Awards: Booklist Editors' Choice Top of the List (2012); Booklist Editors' Choice Books for Youth (2012); Horn Book Fanfare List (2012); School Library Journal Starred Review (May 2012); Booklist Starred Review (1 March 2012); "A Junior Library Guild Selection"--Inside front dust-jacket.
12 of 12 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
Includes bibliographical references (p. 179-180) and index.
Part one: Frances's fairies (Cottingley, Yorkshire, England -- The waterfall -- Little men -- Black box -- One glass plate -- Enter the gnome -- Frances says good-bye to Cottingley) -- Part two: Elsie (A letter from London -- The fairy machine -- Mr. Gardner receives a package -- Mr. Gardner persists -- Spider girl -- Sincerely yours, Elsie Wright -- The investigation) -- Part three: Frances and Elsie (Frances comes for a visit -- An epoch-making event -- The fairy bower -- The Glen was swarming -- A gentle see-through fade-out -- Fairy grandmothers -- Gorgeous and precious Fairyland places) -- Acknowledgments -- Source notes -- Image credits -- Bibliography -- Index.
Relates the true story of two early-twentieth-century cousins who believed they saw real fairies, created photographs using paper cutouts when they were teased by adult family members, and inadvertently drew the attention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a fellow believer.