Today we’ve got a fun sneak peek at a new middle grade book from best-selling author Sophie Kinsella. Fairy in Waiting is the sequel to Fairy Mom & Me, and we’ve got a couple fun little snippets to share with you — PLUS your chance to win a finished copy of the book. Keep reading for details!
When my mom turns into a fairy, she still looks like herself but even more beautiful. The sunlight was gleaming on her wings, and her dress was all sparkly and her silver crown shimmered.
I remembered the spell for a vanilla ice cream with sprinkles on top.I knew I wasn’t supposed to do any magic, especially with a Computawand that wasn’t mine, but an ice cream cone would be yummy. If I ate it quickly, no one would know.
I pressed 4-3-2-bleep-bleep-boop. Then I waved the wand and said “Sprinkleridoo!”
Suddenly all three were fairies with shimmering wings. Mom was wearing a silver crown, Aunty Jo Fairy was wearing her diamond crown, and Granny Fairy was wearing her golden crown with blue stones. When you become a grown-up fairy, you choose your Fairy Crown and you have it forever. Mine is going to be pink and silver with diamonds all over.
Ella Brook is used to being a fairy in waiting. It means that one day she will become a fairy with her own sparkly wings and Computawand, just like her mom.
But sometimes Ella doesn’t want to have to wait any longer. After all, she helps her mom remember magic codes all the time! If only there were a spell for growing up faster.
Will Ella prove that she’s ready to become a fairy? Or will she learn that she doesn’t need real magic to save the day?
Sophie’s latest novel, Surprise Me, presents a humorous yet moving portrait of a marriage—its intricacies, comforts, and complications. Surprise Me reveals that hidden layers in a close relationship are often yet to be discovered.
Sophie Kinsella first hit the UK bestseller lists in September 2000 with her first novel in the Shopaholic series – The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (also published as Confessions of a Shopaholic). The book’s heroine, Becky Bloomwood – a fun and feisty financial journalist who loves shopping but is hopeless with money – captured the hearts of readers worldwide. Becky has since featured in seven further bestselling books, Shopaholic Abroad (also published as Shopaholic Takes Manhattan), Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Shopaholic & Sister, Shopaholic & Baby, Mini Shopaholic, Shopaholic to the Stars and Shopaholic to the Rescue. Becky Bloomwood came to the big screen in 2009 with the hit Disney movie Confessions of a Shopaholic, starring Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy.
Sophie has also written seven standalone novels which have all been bestsellers in the UK, USA and other countries around the world: Can You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, Wedding Night, and My Not So Perfect Life, which was a Goodreads Choice Awards finalist for Best Fiction in 2017.
In 2014 she published a Young Adult novel Finding Audrey about a teenage girl with social anxiety and her madcap family, and in January 2018, Sophie published her first illustrated book for young readers about the charming adventures of a mother-daughter fairy duo, Mummy Fairy and Me (also published as Fairy Mom and Me).
Sophie wrote her first novel under her real name, Madeleine Wickham, at the tender age of 24, whilst she was working as a financial journalist. The Tennis Party was immediately hailed as a success by critics and the public alike and became a top ten bestseller. She went on to publish six more novels as Madeleine Wickham: A Desirable Residence, Swimming Pool Sunday, The Gatecrasher, The Wedding Girl, Cocktails for Three and Sleeping Arrangements.
Sophie was born in London. She studied music at New College, Oxford, but after a year switched to Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She now lives in London, UK, with her husband and family.
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