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Fairy spell : how two girls convinced the world that fairies are real / Marc Tyler Nobleman ; illustrated by Eliza Wheeler.
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9780544699489
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Boston : Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2018]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
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The true story of British cousins who fooled the world for more than 60 years with a remarkable hoax, photographs of real fairies. Exquisitely illustrated with art by Eliza Wheeler as well as the original photos taken by the girls.
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The true story of British cousins who fooled the world for more than 60 years with a remarkable hoax, photographs of "real" fairies. Exquisitely illustrated with art by Eliza Wheeler as well as the original photos taken by the girls.

In 1917, in Cottingley, England, a girl named Elsie took a picture of her younger cousin, Frances. Also in the photo was a group of fairies, fairies that the girls insisted were real. Through a remarkable set of circumstances, that photograph and the ones that followed came to be widely believed as evidence of real fairies. It was not until 1983 that the girls, then late in life, confessed that the Cottingley Fairies were a hoax. Their take is an extraordinary slice of history, from a time when anything in a photograph was assumed to be fact and it was possible to trick an eager public into believing something magical. Exquisitely illustrated with art and the original fairy photographs.


Author Notes

Marc Tyler Nobleman writes books for all ages, including Fairy Spell: How Two Girls Convinced the World That Fairies Are Real and two other nonfiction picture books: Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman and Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman, which inspired an NPR All Things Considered segment, led to a TED talk, and became the basis of a Hulu documentary. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland. Follow him on Twitter @MarcTNobleman and on Instragram @mtnobleman. Eliza Wheeler has illustrated several picture books including Miss Maple's Seeds , which she also wrote and which debuted on the NYT bestseller list, and Wherever You Go , written by Pat Zietlow Miller, a Crystal Kite winner. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Visit her online at wheelerstudio.com, and on Twitter and Instagram at @WheelerStudio.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Nobleman (Boys of Steel) resurrects the story of an early 20th-century hoax that pulled the wool over the eyes of many Britons, including Arthur Conan Doyle. Cousins Frances Griffiths and Elise Wright copied elaborate drawings of female dancers in flowing garb from a book, then photographed themselves outdoors with these "sprites." After Doyle published the photos, alongside his article about fairies, in a popular magazine, "everyone was aflutter.... Some readers saw it as a historic discovery, others thought the photos were fake." Silent on the subject for decades, the two women later confessed their deception, albeit leaving one mysterious photo up for debate. An inviting layout combines Wheeler's delicately styled ink-and-watercolor illustrations with archival images of the girls' photographs and an excerpt from Doyle's article. The willowy pranksters, a pale woodland palette, and butterfly-dotted skies match the English fairy-tale setting. This recounting of a fanciful, enchanting fraud will leave younger children guessing until the end, and many more readers will embrace the suspension of disbelief, a phenomenon Frances ascribed to the British believers of that day: "They wanted to be taken in." Ages 4-7. Illustrator's agent: Jennifer Rofé, Andrea Brown Literary. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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