​​THE CONCEPT OF THE SERIES

 

The new Fairy Oak series comprises four books, each of which is filled with the colours, sounds, atmospheres, deeds and characters that play a leading role in a fundamental moment, a characteristic of the Trilogy.
Each of the four books deal in an independent and conclusive way with Love, Magic, Friendship, and Family in Fairy Oak.
To do this, they make use once more of the familiar voice of Telli the fairy, but there’s something new.

In each book, together with the twins, an outstanding role is reserved for a particular main character whose personality conditions the point of view of the story.
The format, and the graphic layout change to correspond with and enhance the most episodic part of the narrative: in each book, in fact, a common thread links episodes separated in space and above all in time, with a view to providing a rich, variegated and complete portrayal of the central theme.
So, all four books are distinct from one another and different from the Trilogy.

Further, they are not intended to be a follow-up to the original story so much as an elaboration of its most characteristic aspects. But the style of the titles, subtitles, and a similar graphic design is common to all four books and all four episodes, which are linked to one another in the same way as the village walls and the watch towers of Fairy Oak are linked together in order to safeguard the heart and the essence of that world.
At the same time, the graphic style and the images of the twins, present on all the covers along with the main co-star of each theme, inevitably connect the new series with the original story.

Fairy Oak, Love and Captain Grisam, Grisam, Elisabetta Gnone, Bombus, Alastair McEwen

Love and Captain Grisam

A Tale of the Sea, Intrepid Youngsters and Love

Released: November 2008

Genre: Fantasy Novel

Formats: Hardcover with dust jacket, Paperback

Pages: 231 + 2 sixteenmo in colour

Age level: 9 and up

Author: Elisabetta Gnone

Translated from the italian by: Alastair McEwen

 

 

Book Synopsis

“I decided in that moment that I would reveal to my friends four mysteries of Fairy Oak that they still didn’t know. One story per evening for four evenings, after which I would never talk again about the past. On the first evening I talked about love, on the second about amazing spells, on the third about friendship, and on the fourth I told them about a farewell.”

Telli’s time in the village is up and so the fairy returns home to the Kingdom of the Silvery Dews. Waiting to welcome her, she finds all her friends who, not satisfied with the letters received over the years, wish to know even more about the village and its inhabitants. So Telli decides to tell four more stories.

She will reveal four secrets of Fairy Oak, one secret every evening for four evenings, then she will no longer talk about the past.

She devotes the first evening to the Captain’s Band and the Captain himself, entrusting Grisam, the twins and the rest of the gang with the task of revealing the secret concealed behind the identity of William Talbot.
Assembled in the cave, or in the hut, by the light of fairies or of oil lamps, under Oak’s branches on cold but sunny days or in the twins’ house, in the tower or in front of the fire, the youngsters put together the pieces of their Captain’s story, which unfolds in a series of stunning twists.
In fact a mystery enshrouds the past of the man who said he was a valiant commander.
On opening his sea chest, Grisam, Vanilla, Lavender, Flox and Shirley come across a letter.
It is addressed to a dearly beloved wife and is signed by the Captain of the Isabella II, but something doesn’t add up. The signature at the foot of the letter is not that of Captain William E. Talbot, as the kids expected, but of a mysterious “Captain W. Edward Temby”. And there’s worse! Captain Temby writes that he has accepted on board his ship “that flea-ridden vagabond Talbot”! The children are stunned. They cannot believe that their Captain lied.
In the meantime, the handsome inventor Jim Burium must return home. In saying goodbye to Vanilla, he declares his love for her and not only that: young Burium also conceals a secret that no one thinks to connect with Temby’s letter, mistakenly…
On opening the trunk, the young friends have freed a story locked up and forgotten for many years, deliberately forgotten! A story that doesn’t concern the Captain alone. A few clues, unexpected discoveries and laconic memories lead the youngsters to put together the pieces of a buried past that sometimes seems obscure and even frightening.
Who was William Talbooth? And Edward Temby?
Who really wrote that letter?
And why had Jim run away from home before arriving in Fairy Oak?
Strange but true, the image that slowly takes shape before the astonished eyes of the twins and their friends, that which emerges from the fog of mystery, has the eyes and smile of love.
Is this why, after the trunk is opened, that the entire village seems to have a love story to tell?
The coincidence is a strange one, yet it really seems that in Fairy Oak no one can stop themselves from talking about that magical, very special moment in which you get butterflies in the stomach. That moment in which everything seems to stop and your heart becomes fragile and light in your breast, ready to shatter into a thousand pieces or open up to release a flight of emotions that well up in your throat and take your breath away.
Well, perhaps there really is a connection between the mysterious letter found in the trunk and the love that, all of a sudden, seems to have lit up everyone’s heart.
But this is neither the time nor the place to give away the ending. All you need to know is that this book talks about mysteries and love, many kinds of love. These include the undeclared love between Tomelilla and Duff Burdock, a lute maker’s sincere love for  music and his dog, the deeply-rooted love between Dahlia and Cicero, the imperfect love between Grisam and Lavender and the unrequited love linking a mysterious lady and a Captain.



This is the first book in the series The Four Mysteries. It is also the most intense and engrossing.

Fairy Oak,Shirley’s Enchanting Days, Shirley, Elisabetta Gnone, Bombus, Alastair McEwen

Shirley’s Enchanting Days

 A Tale of Sublime Spells and Amazing Adventures

Released: May 2009

Genre: Fantasy Novel

Formats: Hardcover with dust jacket, Paperback

Pages: 247 + 2 sixteenmo in colour

Age level: 9 and up

Author: Elisabetta Gnone

Translated from the italian by: Alastair McEwen

 

 

Book Synopsis

“On the second evening I told my companions about those enchanting days, amazing magic, courageous, palpitating hearts and the mystery of the wood.”

Spring has come to Fairy Oak.

The air is scented with narcissus, and games fill the long days. The gardens of the village are in bloom and the sight is a breathtaking one.

But the rain is coming. And in fact it pours down, it even hails! For long, endless days. A good job Shirley Poppy is there to hearten the youngsters of the village, with a new, complicated mystery.

It all begins on the day when Lavender, to take Vanilla’s mind off Jim – who has not been heard of for over two months – organizes a trip to Woodsend. The vivacious Witch of the Dark is sure this will please her sister because at Woodsend fun is guaranteed: Shirley is their best friend, together with Flox, and knows mysterious, enchanted places and how to cast amazing spells. A surreal and amusing day awaits them, La is absolutely positive about that. But what she doesn’t know is that that day will only be the first of a long series.
Shirley has found a very, very strange recipe book hidden in her aunt’s sewing room. Its creased old pages make no mention of eggs or flour, but of swords made of salt, pieces of sky, hearts of stone and a secret, the Secret of the Wood!
Determined to get to the bottom of it all, Shirley involves the twins Vanilla and Lavender and all the Captain’s Band in a series of amazing adventures.
It will be dangerous, the children know that, but what they will see and learn will repay them for every wound and fear. Forever.



This is the second book in the series The Four Mysteries, the most surreal and the most magical.

Fairy Oak, Flox Smiles in Autumn, Flox, Elisabetta Gnone, Bombus, Alastair McEwen

Flox Smiles in Autumn

 A Tale of Friendship, Bizarre Dances and Colours

Released: November 2009

Genre: Fantasy Novel

Formats: Hardcover with dust jacket, Paperback

Pages: 263 + 2 sixteenmo in colour

Age level: 9 and up

Author: Elisabetta Gnone

Translated from the italian by: Alastair McEwen

 

 

Book Synopsis

“I would have made them laugh because the third story was amusing and now that they knew the characters they would have laughed even more on imagining them as they danced the Dance of the Follies of the Season. On the third evening I talked about this, and about friendship…”

It always happens this way, one September day, someone does something odder than the usual oddities, and from that moment on, for a month and sometimes two, normality is banned from Fairy Oak.

They call it “The Dance of the Follies of the Season”.
What happens on those days is hilarious and beautiful, because everyone really seems to give of their best as far as concerns imagination, power, skill and… eccentricity.
Even the trees join in the fun, and the whole Valley seems bewitched.
And Flox has a theory about this: all you have to do is look in the eyes of the dancers to understand that…
But, let’s leave it to Flox, the rainbow girl - and La and Baboo’s best friend -  to reveal this mystery.
This story is dedicated to her and to friendship, the kind that - wherever you turn – it’s right in front of you. And sometimes it leaves bruises, not only on the skin either.



This is the third book in the series The Four Mysteries, the most lively, fun and lighthearted.

Fairy Oak, Farewell to Fairy Oak, Addio Fairy Oak, Elisabetta Gnone, Bombus, Alastair McEwen

Farewell to Fairy Oak

 A Lighthearted, Moving Story of a Magical Encounter

Released:  May 2010

Genre: Fantasy Novel

Formats: Hardcover with dust jacket, Paperback

Pages: 277 + 2 sixteenmo in colour

Age level: 9 and up

Author: Elisabetta Gnone

Translated from the italian by: Alastair McEwen

 

 

Book Synopsis

Telli has gone back home.

In the fifteen years she has spent far away, she always wrote to her companions at home, describing the village, the girls, and all the incredible adventures she had had with them and their fantastic friends.
So much so that now the fairies want to know more, they want her to tell them again, in fact, they don’t her to stop, ever!
They ask for new stories, new anecdotes, to know all about the village of the Enchanted Oak and its inhabitants.
Telli gladly agrees and promises four new stories: they will allow her to stay in the company of her memories and to live those wonderful days again.
Yes, but for how much longer? Sooner or later she will have to put the past aside and face the future.
She knows this, and now, with only one story left, she feels her heart beating hard: will she manage to say farewell to Fairy Oak?


Her last story is intense and moving, and yet it conceals a mystery, and reveals a prophecy…