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Released November 1, 2011 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky


Is your magical kingdom falling apart? Twelve-year-old Jenny is on the case, whether she likes it or not. Saving the world might sound exciting, but for Jenny it’s starting to get old — even staying in the real world long enough to take a math test would be a dream come true! And when you throw in bloodthirsty unicorns, psychotic clowns, and the most useless gnome sidekick ever, Jenny decides that enough is enough. She’s leaving the adventuring business and not looking back. Or…is she?


Read the first UnFairy Tale chapter HERE.

Fun Stuff

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Teacher’s Guide

Download a free UnFairy Tale curriculum guide HERE.

Book Club Packet

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What people are saying

“Staniszewski’s debut is a speedy and amusing ride that displays a confident, on-the-mark brand of humor, mostly through Jenny’s wisecracking narration…the inventive and lighthearted premise will keep readers entertained.”–Publisher’s Weekly (read the full review here)

“A light comic romp…Staniszewski pitches her writing to a middle-school audience in her debut, emphasizing comedy along with non-threatening suspense, and keeps the tone chatty and frothy…An eye for imaginative detail mixes with these likable characters and a theme of empathy for others to keep the story appropriate to a younger audience, who easily will identify with Jenny. Charming.”–Kirkus (read the full review here)

“What a great read! Jenny is an adventurer I’d definitely want in my corner if my life ever took a wrong turn from ‘Happily Ever After’.”–Hélène Boudreau, author of Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings

“Readers will love this bold and feisty heroine as they are swept into Jenny’s many (mis)adventures.”–Jennifer Nielsen, author of Elliot and the Goblin War

“Anna Staniszewski creates a magical world that’s totally relatable. You’ll find yourself wishing you were alongside Jenny fighting against unicorns (who aren’t as peaceful as you think) and traveling to fantastical realms.”–GirlsLife.com (read the full review here)

“A funny, fast-paced novel of magical mayhem.”–Discovery Girls Magazine

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