Saturday, 17 May 2014

The Girl Who Never Was: Background Info on Cottingley!

The Girl Who Never Was is published in June by Sourcebooks Fire and is a brilliant book about faeries! As part of the street team I'll be posting weekly updates with new and exclusive content that will later be available on author Skylar Dorset's own blog.

Here's what The Girl Who Never Was is all about:

This is not your average trip to Fairyland.
In Selkie's family, you don't celebrate birthdays. You don't talk about birthdays. And you never, ever reveal your birth date.
On her seventeenth birthday, Selkie finally understands why. All she wanted was a simple "Happy Birthday" from her secret crush, Ben. But the instant she blurts out the truth to him in the middle of Boston Common, her whole world shatters. Because the Boston that Selkie knows is only an elaborate enchantment constructed to conceal the truth: Selkie is a half-faerie princess. And her mother wants her dead. The faerie court believes Selkie is a child of prophecy-fated to destroy the court's powerful grip on the supernatural world. And the only way for Selkie to to prove them right.


This week's exciting content is a bit of background information on Cottingley from Skylar herself. Thanks to Sourcebooks and Skylar for this!

Cottingley In the early twentieth century, two little girls caused a massive media event when they claimed to have taken photographs of faeries near the brook in their backyard in Cottingley, England. The photographs caught the imagination of the country, and celebrities like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of Sherlock Holmes, descended upon the area, hoping to spy faeries themselves.
Eventually, the little girls admitted it had all been a hoax, and that they had set up the photographs using paper cutouts of faeries from a catalog.
Good thing, too, because all the attention was really cramping the style of the faeries who liked to pop over to Cottingley for a visit.
Do you think there is any truth in the legends? What mythological creatures do you think might be hiding out there? Unicorns? Bigfoot? The Loch Ness Monster?


I hope you're all excited for this book, and enjoyed reading about Cottingley.

Check back next week for more content from The Girl Who Never Was!

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