Published: May 14 2013
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: Middle Grade, Fairy Tale, Adventure, Magic, Fantasy
Series: The School for Good and Evil
“The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random,soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pairplucked from youth and spirited away.”
This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. But when the two girls find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are?
Amazing! Simply and amazing novel. The School for Good and Evil may be a middle grade book, but you don’t have to be in middle school to enjoy the book, as long as you are young atheart you’ll find this novel incredibly enjoyable.
The School for Good and Evil follows the journey of unlikely friends, Agatha and Sophie, two girls who are complete polar opposites yet the closets of friends. Both girls believe to be misplaces but soon learn that looks are not everything and what is on the inside doesn’t always reveal a princess. The book captures the struggle everyone faces (like boy trouble and friendship) with growing up and how choices reflect who a person reason is. A fairy tale story about self-discovery and the bonds of friendship – and who doesn’t love a good very tale?
In this novel is a great witch story and goes into depth on how one even becomes a witch. The story is powerful and raises feelings of pity and awe. The way her character goes through the transitions the reader is thrown to the edge of their seat rooting for her sometimes and other times, you want the princess to win and defeat her. But all that turmoil thatsurrounds the pair of friends has you ultimately wondering how they are going to live happily ever after, because isn’t that how fairy tales end? Then again, this is no typical fairy tale.
Chainani takes an interesting twist with his fairy tale, going down to the roots of a fairy tale and inserting a story within a story. He creates this rich world and connects it all to every famous fairy tale out there, and then some and he shows who the real villains are and who the good truly are. What he also does is deconstruct the fairy tales to show aversion of their creation and the grain of truth in them. Now, I love that.
The two main characters were structured well and complimented each other brilliantly. Their voices showed us who they were as individuals and the supporting characters were amazing. The “villains” and the “heroes” each have their own inner conflicts as well as their own voices that differentiate each one of them from the others. They were all amazing to read!
With an amazing combination of a rich unique story and great characters, Chainani creates a spellbinding fairy tale, one you simply will not be able to put down. ★★★★★ (A+)