The Bling Fairies of Junkett Falls
by Maureen Sky
Inspired by the author’s knowledge about Bakelite jewelry, Bling Fairies are little creatures that thrive within jewelry boxes. One of them is Velvy, a young teenage fairy preparing to do a “spin” – a coming-of-age event akin to graduation that is all about honor, respect and accomplishment. Along the way, she encounters some very hard situations, but she does not face them alone, for the others come to her aid to help.
I can give this story an A for creativity, however for content, flow, character depth, grammar, and overall appearance I must say there is work yet to be done. The Bling Fairies has a storyline with promise, however the intended audience is truly missing and confusing. It was very hard to follow. I originally thought Bling Fairies was a children’s book, however upon reading, I immediately noticed it was written at the middle level. So in essence, it has a elementary storyline/theme, that’s written for the middle level student. There is a lot going on. If this story is truly meant to be for the younger reader, I would suggest that it be broken into 4 to 5 smaller books. The illustrations are sprinkled throughout, however do not have a specific flow to the details of the page. As an educator, it would be hard for me to recommend this book to one of my fellow colleagues, however with a little more polishing up and attention to storylines and cleaner illustrations, it could have some promise.
Maureen Sky is a wife, a mother, and a grandmother, who lives in Bernardston, Massachusetts with her husband, Eddie, and their male tiger cat, Grueby. Now retired, she has always been very creative throughout her life – sewing and painting, having won ribbons at local county fairs for her crafts, paintings and others. She worked many years in the public sector as a school secretary for two local high schools. Just recently, she has taken another creative path to become an author. The Bling Fairies of Junkett Falls is her first written book, illustrated by her as well.