There is trouble on Faraway Island. It is time for the Great Fairy Council to elect a new fairy ruler, but as the Fairy Queen s crown has been stolen, this is not possible. Rumour has it that Lord Foulweather, king of the goblins, has stolen the crown, and that soon he ll be the one sitting on the throne. In an attempt to stop this from happening, the Queen decrees that whoever finds the crown and brings it back safely to Faraway Island will be crowned the new fairy ruler. Blaize (the singing fairy), Puck (the love fairy), Eden (the healing fairy) and Astara (the youngest fairy in the land), all volunteer to go on the quest. Because the fairies have lost their flying power, the Queen summons a thunderstorm to scatter the volunteers all over the kingdom. Hence, each fairy ends up having a different adventure, meeting bunyips, wattlemen, yowies and dragons along the way. But it is Astara, the youngest fairy, who in the end proves to be the bravest and most honest. She finds the crown and becomes the newest Fairy Queen. Teachers's guide and fun activities available to download from the website www.farawayfairies.com.au
Eleanor Coombe developed a fascination for legends and metaphysics while she studied at university, and has since travelled widely exploring the myths of different countries. She is the author of many successful children s books and games, which she has licensed and sold through Mattel, Pancake Press, Funtastic and Landsdowne, and in 2000 was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award by Canberra University for her contribution to children s literature and games. She is the author of The Ultimate Fairy Book (published by Pan Macmillan) and lives in Tasmania. Andrew Smith worked as an assistant lecturer in psychology and only drew for himself until it occurred to him that he may be able to earn a living doing what he loves. He has since worked as a web and graphic designer and is now a (self-taught) freelance illustrator. He lives in Melbourne with his wife, three kids, two cats and two guinea pigs.