Book 1 of 50:
What-the-Dickens by Gregory Maguire. 295 pages.
Basically, its the story of a skibberee (fairy) who was born alone rather than in a mass of 60-80 others and had to figure out life for himself. The story is set in the living room of a house with 3 children and their adult, English teacher cousin during a storm while the kids' parents have gone out to get more medicine for the mother. Its a rather cute story, and I'm betting it was targeting a teenage audience, despite being written at a somewhat adult level. The teacher cousin decides to tell the story of the Tooth Fairy to the kids to help calm them down during the storm and absence of their parents. He tells it wonderfully, with attention to detail and character development. The orphan fairy is the main character, along with a whole array of other fairies and a few interjected humans for interference and conflict purposes. I won't spoil anything for anyone, as I really dislike spoilers and prefer to make my own decisions about the reading material. I will highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a Fairy Tale in modern language and setting. Gregory Maguire is one of my favorite authors, anyway, and my next book to be read is the third in the "Wicked" series.