Fairest by Gail Carson LevineFairest by Gail Carson Levine


byGail Carson Levine

Paperback | July 24, 2012

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Once upon a time, there was a girl who wanted to be pretty . . .

Aza's singing is the fairest in all the land, and the most unusual. She can "throw" her voice so it seems to come from anywhere. But singing is only one of the two qualities prized in the Kingdom of Ayortha. Aza doesn't possess the other: beauty. Not even close. She's hidden in the shadows in her parents' inn, but when she becomes lady-in-waiting to the new queen, she has to step into the light—especially when the queen demands a dangerous favor. A magic mirror, a charming prince, a jealous queen, palace intrigue, and an injured king twine into a maze that Aza must penetrate to save herself and her beloved kingdom.

Gail Carson Levine is the author of the Newbery Honor Book Ella Enchanted; New York Times bestsellers Ever and Fairest; ALA Notable Book Dave At Night; The Wish; The Two Princesses of Bamarre; the six Princess Tales books; the nonfiction book Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly; and a companion to this picture book, Betsy Who Crie...
Title:FairestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.7 inPublished:July 24, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060734108

ISBN - 13:9780060734107

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from another winner by miss levine! after reading "ella enchanted" recently i wanted to try other books by the same author. i absolutely LOVED this book! such a fun and unique perspectively on the classic "snow white" story. would definitely recommend for students in grade 4 or higher!
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fairest This was a good quick read. I didn't like how the story focused so much on the beauty aspect of Aza and really wished for more story. I was really disappointed in the end about it finding out who Aza's birth parents were. I thought it would have been the queen of the gnomes and it would have turned out she was a princess this entire time, but I guess we will never know.
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read. Perfectly written for teens. An interesting take on an older fairy tale.
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! This is based on Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, although Levine makes the fairy tale completely her own in this book. I like Ella Enchanted a little better, but this book is nearly as good. Young teen girls are most likely to enjoy this book.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from meh not one of gail carson Levine's good books. Overall, it was very confusing and the plot was hard to follow. I couldn't understand the characters at all even after reading it a couple times.
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My Junior-High Self Loved This Read this in junior high and I liked it back then.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story! A wonderful retelling of Snow White. Magical and enchanting.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! One of my favourites as a kid :)
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not good Convoluted story, unlikeable and flat characters. Really disappointing, as my favourite book is Levine's "Ella Enchanted." For a better Snow White retelling, check out the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful The story was beautiful and compelling.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this as a child, still do! This is a great read for children and adults the same! So whimsical
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fairest I've loved this book for years! The adventures Aza encounters are wonderful and the characters are delightful.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! Levine has done it again! Although I love Ella Enchanted this one is not at the same level. Still a great read and still worth people's time but if you're expecting the same greatness from Ella Enchanted then no luck. But still worth a read
Date published: 2011-05-19

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