The Night Fairy, by Laura Amy Schlitz
Prepare to have your notions of fairyhood debunked: Flory, our heroine, can be snarky and rough. But she’s also gutsy, loyal, and inherently good. The story of how Flory must fend for herself after losing her wings brings equal doses of character and suspense—and offers a satisfying antidote to all those prissy princess tales.
Best for: 7- to 11-year-olds.
To buy: $7, Candlewick, amazon.com.