The only problem is that six other fairies died (one for every time she shouted out the words), too. She is informed of this by a hobgoblin who suddenly appears, scolding her for her actions, and even though some of those other fairies were wicked ones, too, the others were not. Clemency, a resourceful girl who has made herself a very stylish pair of burlap pants, realizes she must somehow atone for her actions. She and the hobgoblin dart around the globe, trying to figure out how to bring the dead fairies back to life.
My favorite fairy of the ones who were accidentally killed is the Fairy of Noninvasive Surgery. Unfortunately at the time of her demise she was removing a pea that had been inserted into the ear of "a little girl who should have known better." Now the little girl, who lives on the icy tundra in the heart of Siberia, has a pea in her ear as well as a dead fairy. Clemency clearly has her work cut out for her!
I loved the premise of this book, as well as the action-packed humor and details. Clemency makes mistakes, and sometimes she can't figure out what to do. But she's clever and persistent, she tries different approaches, and her heart is definitely in the right place. I will certainly be reading about Clemency's further adventures!
To date, the books in the Clemency Pogue series are:
- Fairy Killer
- The Hobgoblin Proxy
- The Scrivener Bees
Clemency Pogue: Fairy Killer by J.T. Petty; illustrated by Will Davis (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2005)
Publisher recommends for ages 9 - 12