Monday, July 25, 2011

Gail Carson Levine

Rather than posting about one good book, today I'm going to post about an author who has written a lot of really amazing fantasy books. She has even written a book about writing fantasy books! Her name is Gail Carson Levine. 

Her stories seem to fly off the page, you can't help but fall in love with them!!!

Her newest book is called A Tale of Two Castles.

It looks so good, but I haven't read it yet because there are 32 people in front of me on the hold list who also think it looks good. 

But, I have read most of her other books.

Last night I finished reading Fairest

Well, re-reading to be exact.

This book takes an exciting twist on the tale of Snow White. 

But, it is much more exciting. The Snow White character, Aza, is ugly. She is a hard worker, and does much more than just sing and look cute, although she does have an amazing voice. And her prince is much more than just handsome. 

The first books I read by her were the Princess Tales.

These are six, short easier to read fairy tale retellings. Personally, I think they are hysterical. Pascal doesn't see why, so maybe it is just me. You'll have to read them for yourself and tell me what you think. 

Then, there is Ella Enchanted. 

I have only read it once, and that was so long ago, I don't remember much about it except that I loved it! 

This one twist up Cinderella. 

And then there is the book Ever.

I don't think it is a fairy tale retelling, but I could be wrong. Rather than having the usual castle and kingdom flair of her other books, this one is set in a middle eastern type of world, very exotic. 

This next book was originally supposed to be a retelling ot the 12 dancing princesses. It is called The Two Princesses of Bamarre.

It didn't turn out that way though. I read it so long ago, that, once again, I don't remember much. But it is a very powerful story. 

And I can't forget The Wish!

This story takes place in our modern world. But, of course, it has a little bit of a magical twist.

But wait! There is still more!

She has written three Disney fairy books, I have only read Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg, but there are also Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand, and Fairies and the Quest for Neverland.

Then, there is the book Dave at Night.

Once again, I haven't read this one, but everything else she has written has been good, so I have high hopes.

And, then she has also written a few picture books!

Betsy Who cried Wolf, and Betsy Red Hoodie.

And, if you read her books, and want to write like her, you'll need Writing Magic:Creating Stories that Fly!

I love this book because I feel connected to Ms. Levine when I read it. I feel like I can do anything, and that someday, I 'll become a great writer!

I hope you find something you like. I know the I can't wait to read the ones that I haven't gotten to yet!

Lots of Love and Happy Reading,



  1. Thanks for the book recommendations, I've been needing to find some new ones to listen to while I'm out on my bike!

  2. I also love Gail Carson Levine. She is my favorite auther