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Publisher's Note:

Cory is a young tooth fairy in training who wants to be anything but that, except there's no way the Tooth Fairy Guild or her mother will let that happen. After yet another bad night on the job, Cory quits to explore other things--like babysitting an adventurous Humpty Dumpty, helping Suzy organize seashells by the seashore, and attempting to finally rid the spiders that plague Marjorie Muffet. But it isn't until Marjorie asks Cory to help set her up with a boy that Cory taps into a power s he never knew she had. As she tries to understand her new-found romantic visions, will Cory finally discover her own true path? Just as she did with her Wide-Awake Princess series, E. D. Baker spins a tale that is poised to launch her to the top of the fairy tale canon with a new series that fans of Gail Carson Levine and Diana Wynne Jones.…

Overall Book Review:

Fairy tales, mythical/magical creatures, as well as nursery rhymes are brought together in E.D. Baker’s latest modern-day fairy tale, The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker. Cory, a tooth fairy-in-training, realizes she wants more out of life and in this novel the reader follows her on the path of self-discovery. In a way this is a coming of age story, as Cory learns to follow her dreams. Along the way she learns a little more about herself, makes new friends, and learns new skills–all with the magic of a fairy tale setting.

The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker is a delightful story that is at times a little cliché in a good, make-you-smile kind of way.  It includes many from the familiar cast of those beloved childhood tales, but not always quite how the reader might remember them. With these twists and turns, E.D. Baker puts a very modern twist on these familiar tales, which will capture the imagination of readers young and old alike.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Property broken with a threatening note; secondhand account of character punching another; character thought to have been mistreated by giants; characters’ homes blown by wolf; secondhand account of a kidnapping; pet kidnapped; character bound, kidnapped and detained; character pushed around; character stripped of magical powers (kind of a magical torture); character shoots an arrow at others in role as cupid; character turns another into a animal.

Sex/Nudity:  Characters hold hands (4 accounts); hug (2 accounts); kiss (3 accounts),

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of parent, bullying.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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About the Reviewer

I remember as a young girl sneaking out of my bedroom to read by the hall light my parents left on, just so I could finish an exciting book. I’ve always loved books and reading is somewhat of a passion for me–something I’m passing on to my kids. I have four children and I have a hard time making them turn out the light when they say, “But I just got to the good part”.