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Cory is a young tooth fairy in training who wants to be anything but that, except there's no way the Tooth Fairy Guild or her mother will let that happen. After yet another bad night on the job, Cory quits to explore other things—like babysitting an adventurous Humpty Dumpty, helping Suzy organize seashells by the seashore, and attempting to finally rid the spiders that plCory is a young tooth fairy in training who wants to be anything but that, except there's no way the Tooth Fairy Guild or her mother will let that happen. After yet another bad night on the job, Cory quits to explore other things—like babysitting an adventurous Humpty Dumpty, helping Suzy organize seashells by the seashore, and attempting to finally rid the spiders that plague Marjorie Muffet. But it isn't until Marjorie asks Cory to help set her up with a boy that Cory taps into a power s he never knew she had. As she tries to understand her new-found romantic visions, will Cory finally discover her own true path?Just as she did with her Wide-Awake Princess series, E. D. Baker spins a tale that is poised to launch her to the top of the fairy tale canon with a new series that fans of Gail Carson Levine and Diana Wynne Jones....

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ISBN : 9781619631403
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Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker Reviews

  • Jessica
    2018-11-26 05:12

    This is a very fun look at the life of fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters and their world. Cory is a tooth fairy, but she really hates it. It's the family business, though, so she encounters a great deal of resistance when she tries to find new work. She flits from job to job, looking for one that suits her, and along the way she babysits for the old woman who lives in the shoe, sells seashells by the seashore, and has other whimsical adventures. This is the set up for a new series that is going to be utterly delightful. It also, to me, skews a bit younger than Baker's books like The Wide-Awake Princess.

  • Becky B
    2018-11-22 05:02

    Cory is through being a tooth fairy. After going through the training and giving it a chance, she just knows it isn't the job for her. She wants to do something that really helps people, though she's not sure what. Of course, that answer is nowhere near sufficient for her mother, who is a tooth fairy herself and believes Cory is making a huge mistake in leaving the guild. Unable to stand her mother's constant nagging, Cory moves in with her wise and understanding Uncle Micah. Cory starts looking for odd jobs to tide her over while she tries to figure out what it is she really wants to do. In the process, she meets some very interesting characters, and inadvertently starts getting asked by people to set them up on dates with others. So far, her matchmaking skills have been woefully inadequate, but her little odd jobs have had fun moments. That is until the Tooth Fairy Guild starts making good on their threats to make her sorry for trying to leave. Cory doesn't know what to do. It's going to take something or someone extraordinary to help her out of the mess with the guild and to figure out what occupation best fits her.Baker has built a very fun fantasy world filled with all sorts of fairy tale, nursery rhyme, and legendary characters. I loved watching Cory babysit for Humpty Dumpty, a precocious child with a penchant for heights, or trying to help her friend Miss Muffet with a serious spider problem. It's a creative and fun world with the serious touches the guild adds. The matchmaker part of the plot is really secondary to watching the fun and hazards of all the little odd jobs Cory does and getting to know her circle of friends. Eventually the Tooth Fairy Guild and her frustration about the matchmaking come up, but they are dealt with much more lightly than could have been. I can see someone else writing this same story but turning it into a nail-biting psychological thriller with the way the guild is after Cory. Baker kept it light enough as to not scare off fantasy readers, but it does add some depth to the world building and plot. The rest of the series promises to be fun, but I might miss Cory doing all the odd jobs. Part of the fun of the book was waiting to see what fairy tale character was going to pop up and ask her to help them next.Notes on content: No language issues. No sexual content beyond a kiss. There are two kidnappings and some vandalism, and a witch puts a spell on two people (who aren't really harmed and totally had it coming). No serious violence.

  • Lia Marcoux
    2018-11-12 12:54

    This book contrasts simplistic language, strangely grounded conflict about what it means to have a job versus a career, many descriptions of breakfasts, a violent mafioso-style guild system that controls the government through buying the judges and whichever of the police are corrupt instead of incompetent, and dopey fairy-tale puns. So I guess my question would be: whaaat?!

  • Jaina
    2018-11-18 06:48

    This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.When I originally saw this coming out, I thought it looked really dumb. I mean, a book about a girl who goes around setting up couples? How dumb would that be? I barely scanned the synopsis before clicking away, and never even gave it a try.Until a week ago, when I saw it sitting on a library shelf and grabbed it because, well, I might as well because it was there anyway. When I got it home and started reading, I realized that I'd made a mistake: The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker was nothing like what I'd expected to be - and it was much the better for it.After all, just for starters Cory's world is really fascinating. I read a lot of fairy-tale mashups, but this has to be one of my favorites. I mean, a world where people communicate by basket mail (which is just like texting, but way cooler) and various fairy-tale characters and stereotypes are all mixed together in a magical land that lives next to but is completely separate from the human world.Another great thing about The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker is that it's realistic (if the word can ever be applied to fairytale mashups) - Cory is an adult trying to find a job that suits her, and she bounces around doing odds and ends in the meantime. There's a beauty in watching the little random things come together in new ways, as by the end of the book Cory's found ways to make almost everyone's life a little bit better by introducing them to other people she's encountered in her wanderings. I like to think that this same sort of falling into place can happen in real life, though I know that's not always the case.My biggest trouble with the book, honestly, is the ending. Once things get a little darker for Cory and she starts uncovering the hardcore secrets her mother kept from her the book lost some of its appealing rationalism. There's a certain appeal in what happens, though, and I think that it just depends on what sort of mood you're in when you read it. For me it worked, though just barely, and I was interested enough in the turn things took that I immediately went and requested the sequel. I haven't gotten around to reading it yet, but I'll be sure to post a review once I do!

  • Angie
    2018-11-10 06:53

    Cory hates being a tooth fairy. She isn't very good at it and doesn't enjoy it, but her mom is a tooth fairy and convinced her it was the career for her. When she quits her mom is furious as is the Tooth Fairy Guild. Cory just wants to help people and wants to find a career that will let her do that. She starts taking odd jobs like babysitting (for Humpty Dumpty and the old lady who lived in a shoe), mowing yards (for the three little pigs of course) and doing inventory (for the lady selling seashells on the seashore). She also starts setting up her friends on dates trying to find them the perfect match. The Tooth Fairy Guild does not take quitters lightly and starts a campaign of harassment that follows Cory wherever she goes. They send rain and gnats and crabs and the big bad wolf. None of it convinces Cory that she should go back to being a tooth fairy. As the harassment escalates so does her determination to find something truly helpful to do.I had high hopes for this book as I really enjoy fractured fairy tales, but this book was a bit of a disappointment. I liked the fact that we got to see such a nice mixture of fairy tale characters, but I wanted more of a story. The story itself seems very disjointed with Cory moving from one odd job with a fairy tale character to another. The only truly cohesive thing seems to be the harassment by the TFG, but even that seems a bit extreme. I liked the ending and how Cory's matchmaking desires finally makes sense but I also thought it was a bit rushed. There was a lot of story about Cory babysitting and such but very little about what happens when she finds her true calling.

  • Emma
    2018-11-20 10:13

    Grade: C-Release date: October 7, 2014This e-galley was provided by Bloomsbury and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Like I've said before, middle grade has been very hit-or-miss for me lately. Unfortunately, The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker was not one of the better ones I've read. Throughout the whole book, I felt very confused. There wasn't enough world-building - just many, many characters introduced - and the plot was much too slow for MG. It's mentioned in the synopsis that Cory takes up matchmaking, but that plot doesn't appear until at least 60% in. Most middle schoolers I know would give up if the plot took that long to develop. Also, throughout the entire book, I was very confused about the characters' ages. They talk a lot about dating and a school that sounds vaguely like high school, but most protagonists in MG are 11-13.Other stray observations, the sentences were a bit choppy. Voices weren't unique. I did like Cory's grandfather, and I wish we saw more with him. I also enjoyed seeing familiar nursery rhyme and fairytale characters. Plus, the Boogie Man actually boogies. The Verdict: Not at all what I hoped it would be. If you're unsure about The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker, I'd skip it if I were you.

  • Kenley
    2018-11-17 06:47

    I am a huge fan of E.D. Baker's books, and have been for a very long time. "Twisted" fairy tales also happens to be one of my favorite genres, so when I saw that E.D. Baker was releasing a new book, I was very excited. However, The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker did not quite meet my expectations. Whereas Serafina (the heroine in A Question of Magic) was very realistic, Cory is a slightly two-dimensional protagonist. I really, really liked the premise of the story, but the actual book did not carry through for me. I did love the background story and the fairy-tale characters like Miss Muffet and Humpty Dumpty sprinkled throughout, which is why this book is getting 3 stars. I would definitely recommend E.D. Baker's stories to any other fairy-tale enthusiast, just not this particular story.

  • Elevetha
    2018-11-16 11:07

    1.5 stars. (Purely for a stunning lack of interest)The long (and the short) of it is that I honestly didn't care about Cory or her life or her clients or her friends or her mum or anyone or anything. Okay, I slightly cared about...Blue. Was that his name? Well, it was something like that. Obviously not very much though, as you can tell. This whole book was just so dull and pointless. Never again. "The wind died down as soon as it could no longer blow her around."Erm, pardon me, but isn't the wind not being to blow Cory around an effect rather than a cause for the wind dying down?

  • Lori
    2018-11-29 05:09

    This book ended up being very cute. If you can get past the very rough beginning, you might actually enjoy it. The fairy tale characters that show up along the way are fun and I liked the arc of the main character and the lessons she learned along the way. Especially because I did not like her at all in the beginning of the story. But she went from whiny and spoiled and very annoying to someone who actually wanted to help people and made a very good friend. This wasn't the best middle grade book I've ever read but I do think it's one that kids will enjoy. \

  • Shazzer
    2018-12-01 10:03

    This book was slow going for me. I wasn't very interested in Cory as a character, and the audience was unclear. The writing style is perfect for middle graders, but the subject matter/interest level is more suited for older readers. 6th graders might not be too interested in reading about someone's job search. The last third of the novel did start to pick up steam, and I felt it ended well. Still, not my favorite Baker.

  • Maddie
    2018-11-25 09:10

    I think the book should've been a little longer. I liked it but E.D Baker needed to keep on writing. I loved the characters but, as I said, it wasn't long enough to tell the whole story and make me LOVE it.

  • Lula McCuela
    2018-11-10 05:57

    I liked this book. I thought it was a fun, light read, the was funny at parts and sad at parts. E.D. Baker is one of my favorite authors, and I will definitely be read this sequel.

  • Rachel
    2018-12-07 04:51

    This was a cute story with a ton of fairy tale references in it. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to the rest of the series.

  • Amber
    2018-12-05 11:57

    It took me a really long time to read this book, cause I got busy, and at first I also had a hard time getting into the book. The writer has a lot of details I felt were really just fluff, while the story was lacking in some other details that would've made the book a bit more interesting. For me the story would have a good chapter that held my interest, followed by one that I felt had more fluff than anything else. As I got about a little less than half way through the book I found myself wanting to know what happened next, and excited to continue reading. Tonight I started reading on page 222, and couldn't stop until the end page 341. By the end I loved the story and the excitement that Cory (the main character) faces that I was a little sad the story was over, however I also loved the ending! Truthfully from the way the book was going I never would have guessed the direction the book went or how it ended. Cory starts out as just an ordinary fairy, then goes on a personal journey to find what she's meant to do with her life because her dream is to help others, and in the end she becomes so much more than what she started out as. I'm so happy with the outcome of this story! Over all it was a really good book!

  • Ellie
    2018-11-11 11:53

    I really enjoyed this book. It is very touching and a nice fantasy. I really hope that E.D. Baker continues writing these books. I like how she describes the fey world and grows Cory's personality. All together it is a great book.

  • Hannah S.
    2018-11-17 05:54

    This book was so good. It was full of surprises, but I didn't like the ending.

  • Tiffiny
    2018-11-22 04:45

    We've read other books by E.D. Baker and looooved them, but this one, agh. Please don't make me finish it.

  • Mallory (toweroftomes)
    2018-11-14 11:46

    Find this review and more fantastical things at The Leaning Tower of Tomes.Source: I received this book from the publisher through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Bloomsbury!The review:The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker is a charming, fun middle-grade novel that I was so fortunate to receive from Bloomsbury through their Goodreads giveaway. It sounded like a really cute story about the characters from our favorite childhood nursery stories, and I started this book with an open mind, not completely sure what I'd be getting into. Well, let me tell you that this book just warmed my heart. I hadn't heard of E. D. Baker before; now I am a huge fan.Cory is a tooth fairy, a member of the prestigious Tooth Fairy Guild. But being a tooth fairy, the path her tooth fairy mother urged her to go down, is something Cory knows is not her calling in life. She wants to help people, so she quits her job as a tooth fairy and moves into her Uncle Micah's house while she finds her feet. She takes odd jobs found through the newspaper and ends up meeting so many lively characters. She babysits Humpty Dumpty, helps Marjorie Muffet with her spider problem, cans beans for Jack's mother, mows the lawns of the three pigs, helps find Santa Claus a new summer house--and sets up her new-found friends on dates with one another (although it's a bit more organic than how I phrased it). She does all this and more while being mysteriously (or not so mysteriously) harassed by the Tooth Fairy Guild for leaving them. The Guild is out to ruin Cory's chances of having a new career and certainly go to some drastic measures to punish her when she refuses to rejoin.I really liked Cory. She's smart and unafraid, but also hesitant and self-doubting. She grows throughout the story and learns to look at life differently. She's got some great friends who support her. Her Uncle Micah is really her rock, letting her stay with him as long as she needs, and barely even minding when her pet woodchuck, Noodles, chews a hole through his carpet. (Man, I loved Noodles so much. Greatest woodchuck I've ever read about. Possibly the only woodchuck I've read about, but still so great and such a personality.) Cory's mother is a piece of work, and their strained relationship isn't magically solved by the book's end, which I thought was refreshing and (sadly) realistic.To sum it up, The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker is just a really enjoyable book that I heartily recommend to those who enjoy middle-grade fantasy and or fairy tale characters. Cory's one cool girl, and it was nice to see her have her own fairy-tale ending after all the consequences of quitting her job in order to find one she was passionate about.

  • Briana
    2018-12-06 12:45

    The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker follows young Cory Feathering as she tries to find a job that makes a difference in the world. (What’s the point of collecting teeth anyway?!) The story takes Cory through a number of odd jobs and paths through the fairy world as she searches for the one thing she would like to make a career. Seeing beloved fairy tale characters in a new light—as people who need to hire babysitters or someone to mow their lawns—is tons of fun, but the entire premise of the story is an odd choice for a middle grade novel. One girl’s search for the perfect career is something that will speak more to recent college graduates than to middle school students.Cory’s characterization definitely suffers from the disconnect between the intended audience and the subject matter. Although Cory is never given an age, the book hints she is a teen; the fairy school system seems to include graduating from Junior Fey School and then starting job training, without any equivalent of high school or college. Yet implying that Cory a teen does not mean she has teen concerns; finding a job, moving out of home, worrying about paying rent and other bills are all issues that will speak mostly to readers in their young twenties.Adding confusion to this mess is the fact that Cory sounds more like a tween than either a teen or young adult. When sending her resignation later to the Tooth Fairy Guild, she simply writes, “I quit!” When inquiring about a help-wanted ad in the paper, she sends a missive that says, “Who are you?” While these scenes might be intended to add humor to the novel, they simply make Cory seem immature and as if she does not know how to look for a job at all. As an older reader who actually does have similar concerns as Cory, I am mainly irritated she can manage to be hired by multiple people while acting so unprofessionally.The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker does have some fun moments. It is interesting to see new perspectives on the other characters Cory meets, who include everyone from Little Miss Muffet to Humpty Dumpty to the Three Little Pigs. Cory also gets into some entertaining scrapes while performing odd jobs around the fairy world. I will be reading the sequel, The Perfect Match, to find out what happens next. I just struggle with categorizing the book because it seems designed to please adults more than children, and I have difficultly imagining what type, age, or reading-level of child I would recommend this to.

  • Cayla
    2018-11-13 07:02

    I was going to give this book two stars, but either I'm feeling vindictive or just brutally honest tonight because I changed my mind. I simply did not like this book. I picked it up at the library (even though I already had four other books started...) because it looked like a light, fun read. I like fairytales and MG books and the premise sounded entertaining in a mindless sort of way. Unfortunately, there wasn't much about it that was charming. It just seemed to drag on and on due to repeated conversations or unnecessary details. Cory spends the entire book going from one odd job to the next, to the next, to thenextand I was waiting for something to happen! I'm usually a very patient reader, but it felt like the whole book could have been compressed into twenty pages and we wouldn't have missed much. It seemed very poorly paced to me. Plus, like I mentioned, some details and conversations seemed to be repeated over and over again to the point where I was really getting frustrated (Cory must have had the 'I left TFG and they're harassing me' conversation at least 20 times). By the time I got about two thirds of the way through I started skimming, and I didn't feel like I missed much. Honestly, nothing happened that genuinely effected the plot until the last few chapters. I'm sure some readers would enjoy the light story, but it just felt like one huge filler dump to me. Plus...although Cory's age was never disclosed, I had a hard time taking her and Johnny Blue seriously. She looks to be about 13 (tops) on the cover, and I personally find it a little ridiculous that she would be so wrapped up in dating (and Daisy was even worse). Call me lame, but is it too much to ask that the dating angst be left for YA novels? Sadly, I will not be picking up the next book in the series, despite the potentially charming premise. I was going to pick up the author's earlier series, but now I'm having second thoughts. To those of you who have read it - is this book just a bad sampling of the author, or will I find more of the same in Baker's earlier novels as well?

  • Melissa
    2018-11-29 12:46

    Quick fun read. Definitely a kids book.

  • Ms. Kelly
    2018-11-30 13:09

    Cory, a reluctant Tooth Fairy, finally gives up on being miserable and decides to quit being a tooth fairy and float around until she figures out what she wants to do. She's always had pretty useless visions about people being together, but that doesn't help much. So while avoiding the threats and harassment of the spurned Mafia...ugh...I mean, the Tooth Fairy Guild, she does odd jobs like babysitting and inventory.Humpty Dumpty, 3 pigs, Miss Muffet, and Boy Blue are just some of the characters that make an appearance in this fractured and reglued fairy tale. I enjoyed it on many levels for the sweet and gently story that it was.But my problem with it is that I still don't know exactly *who* this was for. It is in the J section of my library, and much of it does feel like a middle grade read, but some of the themes are a little more advanced than I expected and they seemed a little out of step with the gentle nature of the rest of the book.For instance, the mom. Her character is unfeeling, unbending, and completely uncompromising. She says she loves her daughter, but she doesn't listen to anything Cory says. It is a classic trope, except she NEVER turns into a good mom. They never reconcile. At no point does Cory (or the reader) ever feel like her mom truly wants what is best for Cory, only for herself. That is a very NON-gentle read. It is very YA. Also, Cory has a job and all her friends have jobs. They are independent. They are not in school. They play in bands that play in bars... What are they, teens? Preteens? College age? I know that they are mythical characters that don't have to correlate to human standards, but it is just a little weird. None of that takes away from the fact that I enjoyed the story well enough. It would probably be a good recommendation for a kid with a higher grade level but wanting a simple and non romance heavy read. Surprising for a book about a matchmaker...

  • Joella www.cinjoella.com
    2018-11-19 05:48

    Cory is a tooth fairy…one of many tooth fairies in the Tooth Fairy Guild. But she doesn’t like it. In fact, she hates it. A lot. So she decides to quit her job. But what is a fairy to do when she doesn’t have a job? And Cory’s mother is furious that she quit (Cory’s mom is also a tooth fairy). So Cory ends up moving in with her uncle so that she can just get away from the onslaught of negativity that is her mother. By searching everyday through the fairy want ads Cory finds small jobs where she can actually help people (or rather fairies and pigs and other fairytale creatures). She is happier than she has been in a long while. And her friends start wanting her to set them up…to have Cory be a little Matchmaker fairy. Of course things get complicated. Her mother and the Tooth Fairy Guild won’t take “no” for an answer and they try to make Cory’s life all the more miserable. (Which is crazy seeing how they want her to come back to being a Tooth Fairy…but if they make her more miserable, why would she?) And there is the fact that Cory just wants to be happy herself. But what will it take for her to be happy?This is a fun story for those that love a twist on fairy tales. Although there are nods to different tales or nursery rhymes (like the Three Pigs or Little Miss Muffet) readers don’t actually know what is going to happen to these famous characters. Plus the fact that fairies and other creatures (animals, witches, gods/goddesses) all live in the same world will be quite fun. But the story is a little predictable (obviously Cory wants to “help” people and everyone wants her to set them up…and she even dreams about it…so who is the best “matchmaker” in the world?)…but not so predictable that readers won’t enjoy the story. Teens will think this an easy read, but elementary and early middle school kids who want to experience “love” and drama will eat this story up.

  • Sharon Tyler
    2018-11-30 09:01

    The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker is another fractured fairy tale win by E.D. Baker. Cory is a young tooth fairy in training who wants to be anything but. However her mother has been pushing her onto this path forever, and there is no way the Tooth Fairy Guild or her mother will let that happen. When Cory quits after a horrible night on the job to find ways to help others, like babysitting Humpty Dumpty, helping Suzy organize seashells by the seashore, and trying to rid Marjorie Muffet’s house of spiders. It isn't until Marjorie asks Cory to play matchmaker that Cory taps into a power she never knew she had. As she tries to understand her new-found romantic visions, will Cory finally discover her own true path?The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker is a fun and heart warming story about Cory facing off against other people’s expectations for her with her own happiness. She wants to do anything to help other people, rather than the task of collecting teeth. Her mother and the majority of the fairy land’s population thinks she is silly for wanting to leave a powerful guild- but she knows that she will not be happy dealing with teeth. I loved that her intelligence and creative solutions where what got her out of the majority of tough spots. It is her kindness and unknown power that get her out of the rest. Some great friends, determination, wit, and a bit of good fortune will see Cory to her happy ending. The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker was a great read. While it is written for children, I think the coming of age and fractured fairy tail aspects will make this story resinate with older children, teens, and adults as well.

  • Val
    2018-11-14 07:54

    Cory hates being a Tooth fairy. The hours are horrible, the human world is dangerous, and the pay is a joke. After one last attempt to collect teeth and being chased by a pack of dogs, she quits. She tries other jobs including babysitting Humpty Dumpty and ridding her friends house of giant spiders. None of these jobs seem quite right. As she tries to find her true purpose in life she discovers that quitting the Tooth Fairy Guild is not as easy as it seems. They will try anything to get her back including fairynapping! E.D. Baker is back with a new middle grade series set in the vast fairy tale world. The characters are familiar but the story has a few twists and turns that will keep readers turning the pages. Cory the Tooth Fairy and her pet groundhog Nibbles are likable characters and have some pretty fun adventures as she finds out what her gifts really are. The story tends to drag in a few places and there is not as much action and adventure as I would have expected. It's a cute concept and I think diehard Baker fans will enjoy this new series. My only big issue was the ending. It wraps up really quick and ends in a really awkward way. There is no cliffhanger and I was left wanting more but not exactly sure what "more" would be. Since it is a series and this was an ARC copy I am hoping that there might be a few changes or at least an expectation of what the next book in the series might be. I would suggest this title to tween readers who are fans of authors like Jessica Day George, Shannon Hale, and Anne Barrows. It is a cute book and one that has some promise.

  • Martha
    2018-11-16 05:52

    In the first title of The Fairy Tale Matchmaker stories, young Cory does the unthinkable, she quits her prestigious job in the Tooth Fairy Guild. Her mother and the entire guild object so harshly that Cory packs up her clothes and Noodles her pet woodchuck, and moves in with her wise and understanding Uncle Micah. Cory decides that she wants to do something important to really help people, and being a tooth fairy isn't satisfactory. Uncle Micah advises her to stay productive. At this point she hasn't decided which career is right for her, so she checks the want ads daily and selects small jobs such as babysitting Humpty Dumpty, mowing the lawn for the three little pigs, and babysitting the many children of the old woman in the shoe, to name just a few of the delightful fairy tale characters she encounters and works for. As she begins to make friends that she's met through her jobs, Marjorie Muffet and other fairy tale characters ask her if she could find them a suitable match. Cory tries her best to find them perfect boyfriends, but Marjorie and other customers are never satisfied. This delightful tale has many magical characters, witches, trolls, fairies, brownies, mermaids,etc. Throughout the story Marjorie follows her passion, even though the Fairy Tale Guild sends constant nasty obstacles such as wolves, jellyfish, worms, spiders,storms,etc. to attack her, through it all Cory never gives up. After trying many jobs, she finally finds her path with a bit of help from a mysterious character. This is a clever entertaining read for those who love an imaginative fun fairy tale.

  • Colleen
    2018-11-25 06:48

    I thought this book was great! I thought this was a refreshing take on the folk lore and nursery rhymes, such as Little Miss Muffet, Little Boy Blue, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, etc. These tales do not get redone as often as their other fairy tale/folk lore counter parts, like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, etc. There is the graphic novel series Fables, but those are more for adult audiences and this is geared toward kids. Another quality about this book, I thought was refreshing was our main characters have no definitive age. What I mean by that is we know our main heroine is younger compare to her mom and uncle and is older compare to the kid Humpty Dumpty in the book , but we were never given an age, like 12 (the seemingly median age of heroes in middle school age books). If anything the main characters in these books act more like upper high school to freshmen college, for example Cory (the heroine) talks about getting enough money to have her own place. We also know that some of her friends have their own houses, like Marjorie Muffet, but there was nothing that seem to say the characters were the equivalent age of a kid in middle school. The content is definitely towards middle school age, but at the same time the characters are accessible for any age. I highly recommend this book!

  • Peg
    2018-12-09 13:13

    Cory Feathering is following in her mother’s footsteps as a Tooth Fairy, but it’s just not for her! Despite her mother’s vehement objections, she notifies the Tooth Fairy Guild (TFG) of her resignation, moves in with her Uncle Micah, and sets out to determine the right job for her—preferably helping others. She takes a variety of odd jobs, including babysitting Humpty Dumpty, doing inventory with the lady selling sea shells by the seashore, and ridding Marjorie Muffet’s house of spiders, plays with her band, and hangs out with other characters from the nursery rhyme and fairy tale world. Her occasional visions lead her to dabble in matching up her friends with potential boyfriends, but not with great success. Meanwhile, her mother and the TFG harass her over quitting, with episodes escalating in severity. The text is overlong, with unnecessary detail about music sets and most events dealing with the harassment. Magic, over than her ability to transform, doesn’t appear until nearly a third of the way into the book. The appearance of an unknown relative neatly leads to Cory’s discovering her true destiny and finally adds some excitement to the slow-moving plot. More a teen’s search for identity than a fantasy, this had potential but falls short. Let’s hope Baker tightens up the other books to come in this new series.

  • Lauren
    2018-11-28 06:49

    This was a very boring, irritating, pointless story. I only gave it two stars because I forced myself to finish it and the last 20 pages actually had a plot but the rest of the story meanders through a whiny not so "fantastic" fairy's life crisis. The fact that she is a teenager makes it even more irritating because her problems are so superficial they drove me crazy. She is incredibly narrow minded and self centered. I would have expected a Fairy-Tale to be magical or mystical but it was just a teenage drama fest. I also don't enjoy reading stories where the main character has issues with her mother that are unexplained and seemingly unfounded. It seemed to me that her mother cared for her but from the main characters point of view her mother "just didn't understand her". Give me a break! Sorry, but I'm a mother of teenagers and believe it or not, we talk. I would never want any of my children to read this story. It is uninspiring and doesn't encourage any kind of proper development of relationships. If that is the author's point than I strongly don't recommend this book for young adults who need to be encouraged to develop healthy relationships.

  • Linnae
    2018-11-24 07:52

    Cory hates her job as a Tooth Fairy. All night long she has to dodge prowling animals, hide from sleepy humans, and deal with teeth--for which she gets paid less than a first year flower fairy. So she decides to quit once and for all--except that her mother and the Tooth Fairy Guild don't take well to rejection. She moves in with her uncle, but the harassment and vandalism from the guild start to escalate, as do the arguments with her mother. Meanwhile, she's working odd jobs (some more odd than others), playing in her band, and trying to figure out what her real vocation could be. Oh yes, and setting up friends with dates...for some reason.The best part of this book was the clever Help Wanted ads, along with Cory's jobs. The rest--eh, fluff. I would say for me it was a 2-star read. I bumped it up to 3, because I think for the intended audience (upper elementary-aged kids), this would be right on the money.