It s time for the Great Mystery Party, where Astara, the newest Fairy Queen, will learn about the great mystery of Faraway Island. The two previous queens, the Moon Fairy and the Midnight Fairy, meet with her to instruct her. They tell her that every hundred years the Queen must go on a journey and attempt to join the sceptre and crown with the diamond heart of Faraway Island. By doing so, the Queen s powers will be strengthened and she will become the keeper of their fairy powers. Should Astara fail in her journey, the fairies will lose their magic and vanish. Astara is horrified to learn this mystery , but reluctantly accepts her mission. However, early on in her journey, her crown and sceptre are stolen by Lord Foulweather, King of the Goblins, rendering all the fairies powerless. Meanwhile, Lord Foulweather is using fairy magic to cause all sorts of problems, such as creating a drought in the land so he can charge everyone for a drink. The fairies must join forces to recover the sceptre and crown and put a stop to Lord Foulweather. 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.