcoming problems that she is going to face.

The book was able to present that you must have confidence In yourself to be happy and not care what others say. The fact that the book uses an entire singing kingdom to capture the reader's attention is just another unique factor they used to bring a new side to the tale of Snow White.

Reading Level: High Elementary to Middle School
  rdg301library | May 27, 2014 |
This is a wonderful audiobook production, full cast with all original music. This is important to note because Aza and the everyone in the kingdom of Ayortha are all singers, and singing is a major form of communicating there. This is a creative and completely different retelling of Snow White, and it was just a delightful experience all around. ( )
  Tahleen | Feb 16, 2014 |
A new spin on Snow White in which the heroine, Aza, has unique talents with her voice, but is considered ugly by almost everyone she meets. In order to make money for her family's inn, she becomes a lady-in-waiting to the queen, where she becomes tangled in magic and palace intrigue.

This is set in the same world and time as Levine's Ella Enchanted, one of my old favorites, and contains some references to characters from that. Aza's home country of Ayortha is famous for its singing culture, and everyone, from king to peasant, often breaks into song to express their feelings. I really enjoyed how Levine explores this country-wide love of music and how it would affect the people's everyday lives and customs. Aza's insecurity about her looks and how it drives her actions makes her a good foil for the beautiful Queen Ivy, but her inner monologues about this dragged a bit for me. The ending/epilogue seemed a little longer than necessary too. Still, fans of Ella Enchanted should definitely check it out! ( )
  DeweyEver | Feb 13, 2014 |
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To David, who has a chamber in my heart.
To Rosemary Brosnan, who sweetly wields the knife.
Many thanks to opera star Janet Hopkins for introducing me, with kindness and encouragement, to the mysteries of singing.
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I was born singing. Most babies cry. I sang an aria.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060734108, Paperback)

Once upon a time, there was a girl who wanted to be pretty . . .

Aza's singing is the fairest in all the land, and the most unusual. She can "throw" her voice so it seems to come from anywhere. But singing is only one of the two qualities prized in the Kingdom of Ayortha. Aza doesn't possess the other: beauty. Not even close. She's hidden in the shadows in her parents' inn, but when she becomes lady-in-waiting to the new queen, she has to step into the light—especially when the queen demands a dangerous favor. A magic mirror, a charming prince, a jealous queen, palace intrigue, and an injured king twine into a maze that Aza must penetrate to save herself and her beloved kingdom.

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In a land where beauty and singing are valued above all else, Aza eventually comes to reconcile her unconventional appearance and her magical voice, and learns to accept herself for who she truly is.

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