The School for Good and Evil

by Iacopo Bruno, Soman Chainani

HarperCollins | May 14, 2013 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The School for Good and Evil is rated 3.75 out of 5 by 4.

At the School for Good and Evil, failing your fairy tale is not an option.

Welcome to the School for Good and Evil, where best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.

The two girls soon find their fortunes reversed—Sophie's dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School for Good, thrust among handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.

But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are . . . ?

The School for Good and Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: May 14, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062104918

ISBN - 13: 9780062104915

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed In Gavaldon, children have been getting kidnapped for year, always in pairs, and always one beautiful and good child and more homely and outcast. No one knows where they disappear to but neither are seen again, and soon after the bookshop starts selling fairy tales with characters that look exactly like the missing children. This year best friends Sophie and Agatha are the pair taken. They soon find out that the previous kids had been taken to The School of Good and Evil, a school designed to train children to become either heroes and heroines or storybook villains. Sophie has always wanted to be taken and has devoted herself to beauty routines and good deeds and is convinced she’ll be in the School for Good. Agatha seems like a perfect fit for the School for Evil. But when they get dropped off at their new schools, Sophie is placed with Evil and Agatha with Good. This is a middle grade novel, which I knew going into it, but the length of the book(almost 500 pages) had me hoping there would be a lot of twists and development. Sadly, I was able to predict the plot pretty early on and what development there was, seemed rushed. The concept was really interesting and even though the lessons in the book are ones so many books and TV shows try to teach that age group, it was still entertaining. The book takes everything I dislike about fairy tales and amplifies it. By halfway, it was getting on my nerves so much that even if the ending turned out the way I’d hoped, it wouldn’t make up for it. Agatha was the bright spot of the book, for me. She was the most complicated character and the one who grew the most, and the most realistic of the characters in the book. She didn’t want to be Evil but she never felt like she belonged in Good either; she looked nothing like the other girls and didn’t enjoy the beauty routines or think a kiss from a prince was the most important thing. Sophie, I tried to feel sympathetic toward since being dropped in the middle of Evil had to be terrifying, but she really annoyed me a lot. And it was hard to buy her development into top student and evil mastermind when she’d been so oblivious to everything before. I found their friendship, which is supposed to be a main part of the plot, more co-dependent than touching or genuine. The plot moves along quite quickly for such a long book, sometimes too quickly as there’s a lot of things that seem to happen out of nowhere. We don’t get to experience the development, it’s just there. The teachers are mostly harsh and uncaring, until rendered pretty much useless. The school master gets about five seconds to explain why he chooses real kids from the village to mix in with the fairy-tale students. The ending is happening so fast that it’s hard to keep track of everything that’s going on. The drawings in each chapters were a nice touch and the detailed descriptions gave a vivid picture to what the rooms, forest, and other areas looked like. Again, the concept is great and really intrigues me so I’m curious to where it’s going in the next book.
Date published: 2014-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Charming and Adorable Fairy Tale re-tellings seem to be what’s hot right now and I personally think that’s fantastic. I think it’s even more fantastic however when I get to read a totally original fairy tale like The School for Good and Evil. Soman Chainani’s book is a brand new fairy tale – instead of remixing old stories, it explains to readers where the stories come from. Agatha and Sophie are both fantastic characters. They’re both complex. At times you love them, at times they drive you insane (especially Sophie) but they are always compelling. At its heart The School For Good and Evil is the story of their friendship – of all friendships – and the trials and tribulations that go with it. No relationship is a walk in the park, they require work, but true friendships are the ones that push through. The School For Good and Evil makes you question the idea of good and evil being polar opposites and makes you consider the grey area in between. It’s a longer middle grade read, but you won’t care because you’ll be so wrapped up in the story. I personally can’t wait to see what Agatha and Sophie get up to next in A World Without Princes. This and other reviews at More Than Just Magic (http://morethanjustmagic.org)
Date published: 2014-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Magical and different Wow! This book is really something unique on the scene for junior readers. Lots of great story elements that combine fairy tales with humor and suspense. The mystery at the heart of the tale, why villains always lose, makes this friendship story so much more.
Date published: 2014-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm in love! I. Loved. This. Book. Head over FREAKING heels. Oh. My. God. For a kids book- and this was definitely a book for the 9-10 age group, it certainly had an air to it that adults reading with kids could enjoy, or adults reading the book on their own- as I most certainly can attest to. It was fun, and funky, and while a little predictable [It IS a children's book after all, so I'll give it some leeway in the matter.] it was ENJOYABLE. It starts off in a place where everyone is paranoid that their child is going to be kidnapped by the wicked School Master who comes every four years to steal one Good child, and one Evil child, and force them into a world of Fairytales. And after some time, the stories of these children come back to them, the kids illustrated into Fairytale books that everyone pours over, and devours, and they become more terrified of what might happen to them. Then you meet a darling little girl who actually WANTS to be spirited away. Sophie HATES her normal, boring life and she KNOWS she's destined to be a Princess. So while everyone else is taking all the necessary precautions to MAYBE not be stolen away, she's undoing everything her father has set in place to keep her there. Sophie's best friend, Agatha, thinks she's a silly twit, and tells her so, while everyone in the village thinks Agatha is going to be the Evil child stolen by the School Master. And Lo and Behold- they DO both get taken by the School Master! However, there appears to be some HORRID mix up- Sophie was deposited at the School for Evil, and ugly, loner Agatha shows gets dropped into the flower beds at the School for Good! and So- Hilarity ensues. I won't tell you anything else plot wise- you have to read it! The characters are so real- they aren't your typical little fairy tale princesses, even if that is what the story is trying to turn them into. They're just two lost and lonely little girls who find themselves in a situation they have no control over, nor do they have any idea how to get out of it. And they do try EVERYTHING- like any child worth their salt. They push all the boundaries, and they test all the limits, and they are just kids. I cannot stress ENOUGH how important it is. A lot of these books for children, the kids are far more mature than they normally would be at that age. And yes, Sophie and Agatha are 12, so they're older than the age I'd recommend the book for, but they ARE 12. Not some 12 year old acting like a bloody 16-17 year old. The underlying tone of the book is pretty much right out there in the title- it's good versus evil, but frankly that line grey's quite a bit in the book, and that's important too. I'm actually REALLY excited that this book is going to be a series, and I can't wait until the next one comes out.
Date published: 2014-04-29

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The School for Good and Evil

by Iacopo Bruno, Soman Chainani

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: May 14, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062104918

ISBN - 13: 9780062104915

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At the School for Good and Evil, failing your fairy tale is not an option.

Welcome to the School for Good and Evil, where best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.

The two girls soon find their fortunes reversed—Sophie's dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School for Good, thrust among handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.

But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are . . . ?

The School for Good and Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.

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