The Death of the Sugar Fairy continues the Three Lost Kids series with sisters Maddie, Lexie, and Bella. But, instead of focusing on a specific child, the story revolves around Maddie’s birthday and Halloween. As the trio goes trick or treating, they notice a general lack of enthusiasm in decorations and fellow trick or treaters. When they reach a house that really looks haunted, they find out why fewer people are celebrating this year: the Sugar Fairy is dying and her daughter is trapped in Sugar Land and dying as well. She entrusts Maddie, Bella, and Lexie (plus the family dog) with the job of saving her daughter and the entire holiday.
There are a lot of fun, fantasy elements to the story that kids will love, such as a dog’s ability to talk and riddles whispered by the wind. Each girl has her own special type of magic that meshes with an aspect of her personality and the Cavity Caves reply each child’s worse nightmares over and over for eternity.
The story is not all fun and games, however. Anyone with siblings knows how hard it can be to listen to each other and work together and this is a problem the sisters face, as well. There is also real danger to the girls in the form of Sugar Bugs that attack them to drink the sugar in their blood and giant warrior gummy bears.
Even with all of the magic and fantasy, the characters are true to life. The sisters alternately care for, scare, admire, and annoy each other with whining, complaining, and insecurities. They love their adventure and two seconds later miss their parents like crazy. I also liked that some of their magical abilities had consequences, so everything couldn’t be wrapped up too easily. When the girls use their ability to fly, for example, they cannot fly too high and the wings use their back muscles which tire quickly because they are not used to flying long distances.
About Three Lost Kids and the Death of the Sugar Fairy
Halloween is here and Lexie, Bella and Maddie couldn’t be happier. But why does everything feel so different? Fewer houses are decorated and fewer kids are out trick-or-treating. Still, that’s not going to stop the three girls from eating as much candy as they can before their parents can stop them, even if that means fighting each other for it.
When they finally discover a haunted house worthy of their favorite holiday, they forget their parents’ warnings and go in alone, only to discover that the house really is haunted, and not only that, but they’ve been transported to a whole different world!
A dying Sugar Fairy in one of the abandoned rooms send them on a quest to find her Sugar Baby and the magic Sugar Flower in order to save her and Halloween. If they fail, Halloween will be gone forever, and they’ll never return to their family.
But with Sugar Bug attacks, the Cavity Caves where they must face their deepest fears, and giant gummy bears armed with candy cane swords, the girls aren’t sure they’ll make it.
Their only chance is to work together, using each of their strengths to help each other. Can they stop fighting over candy long enough? Or will they be trapped in the dying Sugar Land forever?
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About the Author
Kimberly Kinrade was born with ink in her veins and magic in her heart. She writes fantasy and paranormal stories for children, YA and adults and still believes in magic worlds. Check out her YA paranormal novels Forbidden Mind and Forbidden Fire and her illustrated children’s fantasy chapter books Lexie World, and Bella World, all on Amazon.
She lives with her three little girls who think they’re ninja princesses with super powers, her two dogs who think they’re humans and her husband, also known as the sexy Russian Prince, who is the love of her life and writing partner.
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Kimberly is giving away 3 great prizes for the release of her latest book. The first two giveaways are for US/Canadian residents only. One prize includes a$25 Amazon gift card, a signed copy of each of the 4 Three Lost Kids books, and surprise swag. Or, you could win one of two signed copies of Three Lost Kids and the Death of the Sugar Fairy. Open internationally is a giveaway for Sugar Fairy posters and bookmarks. To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget on this page (you’ll have to scroll down a little).