Seven Wild Sisters: A Modern Fairy Tale (Hardcover)

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By Charles de Lint, Charles Vess (Illustrator)
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Claire's Staff Pick (March 2014): First published in 2002 as a limited edition press, this modern fairy tale is sure to blow your socks off.

Sarah-Jane and her dog Root adventure into the Tanglewoods where they meet Aunt Lillian, a old homesteading woman thought to be a witch! But, as Sarah-Jane soon finds out, Aunt Lillian is anything but a witch. She takes Sarah-Jane under her wing, teaching about the magical fairies and plant spirits that live in the forest.

I think this story is suitable to any age – it sparks imagination and curiosity about those shadowy places in the forest. The illustrations are AMAZING! Reading this made me wish I was Sarah-Jane learning the old ways of living!

— From Claire's Picks


This full-color, illustrated companion novel to "The Cats of Tanglewood Forest" includes "beautiful bookmaking, lovely storytelling, and wondrous illustrations....Readers will be enchanted" ("Kirkus Reviews," starred review). This captivating adventure from two masters of modern fantasy is a story of magic, family, and the power in believing in both. Sarah Jane has always wanted to meet a fairy, but she has no idea that the tiny wounded man she discovers in the Tanglewood Forest is about to ensnare her in a longtime war between rival magical clans. When her six sisters are kidnapped and split up by the opposing sides, she'll need the help of several friends--from the reclusive Aunt Lillian to the mysterious Apple Tree Man--to bring them home. But if they don't untangle themselves from the feud quickly, they could all be trapped in the fairy world forever. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly" noted "the lyrical narrative blends a contemporary setting with a fairy tale that might have been plucked from a distinctly different time and place.

About the Author

CHARLES DE LINT is the much beloved author of more than seventy adult, young adult, and children's books, including "The Cats of Tanglewood Forest," " The Blue Girl," "The Painted Boy," and "Under My Skin. "Well-known throughout fantasy and science-fiction circles as one of the trailblazers of the modern fantasy genre, he is the recipient of the World Fantasy, White Pine, Crawford, and Aurora awards. De Lint is a poet, songwriter, performer, and folklorist, and he writes a monthly book-review column for the "Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction." He shares his home in Ottawa, Canada, with his wife, MaryAnn Harris.

CHARLES VESS is a world-renowned artist and a three-time winner of the World Fantasy Award, among several others. His work has appeared in magazines, comic books, and novels, including" The Cats of Tanglewood Forest," "The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales," "Peter Pan," "The Book of Ballads," and "Stardust," written by Neil Gaiman and made into an acclaimed film by Paramount Pictures in 2007. Vess has also illustrated two picture books with Gaiman, "Instructions" and "Blueberry Girl," that were "New York Times" bestsellers. His art has been featured in several gallery and museum exhibitions across the United States as well as in Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and Italy. He lives on a small farm and works from his studio, Green Man Press, in southwest Virginia.

Praise For…

* "Beautiful bookmaking, lovely storytelling, and wondrous illustrations....readers will be enchanted."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "The lyrical narrative blends a contemporary setting with a fairy tale that might have been plucked from a distinctly different time and place."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "[A] delicious companion novel."—School Library Journal, starred review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316053563
ISBN-10: 0316053562
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 4th, 2014
Pages: 260
Language: English