Curse of the Thirteenth Fey

By: Jane Yolen

About the Author

Jane Yolen is an author of children’s books, fantasy, and science fiction, including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight, and Curse of the Thirteenth Fey.

She is also a poet, a teacher of writing and literature, and a reviewer of children’s literature. She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century.

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Gorse is the thirteenth fey, the youngest in her large family of Shouting Feys. She loves reading about other places in her father’s library, and is horrified to learn her family is under a Vow to never leave their home. When the king Bids the Shouting Feys to come to his daughter’s christening, thirteen-year-old Gorse sets off late—and meets an accident along the way that traps her with two fairy princes who need her help to escape.
She is trapped for a various amount of days and learns stories from her past that trapped the two princes by a magical gate.
She and her brother break down the gate and get back home just in time to bestow their gifts to the royal princess, which is a spindle of thread, representing long life. But the thread had been ripped too early, representing death at 15. But mother had not yet given her gift, turning it from death, to sleep.

Setting and Charactors

The books setting takes place in an under ground cave, where the main charactor does not know the time.
Major Charactors:
  • Gorse(main)
  • Grey(loved one)
  • Orybon(antagonist)
Minor Charactors:
  • Dusty(Gorses brother)
  • Gorses Dad
  • The fey family
  • The royal family