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Fairest by Gail Carson Levine


Book Summary

Adopted into a loving innkeeper's family, Aza struggles with feeling ugly, in spite of the fact that she has one of the most beautiful singing voices ever heard.  When she has the opportunity to visit the castle and attend the wedding of the King and his new Queen, Aza makes quite an impression.  Before long, she is involved in a secret that could lead to her imprisonment--or the downfall of the kingdom.

Fairest book cover

Book Review

This book shares a number of similarities with The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale; things aren't as easy as they ought to be for a fairy tale heroine with a bit of magic at her disposal.  If you enjoy more complex fairy tales, this is a fine choice.

Readers of Ella Enchanted will recognize Areida, Aza's younger sister, who goes to boarding school and befriends Ella there.  While there are occasional references to cities and characters common to both books, readers who have not read Ella Enchanted will have no problem reading Fairest first.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Singers
  • Loyalty / Betrayal
  • Fairy Tales
  • Royal Court Drama
  • Romance

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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