Fairy Chronicles: Mimosa and the River of Wisdom

The Mimosa Fairy, 10 year-old Alexandra Hastings, has a problem—she knows she cannot use her fairy magic for anything but fairy business. However, her mother cannot seem to quit smoking and Alexandra is terrified that she will lose her mother just as she lost her father when she was 4. If Alexandra uses magic, she can help her mother stop smoking forever. But then, Alexandra will lose her fairy spirit and never be a fairy again. What should she do?

If the plot of this Fairy Chronicles book seems darker and more sophisticated to you than the previous installments, you’re right. Mimosa and the River of Wisdom has the same thoughtful, kind, intelligent young female characters; the same quirky details of lemon jellybeans and raspberries at fairy feasts; and the same adventurous tale of fairies on a quest. However, the addition of Alexandra’s dilemma over whether she should break fairy rules to help her mother moves the story into an entirely different realm.

Alexandra is chosen to lead a mission to recover the librarian of the Library of the Ages. The Library of the Ages is part of the River of Wisdom, and houses all the wisdom mankind could ever need. When humans are in need of wisdom, swifts carry it to them from the Library. However, everything is in chaos now that the librarian has been lured away by the Spirit of Ignorance. As the sensitive and understanding Mimosa Fairy, Alexandra is the perfect fairy to deal with the Spirit of Ignorance and bring the librarian back.

Throughout the entire mission, Alexandra cannot think of anything other than the decision she must make about her mother. I must admit, I found it difficult to focus on the adventure myself, wondering how Alexandra’s problem was going to be solved. The ending is a bit of a shock: not a bad one, but enough to make this book stand out from the others of the series as probably better for more mature readers who will be able to thoroughly discuss Alexandra’s decision with their parents.

After finishing the story, readers can learn interview techniques, information about the health problems inherent with smoking, and general facts about rivers and elevators.

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