THE MISCHIEF SERIES
AMANDA M. THRASHER
Publisher: Progressive Rising Phoenix Press
Mischief in the Mushroom Patch, 2/2013, 146 pgs
Where do fairies get their magical fairy dust? After leaving the mushroom patch without permission, two mischievous fairies find themselves in more trouble than they can handle. Boris, with a broken ankle and a bent wing, is unable to walk or fly, and Lilly must devise a plan to escort him safely back to the mushroom patch. As with all actions, there are consequences! Lilly and Boris have broken colony rules and wasted precious fairy dust. Sentenced to work in the dust factory, the two learn a valuable lesson about the production of fairy dust, but can they survive the foreman?
A Fairy Match in the Mushroom Patch, 2/2013, 162 pgs
Lilly, Boris, and Jack are back! The three friends are together again in this newest addition to the Mischief Series. A natural disaster has taken the elders by surprise, and the scientists are unprepared. Damage to the colony is inevitable! Can the Master Engineers devise a plan to save the colony before they lose their home? The fairies’ Kick-a-Berry Match has been postponed as well, and the fairies must find new ways to entertain themselves until the pitch dries up. Along the way, they make a new friend named Pearle, and though she cannot walk, she can fly with ease. Valuable lessons about friendship, teamwork, and perseverance will be learned as the fairies embark on their newest adventure.
Spider Web Scramble, 2/2016, 170 pgs
Every third year, on the fifth full moon, the Mushroom Patch holds a magical Spider Web Scramble. Excitement buzzes through the forest as the fairies prepare to scramble the magical webs in order to complete the course. As a special treat, the elders disclose that the stars will be coming down to join in and play. A wish will be granted for the fairies who are pure of heart and manage to beat the clock, locating the star that has their name etched on it. With the no-fly rule in place, teamwork is the only way Pearle can complete the course. But little do they know that possible danger is in their midst. Will the magical spider web scramble be postponed? Will the stars grant Lilly, Boris, and Jack their wishes? Find out in this delightful magical adventure.
Stranger in the Mushroom Patch, 2/15/22, 212 pages
Gold Recipient of The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA)
Lilly, Boris, and Jack Are Back! Get Ready for a Human Attack!
Who knew a slimy moss bomb war between friends would lead to an adventure of a lifetime! From strategizing with the elders for their playful battle to, of all things, escaping the clutches of a human! It doesn’t take long to learn the fairies shockingly have more in common with the child than they ever could have imagined. Broderick, everyone’s favorite spider, provides the goodies, and Lilly supplies the fairy songs and games. Filled with twists and turns, adventure, and fun, find out if the fairies and the elders can help the stranger reunite with her family. Or will there be a human attack?!
Clueless Gent’s Rating for Mischief in the Mushroom Patch
Mischief in the Mushroom Patch is a delightfully whimsical story that perfectly leads into the other books in this series. Targeted to 2nd through 4th graders, this book will likely put a sparkle of fairy dust in young readers’ eyes!
The story follows the adventures of two young fairies – fairlings – who live in a mushroom patch: Lilly and Boris. Getting in some trouble right off the bat, Lilly and Boris must face the consequences of their actions. The elder fairies have a perfect punishment in mind for Lilly and Boris; one that will surely change their perspective on the most valuable commodity in the mushroom patch: fairy dust!
The story contains all the fairy standards. In addition to fairy dust, there is flying (and crashing), magic, scrolls, and more. All the characters (at least in this first book of the series) are fairies, including some pixies. All the characters seem nice and well-mannered.
“He was odd by any standard. He was slight, his glasses were large and a mop of hair covered most of his face, and his pointy ears. He wore a yellow hard hat, plastic goggles, leather gloves, and a white pressed coat complete with coattails. He carried several scrolls and had several quill pens in his pockets, hair, and even up his sleeve.”
-in describing the safety fairy
Part of the story takes place in the [fairy] dust factory. I think the author did a wonderful job of bringing this place to life, describing each step in the mass production of fairy dust. For example, this is how the author described the rock press: “It was a magnificent piece of machinery. It had two gigantic jaws of sort that expanded several feet wide. There was a large stone slab between the jaws, which was elevated a several feet off the ground. Once the jaws were opened, a boulder was placed on the stone slab between the iron mouths.”
I thought the pace moved along as it should, and the character arcs seems very appropriate for young fairies.
There is some action in the beginning of the story, but the remainder seemed to be more an introduction to the world inside the mushroom patch, which I assume will be used in the remaining stories. A climax exists, but I thought it was rather soft.
Have you ever wondered what kind of trouble two young fairies can get into? This book has at least one answer to that question, but I have confidence that there will be more examples in the books to come.
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