The School For Good And Evil

The School For Good And Evil

Hardcover | May 14, 2013

bySoman ChainaniIllustratorIacopo Bruno

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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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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 pa...

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This year best friends Sophie and Agatha will discover what it is to be a student at the fabled School for Good and Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy-tale heroes and villains. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good and gradua...

Soman Chainani's first two novels,The School for Good and EvilandThe School for Good and Evil: A World Without Princes, debuted on theNew York Timesbestseller list. The series has been translated into languages across six continents and will soon be a major motion picture from Universal Pictures.As a graduate of Harvard University and ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.49 inPublished:May 14, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062104896

ISBN - 13:9780062104892

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Magical Coming of Age Story This was an amazing, magical, epic, mind bending, adventure of a book. If I had to create a tagline for it, I would say it is like Once Upon a Time for middle graders. Although there was a couple things that surprised me considering this is labelled a middle grade book. First was the length of the book; it is almost 500 pages! This seems a bit long for the average middle grade book, but I was perfectly alright with it. Second, was just how dark this book actually was. For a middle grade novel there was quite a bit of killing, murder and just all around darkness. Let's start with the cover for this book. In case you can't tell I really have a thing for a beautiful cover. And the cover for this book doesn't disappoint! It really gives you a glimpse into this world of fairytales and just how different the two Schools really are. The bridge connecting the two Schools under the title, shows the divide between Good and Evil as well as Sophie and Agatha, Or at least, that's what I like to think. I also really liked the illustrations in the novel, it really added to the story. Most of the time our imaginations have to dream up the people, places, and objects of the world we are introduced to in books, but the illustrations help us along in that front which I really appreciated. Especially since there is some pretty intricate world building going on in this novel. ****** PLOT SPOILERS AHEAD ****** The plot was not quite original in that it brought the protagonists into the fairytale world from the normal world, but what was original was that you have the "good girl" sorted into the School for Evil and the "evil girl" sorted into the School for Good. Although I could tell right from the beginning why Sophie belonged in Evil and Agatha belonged in Good. While Sophie only concentrated on being pretty, getting her prince, and getting into the school she thought she was destined for; Agatha was focused on helping Sophie, and getting them both back home. Even though Sophie abandons her and betrays her multiple times, Agatha forgives her and still helps her until she realizes Sophie never wants to go back home like Agatha does. I knew from almost the beginning of the book that the School Master was the Evil twin, mainly because everyone thought he was the Good twin. I was thoroughly creeped out though by how the School Master who is an old man (even though he had a young face) wanted his true love to be a student and a child. And although it turned out to be a wrong theory, I though Professor Slader was the Good twin who had lost the fight. I was surprised to find out that the Good twin had actually been killed, but possessed Slader's body to help. It was sad to see Professor Slader die in the end though, since he was my favourite adult character in the book. I was quite annoyed with all of the adult figures in the book. Why didn't the teachers of each school just sit the girls down at the beginning and tell them they were sorted into the school they were supposed to be in? The girls waste so much time trying to change schools because none of the adults set them straight. Sophie was the character who annoyed me most at first, but only in certain ways. It's not like she isn't hardworking. She sure put a lot into her beauty regimen, especially when they were in Galvadon. And it isn't like she's not ambitious, cause she had the goal of being taken by the School Master and did all in her power to make sure it happened. Those qualities I could admire in Sophie. But once she got to the fairytale world it was like she expected everything to be just handed to her. She thought she belonged in the School for Good, and that someone would just come bring her to the School if she said it enough. Also her mindset of if I'm pretty, I will end up with my prince. She put all this effort into making herself beautiful, but not into making a relationship with the boy she is supposedly in love with. I also really disliked how Sophie thought of Agatha as more of her henchman than a friend. Sophie is very selfish and when she finally realized she's not going to get what she wants she claims Agatha stole everything from her when nothing was really hers to begin with. I can empathize with Sophie though since I am a romantic at heart, and I want my Happily Ever After too. All she wants is to be happy with her one true love, which she has a really hard time accepting may not come true for her. The last thing that annoyed me not only about Sophie but about almost all of the characters in the book was when after the Circus, Sophie loses it and she kills all of the wolves and faeries. And afterwards everyone basically just forgives her and says you're still Good. She may still have some Good in her but after killing all of those innocent past students she certainly has Evil in her too. No one even thinks to mention it later either. Agatha on the other hand I liked a lot more but I still had my problems with her too. Agatha at the beginning is such a downer. I know she's in a new world and she's uncomfortable but she was on an adventure! Why not make the most of it? Agatha does learn eventually and starts to learn both Good and Evil studies which I'm sure will help her in the future. The other thing is that because Agatha considers herself inferior, she let Sophie take the lead and mistreat her all the time. Not only that but she always come back for more until Sophie completely betrays Agatha's wish and dream of going home. Agatha does make a comeback though by realizing her own self worth and standing up for herself. I think my favourite line of Agatha's is when the Evers turn into Evil and Agatha says "being Good is not being pretty, but having Valor and Honor." To me, Agatha embodies those sentiments as does Sophie somewhat when she saves Agatha's life at the end of the book. I really appreciated at the end where Sophie said "who needs princes in our fairy tale?" I would be really happy if this turned out to be more of a modern fairytale where Sophie and Agatha ended up together. I really like the two of the, together and I think they make a good couple. They support each other while at the same time push each other to grow as people. It was Agatha's true love's kiss that saved the dying Sophie and woke her back up as opposed to Tedros. The prince Tedros actually annoyed me as a character, the more we got to see him in the book. At times he seems to be trying to do the Good thing, but others he just lets his emotions instead of reason reign. He seemed less like the fairytale prince he was supposed to be and more like the vapid, shallow rest of the crowd that the Evers had become. I adored how no one in the book is truly just Good or Evil, that we all are a mixture of both. I also thought it was an ingenious twist in the story to have Sophie turn the Nevers into Good and the Evers into Evil. This showed all of the children who thought they could only be one or the other that they are capable of both. I loved how it was the two "Readers" who changed fairytale land and all of the children at the two schools. They changed how the kids view themselves and others. I loved the cliffhanger ending of our two main characters being thrown back to their home in Beyond the Woods. Has their fairytale ended and the Storian moved on to another? Is the next book going to be about the girls making their way back to school? And what about the aftermath? There's not two separate schools anymore, and if no one looks Evil (gross) and Good (beautiful), does that mean everyone is average looking now? Overall this book is a magical coming of age story about finding who we really are, set in lushly built world where characters strive to break free of their destined roles. I definitely recommend this book to everyone to read because there is something for everyone to take away from this book. A well deserved 5 out of 5 stars. I look forward to reading the other two books in this trilogy.
Date published: 2016-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! I really love this book, I think it's a great book to read for any age. It's funny, and really different from other fairytales in the sense that the 'ugly' girl is the good one and the 'pretty' one is the evil one. It's really cool.
Date published: 2015-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book This is an amazing book full of love and adventure. A story about learning what true beauty is and also what true evil is. The crazy search to find true love and to hopefully swap their fairy talles keeps you wanting more.
Date published: 2015-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good or evil Are you good or evil Princess or witch Prince or warlock Shopie or Agatha From a normal family or fairy tale family
Date published: 2015-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I eynjied the book and all of the adventurer in it. It had a since of fanty ina modern world. I Olson liked how to different characters were going to nf up different than what they seemed.
Date published: 2015-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Loved This Book! I enjoyed reading this book. This book keeps the reader interested through the entire book. I enjoyed this book because it had suspense, comedy (Not a lot), and doesn't let the reader want to let go of the book. I would definately recommend this book to a friend because I enjoyed this book very much and I think that other people will too.
Date published: 2015-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not that good Good but much more detel.i think you shoud work on a lot! i am not kidding:[:[:[:[:[:[:[!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2015-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The School for Good and Evil This book was a little slow, but if you are looking for a book where you just want to know what is going to happen, I strongly suggest this. It was really mysterious, and you could feel the emotions the characters were feeling. Overall, this was an enjoyable book.
Date published: 2015-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesime Awesome Loved it you should tota@y read ii would recomend it to everyOne loooking for a good book you cant put down
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The school for good and evil It was good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!¡¡¡¡!!!!!!¡¡!!!!¡¡¡!!!!!!!!!!!|!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!¡!¡¡!!!!!!
Date published: 2014-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I can't get it My mom said I can't get any books that cost money
Date published: 2014-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! This is an amazing fairy tale ride that rarely does as expected. While I was able to guess at some predictable events, most of the time events unfolded in ways I didn't see coming. The school and world are not as developed as I'd like, since the story revolves so much around it, but the characters of Agatha and Sophie are riveting. I greatly look forward to reading the second book of the series.
Date published: 2014-04-24
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: 2014-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow! Bought this book for my 11 year old daughter. She loved the story, it was fun and full of adventure. A real girl power book. The writing was okay, a bit clunky in places but not enough to alter the enjoyment of the story.
Date published: 2013-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A New Take on How Fairy Tales End Different. One of a kind, where I was never sure quite how the story would end. If your looking for a story you've never quite seen before then you have found it.
Date published: 2013-11-09
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: 2013-08-25
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: 2013-07-29
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: 2013-06-14

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“[A] whip-smart debut...If I could bewitch you all to read it, I would. Grade: A.”