No Flying in the HouseBook - 1982
Most little gifts have parents to look after them, but not Annabel Tippens. She has Gloria, a tiny white dog who talks and wears a gold collar. And that's not the only thing that makes Annabel different: She can do all kinds of things that other kids can't do, like kiss her own elbow and fly around the house! Could it be true that Annabel is not a little girl at all, but a fairy? Soon Annabel will have to decide. If she chooses to be a fairy, she'll have to say good-bye to Gloria forever. But how can she decide between her newly found magic and her dearest friend?
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One day Mrs. Vancourt finds a little 3 year old girl and a tiny talking dog on her porch. The dog, Gloria, can do up to 367 tricks, so Mrs. Vancourt agrees to keep the girl, Annabel, if Gloria will perform for Mrs. Vancourt's guests.
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Gloria always told Annabel that her parents will one day return. What Annabel doesn't know is that she is actually a fairy, and in order to free her parents from exile on a far-away island, Annabel has to choose to be mortal for the rest of her life over being a fairy, before she reaches the age of 7. Meanwhile there are also strange things going on with an enameled gold cat with sapphire eyes that Mrs. Vancourt's son broke before he ran away, long ago. Annabel once met this cat (who is actually an evil fairy) and it is through this fairy/cat (Belinda) that she comes to know the truth about herself.
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