Rosy and the Secret Friend

9780062228055. ea vol: illus. by Julia Denos. 128p. (The Fairy Bell Sisters Series). score. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray. 2013. Tr $15.99; pap. $4.99.
Gr 1–3—Tinker Bell's younger sisters star in this series by a seasoned author. In Fairy Ball, the sisters are making a practice cake for Sylva's eighth birthday the following week, when an invitation for a special fairy ball arrives. Only those eight years or older can attend. Since Sylva can't go, she tries to make her sisters' gowns even more beautiful (to their dismay). When trolls arrive in town in hopes of attaining the Narwhal's Tusk, the young fairy is the only one who takes notice. The siblings' adventures continue in Secret Friend, in which the dangerous Summer People make their appearance. Instead of avoiding them as usual, Rosy befriends a girl named Louisa. A bit on the saccharine side, these titles will appeal to tenderhearted girls who dream of magical places. The books do include some conflict among the sisters, but it is resolved quickly and feels typical of any sibling relationships. Denos's black-and-white illustrations capture sweet moments. Large type and good amounts of white space make these titles appropriate for beginning chapter-book readers. Additional purchases, particularly where fairies are still popular.—Amy Commers, South St. Paul Public Library, MN
Five lesser-known sisters of the famous Tinkerbell are given their own adventures in this charming series. The first two volumes introduce Sylva and Rosy as they battle trolls and brave the company of children vacationing on their island home. Denos's spot art and occasional full-page illustrations provide visual interest and help break up the short chapters, which are perfect for emerging independent readers. Review covers these Fairy Bell Sisters titles: Rosy and the Secret Friend and Sylva and the Fairy Ball.

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