The Land Of Stories: The Wishing Spell: The Wishing Spell

Hardcover | July 17, 2012

byChris Colfer

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Alex and Conner Bailey''s world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales.

The Land of Storiestells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.

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Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales.The Land of Storiestells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they c...

Chris Colfer is a #1New York Timesbestselling author and Golden Globe-winning actor. He was honored as a member of the TIME 100,Timemagazine's annual list of the one hundred most influential people in the world, and his books includeStruck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal,The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell,The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns, andThe Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.38 × 6.38 × 1.12 inPublished:July 17, 2012Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031620157X

ISBN - 13:9780316201575

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! I love the whole series! Can't wait for the 5th one! Chris Colfer is a fantastic writer.
Date published: 2016-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The land of stories This book is very good! It is suspencefull and funnh. Overal a fantastic read for anyone who likes fairy tales.
Date published: 2015-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good twist on the classics Another reason for me to love Chris Colfer. Easy read but it was super engaging!! couldnt put it away
Date published: 2015-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Land Of Stories Book One Best book ever! I got the audiobook and it was finished in a few hours! I highly recommend this book, if your not interested at least think about it.
Date published: 2015-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The land of stories I think that the land of stories is a awesome book so intresting and ingaging it helps with your vocabrely and it is a awesome book for kids love it
Date published: 2015-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG! The whole concept of this story line is a perfect novilization of what we can only hope and assume the land of stories would truelly be like! the characters that i grew up with completely come to life as te plot thickens with each turn of the page
Date published: 2015-04-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Awesome I will rate this five stars because this book is so awesome!!! I luv fantasies and this series suits me. Im pumped for the next book!!!!
Date published: 2015-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hello is was a great book could not put the book done. I really injoy ed the book.This book has a lot of advercher.
Date published: 2015-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical! What a magical stoy. I got this book going away for the holidays. I could not put it down. It is agreat book full of the fairityles you know!
Date published: 2014-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun in Fairyland Mr. Colfer has a gift and I can't wait to read the second book in this series. There were parts that were predictable but it didn't matter because there are some neat surprises too. This book is extremely entertaining and it would make a great animated movie. If you are a fan of the Once Upon a Time TV show, then you will enjoy this book.
Date published: 2014-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun in Fairyland I enjoyed this so much I downloaded the sequel right away. It was hard to put down. Chris Colfer has such a vivid imagination to seamlessly connect fairy tale characters we all love.
Date published: 2014-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The land of stories: the wishing spe Very, very good read. Just about to purchase the second in the series of 4! They should make these books into a movie. Children and parents would both enjoy this book.
Date published: 2014-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A magic fairy tale! Such a wonderful story to read. I really enjoyed every minute of it. Well written first novel with memorable characters for everyone. Truly brings out your inner child.
Date published: 2014-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliantly written! This book really bring us to a new sensation for each chapter. And you will be thrilled and shocked and curious by the untold stories beyond every happy ending fairytales. Chris Colfer you're the best!
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The land of stories Why is there not a movie already? I wish I could demand it because I really want to see a movie about it. It would be the best movie of all time MMMMMMAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYBBBBBBBBBBBBEEEEEEEEE. At least I think so read this book.
Date published: 2014-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but.. Beautiful story with great imagery and morality. I just dislike authors that don't thank the readers who purchase and take the time to read their published works. A mere personal pet peeve otherwise nicely done.
Date published: 2014-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing storytelling! I just finished reading this book and absolutely loved it. What a fantastic read aloud it will be for my classroom. I love how Chris Colfer used the fairy tale characters and continued their story with the addition of new characters, Alex and Connor. It will grab the attention of young readers, and is very well written. My 10 year old son couldn't put it down and kept trying to take it from me so that he could read it! Looking forward to the next book!
Date published: 2013-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Best book ever?????????????????????????
Date published: 2013-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book Ever I got this book a couple days a go. It was absolutely the best. It was well written and the pictures were well detalied. I love to read books and out of all the books i read this was the best. I hope he does another book realeted to it and make a seris. It Would be absolutely great!!!!! I would recommend this book for anyone who loves the real version of fairy tales with the lesson or for people that wish they could go inside of 1 of their favourite books. Once you get this you would keep on reading to find out what happens next. It WILL keep you guessing till the end! It WILL also surprise more than once,
Date published: 2012-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adorable and fun The Good Stuff •I was extremely surprised by how well written it is, won't lie wasn't expecting much, but it really is well done. This youg man is a talented storyteller - no fair though - I mean seriously - the guy can sing, act and write - ah well congrats Mr Colfer very well done •Lovely creative twist on the various fairy tale stories •Some very wise observations on life •Delightfully funny •Fast moving and exciting •Just so much fun to read, think this will be wonderful for the young bookworm out there -- I would have adored this as a kid •Will be definitely recommending this one. Have already passed on my second copy to the little girl 3 doors down •The siblings are very likeable and act like siblings would - some of the dialogue between the two is just plain delightful •The illustrations in the arc are nice and my copy is signed, but I still think I will buy a copy of the finished product for my boys (had two ARC's from BEA) The Not So Good Stuff •drags a wee bit at times •pretty predictable if you are an older reader -- but for the suggested age range it is perfect Favorite Quotes/Passages "I've never met a person I didn't learn something from!" Grandma said. "Even the most monotonous people will surprise you. Remember that." "What was I supposed to tell Mom when she got home? Hi Mom, hope you had a good day at work. Alex fell through a book. By the way, what's for diner? Give me a break!" "It's Rapunzel's tower!" Alex said., and her eyes became a little misty at the sight of it. "Are you seriously crying?" said Conner, who was still on the ground. “The world will always choose convenience over reality. It's easier to hate, blame, and fear than it is to understand. No one wants the truth; they want entertainment.” Who Should/Shouldn't Read •This is the perfect book for the 8-10 yr old bookworm - it will be one of their favorites •Adult will get a kick out of it as well •Fans of Glee should enjoy as well 4.25 Dewey's I recieved a copy at BEA and my copy is signed by Chris Colfer (Thanks to Teri and Cammy for getting me a spot)
Date published: 2012-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fun read for grown ups too! Kudos to Chris Colfer! I picked up the book and read through 125 pages before I put it down but only to make dinner. He does an excellent job giving us glimpses into fairy tale characters ever after lives as he tells Conner and Alex' adventure story. The previous review will give you even more detail. Do pick it up, it's worth the purchase.
Date published: 2012-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Note-Perfect Fairy-Tale As there is a lot of variation in the YA section, there's also quite a bit of variation in the Middle Grace shelves. You still get books that are dark, books that are deep, books that are adventurous, and occasionally something ends up in the section and you're not sure why it's there (can we say "Howl's Moving Castle"?). THE WISHING SPELL was an absolutely note-perfect fairy-tale, with just enough edge to make it interesting, and not so much that it was in any way "edgy". I pretty much adored it. The story follows twins Alex and Connor Bailey, who have just turned 12 and are dealing with the recent death of their father. Their mom is doing her best to make ends meet, but money is tight. Alex is a total book-worm and gets teased a lot, while Connor is more popular but not good at school, but the two don't really resent each other's strengths. Whatever else, it's family first. They learned that from their father, who always had stories to tell them whenever they needed advice or to be cheered up. For their birthday, their grandmother gives them an old fairy-tale book, the one their dad used to read to them, and, as is the case in these tales, before long Alex and Connor are sucked into the fairy world and the great adventure that lies therein. What follows is a tremendous romp through a bunch of fairy-tale kingdoms, in search of the spell that will get them back home. They meet a lot of fairy-tale characters, and learn that "happily ever after" is a bit harder to pull off when you can't just close the book and move on with your life. This is, as I've said before, one of my favourite things about fairy-tale retellings, and Colfer manages to pull it off really, really well. In addition to being a tightly written adventure, it's also LAUGH OUT LOUD funny. Colfer's dialogue is delightful, and each character is wonderful, no matter how little time we spend with them. Goldilocks is a wanted felon, Red Riding Hood is a vastly unprepared elected Queen that no one takes seriously, and Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel had the Little Mermaid have all grown up and DONE things with their lives (or, you know, done things with their DEATHS), and it is JUST. SO. AWESOME. What absolutely holds the story together, though, is the relationship between Alex and Connor. They start out as opposites, but Colfer planted very early on the idea that they really aren't so different after all. Watching the two of them work together, learn each other's strengths and weaknesses, and grow up a little bit over the course of the book was easily my favourite part. I lie: my favourite part was the explanation for why all the Kings are called King Charming. ;) Anyway, if you are in the mood for a fun read, or if you have kids under 12 (or with happy spirits, like me!), this is definitely the book for you. 5/5 for weaving together so many stories, for being fantastical and having common sense, for a great sister-and-brother team, for a GORGEOUS map, and for being something I believe would have been published anyway, had the author not already been famous.
Date published: 2012-07-18