Monday, June 8, 2020

MMGM ~ BAD FAIRY with Author Elaine Kaye

Welcome to another edition of Marvelous Middle Grade Monday! #MMGM Super glad you're here because I've got the cuties new middle grade release that puts the sweet back in bad.

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Bad Fairy

Series: A Bad Fairy Adventure (Book One)
Author: Elaine Kaye
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Fantasy Middle Grade
Length: 66 pages
Age Range: 8-12

Description: Thistle Greenbud is not a bad fairy. She simply doesn't like rules, and it's just her luck that her homework is to create a new rule for the fairy handbook. But first, she has more important things to do. Like figure out how to get back at Dusty and Moss for playing tricks on her.
Before she can carry out her plan, though, disaster strikes and she finds herself working alongside the very fairies she wanted revenge on. Can they work together and trust each other, or will things go from bad to worse?

In Bad Fairy, we meet many different kinds of fairies, including pixies and brownies. Other magical creatures are mentioned as well, because many creatures (from fauns to boggarts) live in Pinecone Grove, where Thistle Greenbud, the main character of Bad Fairy, lives.

Check out this glossary of magical creatures and what they are:

Boggarts - evil spirits that cause mischief in houses, from spoiling milk to kidnapping children. They also live in marshes and fields.

Brownies - industrious fairies that help in farms and houses.

Fauns - half-human, half-goat. They protect wildlife of the woods and fields.

Flower Fairies - plant spirits that live and sleep in their own special flower. They even wear dresses to match the flowers they care for.

Gnomes - earth spirits that live underground.

Goblins - scary-looking, mischievous creatures that are greedy for gold, jewelry, and anything that sparkles.

Ogres - cannibalistic, brutish monsters with human features.

Troop - a group of fairies.

Trolls - unfriendly creatures that dwell in mountains and caves.

Pixies - house fairies that only wear green and love their pointed hats.


I turn at the sound of talking behind me. Shock flits through me. There is a line of fairies at our back door—pixies, brownies, house elves, gnomes, even a few flower fairies. What in Fairy Land is going on? Well, at least there aren’t any goblins, boggarts, trolls, or ogres! I turn back to our kitchen.

The fairy Mom is interviewing now is a pixie, the most beloved of all fairies. They always wear green, and this pixie’s dress is a bright green, which matches her pointed hat. Pixies are never seen without their pointed hats.

Standing at the counter, I eat dried mushrooms with a glass of cold chamomile tea. After a few minutes, the young pixie walks out the front door, with her head hanging low.

“What’s all this about, Mom?”

“I knew you couldn’t wait to ask.” She gets up to stretch her legs and fluff out her wings. 
“Your dad and I have been doing a lot of talking lately about getting some help here at home.”

“But why?” I interrupt. “I help you all the time. Why do we need someone else in our little home?” I feel hurt that all the help I do doesn’t matter.

“My sweet bumblebee.” Mom puts her arm around me. “All this has happened so fast my head is in a bee buzz. Your dad found out from Mr. Thorn at the factory that they need someone to tie ribbon onto fairy dust bags. It’ll give us extra money.”

My mom working? I want her at home, with me. But one look at her and I can’t deny the twinkle in her eyes at the idea.

“Mom, that’s great, if you want to do it. You are so good at crafts, and I know how much you love creating with ribbons. You would be great at this new job. I’m so happy for you.” I give her a hug.

Love picture books? Here's a chance to WIN 3 Signed Paperback Picture Books!
Pea Soup Disaster, Doctor Mom, The Missing Alphabet
Giveaway deets: One winner, International, Ends - July 1, 2020 12:00am Eastern Standard Time

Elaine Kaye
is the author of A Gregory Green Adventure series. She first created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup, thus inspiring the story Pea Soup Disaster. Bad Fairy is her middle grade debut and the first of A Bad Fairy Adventure series.
Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher’s assistant in elementary schools in the Sunshine State. She currently lives in Florida, but she has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home. She is a grandmother of three boys.

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  1. This looks super cute! Thanks for share. I'm going to see if it's at our library.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by! I'm sure Elaine appreciates it.

    2. Hi, Matt! It won't be available in your library system, unfortunately, but it is available through online retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble for print and eBook.

  2. This sounds like a really fun story! The different magical creatures are quite interesting. Thanks for the great review!

    1. I was fascinated by all the magical creatures, too! I'm sure kids will love them. Thank you for stopping by.

  3. I never knew there were so many magical creatures! What a fun sounding story and one that would make a great read-aloud. Best of luck to Elaine on this new release. —Also if time allows you might want to change the MMGM link to avoid any confusion. Shannon has been off the job for 2 1/2 years. The correct link is

    1. And so many more magical creatures than what's listed here. :)

      Thank you, Greg!

  4. I love all those magical creatures. I agree with Greg. This sounds like a fun read-aloud. Congrats to Elaine!

    1. Thanks, Natalie! I love to hear that so many think it'd be a fun read-aloud.

  5. I don't read fantasy, but this sure sounds like a cute book for younger middle-graders. Thanks the felling me about it.

    1. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your thoughts! Much appreciated. 

  6. I love magical creatures. This is a sweet read for young readers. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Hi, S.A.! Thank you so much for including Bad Fairy in your Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays post. The comments here have made my day.

    1. That's wonderful to hear! It was a pleasure featuring this sweet story.

  8. "puts the sweet back in bad." I love that! Thank you so much for hosting my mom for her new release. <3

    1. It was a pleasure getting the word out about her book! Thanks for thinking of me.

  9. Congrats, Elaine!
    And thanks, Sheri, for your kind words last week!

  10. I'm so glad Elaine's book is getting a lot of exposure. It looks super-cute!

  11. This looks like a lot of fun for young readers. Congrats, Elaine!


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