Fairy Treasure

Author: Gwyneth Rees
Read by: Sophie Ward
BBC Audio
RRP: 11.99
ISBN-13: 978 1 405 67721 9
ISBN-10: 1 40567 721 X
Available 02 April 2007

Connie doesn't like books, and she has never believed in fairies. So, staying with her aunt and uncle, she is surprised to find herself exploring their library - and she is even more amazed when Ruby, a tiny fairy-girl, suddenly appears. Ruby says that she is a book fairy - but she is in terrible trouble. She has broken fairy law by trying to send a ruby ring through a magical gateway to fairyland. Now the ring has disappeared, and Ruby has been banished from fairyland until she finds it. Lonely and unhappy after the death of her baby sister, Connie sets out to help her new friend. But can Connie and Ruby find the missing ring - before the doorway to fairyland is closed forever?...

Fairy Treasure is a young girl's fantasy tale by Gwyneth Rees. Unlike most stories aimed at the very young, the adult characters in this work of fiction are actually quite well rounded - not just two-dimensional stereotypes as can often be the case. Those that have heard the previous tale, Fairy Dust, will know what I mean.

While Rees still lets us believably see through the eyes of a little girl, her writing is strong enough to also ensure that adults can also enjoy this tale - which means that those car journeys won't be too painful for the adults either.

This three CD collection is beautifully read by Sophie Ward, who doesn't shove the story down your throat. Her natural, soft delivery ensure that this will be well received.

A wonderful, magic tale that will find a special place in the hearts of young and old alike.

Amber Leigh

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