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My (Sort of) Fairy Tale Ending by Anna Staniszewski

Today Biblio Links welcomes back author Anna Staniszewski!

My-Sort-Of-Fairy-Tale-Ending-CoverAnna’s third book in her My Very Unfairy Tale Life series was released earlier this month. Just like the first two books, I adored Jenny in My Sort of Fairy Tale Ending. She’s flawed, magical, earnest, and sincere.

Here’s the plot summary from the publisher’s website:

You think a trip to Fairy Land sounds fun? Clearly you’ve never been turned into a mouse by an Evil Queen.

This. Is. It. My most important mission as a magical adventurer ever. And probably my last. ‘Cause I’m pretty sure if I defy the council and travel to Fairy Land to rescue my parents, I’m so fired. They say it’s too dangerous. That the Queen Fairy is crazy, and she’s hoarding all the magic to do unspeakable things (like steal the leprechauns’ gold and make all of her subjects attend mandatory parades).

But none of that matters. I finally have a chance at happily ever after with my family. And crazy fairy or no crazy fairy, I’ll do whatever it takes to bring them home.


In my library, I get fairy book requests daily  from little girls (K-2). But older readers like fairies, too, and I have a hard time keeping this series on the shelves. 

I asked Anna how her book fits into the classroom.

Anna Staniszewski-1Biblio Links: A student walks into my library and I think, “That kid needs a copy of MY VERY (SORT OF) FAIRY TALE ENDING.” Who is this kid?
Anna Staniszewski: That kid is someone who likes to laugh and who enjoys adventures that turn traditional fairy tales upside-down. And if that kid is a fan of puns, even better!
Biblio Links: If we were to peek into a classroom where a teacher is using your book in a lesson or with a small group, what might we see?

Anna Staniszewski: We’d see a lively discussion about fractured fairy tales–why we like retelling fairy tales, and why they’re so fun to “break.” I suspect there might also be a round of Fairy Tale Mad Libs (which is a big hit during my school visits).
Biblio Links: What writing advice do you have for kids?
Anna Staniszewski:Never stop writing! I’ve loved writing since I was young, but for a while I let other things in life distract me from it. If you enjoy writing then make sure to always make it a top priority.

Biblio Links: Where can teachers, librarians and students learn more about you and your book?
Anna Staniszewski: They can visit my website ( where I have information about my books, upcoming events, school visits, etc.

Thanks for stopping by, Anna!

Here’s a bit more about the wonderful Anna:

Born in Poland and raised in the United States, Anna Staniszewski grew up loving stories in both Polish and English. She was named the 2006-2007 Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library and a winner of the 2009 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award. Currently, Anna lives outside of Boston with her husband and their black Labrador, Emma.

When she’s not writing, Anna spends her time teaching, reading, and challenging unicorns to games of hopscotch. She is the author ofMy Very UnFairy Tale Life and its sequels, My Epic Fairy Tale Fail and My Sort of Fairy Tale Ending, all published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. Look for the first book in Anna’s next tween series, The Dirt Diary, in January 2014, and visit her at

Click here  to read the sparkling reviews and first chapter of My  (Sort of) Fairy Tale Ending and check out the trailer:

…and the first two books in the series!


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The Nitty Gritty~

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Publication Date: November 5, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1402279331 (paperback)

Interest Level: Ages 9-12

Reading Level: 4.5

Number of Pages: 224

Thanks to Sheila at Book Journeys for starting this meme, and Jen (Teach Mentor Texts) and Kellee (Unleashing Readers) for turning it into a kid-lit meme! Click here for more Monday reviews.

Thanks to Sheila at Book Journeys for starting this meme, and Jen (Teach Mentor Texts) and Kellee (Unleashing Readers) for turning it into a kid-lit meme! Click here for more Monday reviews.

Visit Shannon Messenger's website for more marvelous middle grade titles!
Visit Shannon Messenger’s website for more marvelous middle grade titles!



The Tiptoe Guide series, written by Ammi-Joan Paquette

Today Biblio Links welcomes prolific author Ammi-Joan Paquette!

Joan’s first book The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies, was published last year. She followed that picture book with a lovely middle grade novel, Nowhere Girl  and now she celebrates the release of her second Tiptoe book, The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids.

And that’s not all…Joan has several more picture books under contract as well as a young adult novel. Needless to say, this isn’t the last we’ll see of Joan here on BiblioLinks!

My own children and students love the whimsical Tiptoe books. These books are beautifully illustrated, poetic invitations to explore the world around us, whether it be our own backyards or our imaginations. They are meant to be shared with a child.

I asked Joan to tell us how her books fit into the classroom.

BiblioLinks:  A student walks into my library and I think, That kid needs a copy of THE TIPTOE GUIDE TO TRACKING MERMAIDS or THE TIPTOE GUIDE TO TRACKING FAIRIES. Who is this kid?

Joan: This kid is one who loves nature, enjoys spending time in the outdoors, and would go barefoot every day if allowed. This child might have a leaf collection in his or her room, might press wildflowers between the pages of the big dictionary, and comes back from walks with pockets full of interestingly-shaped rocks. These books are also for the child who loves magic, who is open to seeing the possibilities in the mundane everyday; the child who still believes, who keeps her sense of wonder. It’s for any child who has ever strapped on wings and wished she could fly.

BiblioLinks: If we were to peek into a classroom where a teacher is using the Tiptoe  books in a lesson or with a small group, what might we see?

 Joan: I see the TIPTOE GUIDES as a springboard into the natural world. In these days of overabundant electronics, when everything around is beeping and buzzing and whirring, I see these books as a window into the magical world that lies just outside the front door. Not only for use at recess and free play, however, there are many classroom applications—from plant life studies, to animal habitats, to planning a nature collection, and more.

 BiblioLinks: Where can teachers, librarians and students learn more about you and your book?

 Joan: You can visit me at my website,, and  you can also stop by the publisher’s website

Biblio Links: Thanks for joining us, Joan!

Teachers and librarians, click here for glowing reviews. For a peek inside Mermaids, click here, and these links give you a peek into Fairies. Click here for a curriculum guide to using Fairies with students.

The Nitty Gritty~

Publisher: Tanglewood Press

Publication Dates: September, 2011 and February 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1933718507–The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies

ISBN-13: 978-1933718590–The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids

Interest Level: 3-8 years

Number of Pages: 32