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Of Giants and Ice

Of Giants and Ice by Shelbey Bach

A strange Mrs. White shows up at Rory's school.  Very pale, very dark hair, very red lips, she is recruiting for the Ever After program, for after school.  She also lays out a mirror fragment after she hands out the applications.

Rory applies, and finds that the mirror reflects something that is -- not her.  And when she arrives, she is swept off without a proper orientation and find herself nose to nose with a dragon.  She helps fight it, though she's not the one who actually kills it.

On the bright side, none of the kids there instantly recognize her as the daughter of a Hollywood movie director and a Hollywood star, so she goes back and finds out more about becoming a Character in a fairy tale.  You can't choose it, but it's best to be prepared.  Even though she learns to hate her name:  "Aurora" did not please her in itself, and the prospect of being Sleeping Beauty does not appeal.

The rest of the story involves the stirring of an old enemy, a classmate's father's weakness for mead, gigantic mother-in-law troubles, facing phobias, Rapunzel giving oracular sayings that, with some luck, you might figure out in time to prevent disaster, buying the wrong thing at a magic fair, and much more.

Uses a fair number of fairy tales that are not among the best known.  Or even among the somewhat known.  "The White Snake" appears, for instance.  Will post in a separate posting about the abuse of language while explaining why people don't notice them or their enemies.
Tags: fiction reviews: children's fantasy, fiction reviews: fairy tale based
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