Taylor Smart has a pretty good life despite her mean teachers and snooty classmates. Of course, that is before she is kidnapped by the Fair Folk and whisked into a world she never dreamed could be real.
Apparently, the cuddly versions of those old faery tales don’t tell the whole story, and middle school never prepared Taylor for a world filled with bogeymen, trolls, dwarves, and spriggans. But that’s what she finds in the faery realm its inhabitants call the Wonder.
Taylor is thrown into a quest to discover her true identity guided by Danny Underhill, her erstwhile kidnapper. But will the shapeshifting trickster’s dark secrets spell her doom? And how will Taylor decide which world, fae or human, is truly her own?
Children of Pride (Into the Wonder) (Volume 1) by Darrell J. Pursiful is a young adult fantasy that dumps Taylor right into an incredible world. She is kidnapped from her normal human life by the Fair Folk and taken to a completely surreal world. This isn’t your typical fairy tale. This strange world is filled with dwarves, trolls, and even bogeymen. When Taylor’s kidnapper, Danny Underhill, joins her on a quest, things get stranger and stranger. Together they must discover Taylor’s true identity. Throughout the many complex plot twists and turns, Taylor faces situations that test her and the direction of what she believes is right and wrong. But the shape shifting trickster will do whatever it takes to doom Taylor. And how will Taylor decide which world she wants to return to — human or fae?
This is a really nice book written for the youngest end of the young adult audience and could be appropriate for younger children readers. However, some of the fairy tales are dark in nature, so that may be why it is a book for older audiences. This isn’t a typical fairy tale story, but it isn’t unnecessarily scary or gory either. It is a nice blend of sweet and caring with dark and scary, but never crosses the line into nightmare scary. I loved the characters and the fact that they always tried to do what was right and honorable whenever they could. Great job!
—Janelle Fila for Readers’ Favorite