Title: The School for Good and Evil
Genre: Children's Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy & Magic
Date Published: May 14th 2013
Synopsis: 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 pair, plucked 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. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.
But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they 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 amongst 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 & Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.
Not even a quarter into it, I knew I had fallen in love. It was fantastic! I ended up pre-ordering the 3-book paperback set so I could read them to my kid.
It was impossible to stop listening. Seriously. I was at a nerd gathering, sitting in the corner and hissing at anyone who tried to talk to me. But it was so good!
It's hard to express how much I loved this book without getting into spoilers. This was nothing like I expected it to be, but everything I needed it to be.
The characters were great, but I absolutely adored the concept of the story. It was brilliant! This book should be required reading in middle schools. I'm not even kidding. The message it teaches is truly wonderful.
I will be continuing this series and I look forward to reading the next book.