I Coriander

“Oh Coriander, there is so much more to this world than the little fragment you have seen of it….Do not go. Please stay. You belong here.”

I, Coriander
by Sally Gardner tells the story of (of course) Coriander, a young girl living in 17th century London. Her mother dies and she is abandoned by her father, left with a wicked stepmother and strict preacher. When she puts on a special pair of silver shoes (given to her but then hidden from her), she is suddenly transported to a magical fairyland, which turns out to be the homeland of her real mother. She must find a special object that will save the otherworld, amongst other tasks, and face off against the evil fairy queen. Along the way, she falls in love with someone from the otherworld.

While not one of my personal favorites, it does fit the archetype well, and would be especially interesting to those with a passion for English history, as a lot of the story takes place in our world over a period of several years in the late 1600’s.