Fairytales for Wilde Girls

Allyse Near

Fairytales for Wilde Girls
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Fairytales for Wilde Girls

Allyse Near

A girl with anime hair. A boy with a sketchbook. A forest possessed. A deliciously dark modern fairytale.

With a motley pack of possibly imaginary friends watching over her, Isola Wilde feels safe, loved. But even her protectors can’t save her from the anguish of watching her mother’s illness take over their house.

Friends Grape and James help her to feel normal. New boy Edgar makes her forget for a while. But always Isola comes back to wondering: will I be next? The ghost at the window would steal Isola’s last breath, and it will take all of Isola’s strength to stop her.

As her magical world collides with the real one, Isola strikes a Faustian deal with a cute and fluffy gargoyle to protect herself from the fairytale evils of her world.


Isola Wilde sees ghosts, is obsessed with fairytales and has no less than six brother-princes to protect her. She lives so much in the world of the unseen that she seems not quite of this world to those around her, including her friend James, whom she’s known forever, and the new boy next door, Edgar. When Isola spies a dead girl in a birdcage in the woods, the ghost of the girl starts haunting her and terrible things begin to happen. Her tenuous relations with her real friends start to fail and her brother-princes disappear one by one.

This fascinating story is interspersed with beautiful illustrations, quotes from Edgar Allen Poe and metaphorical fairytales. It’s beautifully written and utterly unique. Allyse Near lives near Melbourne and is only 23. She’s already quite a talent and definitely one to watch.

Angela Crocombe is the Children’s Book Buyer at Readings St Kilda.

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