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Before the Fairytale: The Girl with No Name by Iscah

3 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Banished from her village, a young shape shifter sets out on a journey to find her place in the world…

The first of four “Before the Fairytale” stories, “The Girl With No Name” is told in a deceptively simple storybook style with the flavor of an original Grimm’s fable, but don’t expect your typical once upon a time scenario. This is a coming of age tale humorously interwoven with social commentary.

This story is recommended for older children to adult readers (9 & up) but may not be suitable for younger children.

A young girl learns that she is a shape shifter and can use magic. Since she had no parents she was never given a name. But she did have a caregiver that did his best to raise her with what he had. But upon his death the villagers learn about her secret and banish her.

The girl goes on a variety of adventures throughout her travels. She meets all kinds of people and has many adventures. She also learns many things from magic, her family, and most of all what people want and what they are will to do to get those wants. Some of this journey is hard but in the end these lessons guide her to find a place for herself.

This is one of those stories that kind of rambles from one point to another. The girl has some hard times and she has some good ones. But all of these shape her into the young lady she becomes in the end. Wasn’t really a fan of the ending but I did understand her choice. This is not one of those happily ever after endings.

This is a good story. It is geared toward mid grade readers. I think that kids would like it because it teaches them to embrace their differences and to make their own path.

For more information or to purchase Beyond the Fairytale: The Girl With No Name be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Iscah’s website.

I received this book for free a long time ago in exchange for an honest review.

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