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The School for Good and Evil

The School For Good And Evil

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Rebekah
HPB Staff

The School For Good And Evil

by Chainani, Soman/ Bruno, Iacopo (ILT)
Proof that rules were meant to be broken

Since this book is a bit on the younger side of fairy tale retellings, I thought it'd be a quick fluffy read and fully expected to be able to predict the plot. Then the novel proved me wrong not once, but around four times. I'm a sucker for twisted fairy tales and Chainani's story doesn't disappoint: Two girls from a small village who grew up reading fables find themselves attending a school designed for the fairy tale characters themselves, except that Sophie (the pink loving blonde with her sights set on a prince) is enrolled in the school for evil and Agatha (the black wearing loner whose only friend is Sophie herself) winds up in the school for good. This supposed mix-up sparks a crazy chain of events that threatens to bring down the entire fairy tale community. The story is all about subverting expectations and, while I probably would have written it differently, I enjoyed finding out where it ultimately went. Let's just say the ending wasn't at all what I expected; I went out and grabbed the second in the series the next day. The only problem I had while reading was that it felt like the characters hadn't learned anything over the course of the novel. It was as though they were completely ignorant to everything happening around them, story-wise. After 300 pages, the audience certainly gets what's happening and it was frustrating to read that the characters weren't. Maybe this was because the book was written for an age range pretty far below my own, but 9-11 year olds who are reading 300-400 page books are sure to catch up to the storyline and ideas pretty quickly. Still, I couldn't put it down.

 
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Best friends Sophie (princess wannabe) and Agatha (witchy loner) are headed (via kidnapping) to the School for Good and Evil, but their assumed destinies are reversed.



  • Condition: Used - Good
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Sold by: HPB Kenwood Galleria
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
  • ISBN-13: 9780062104908
  • ISBN: 006210490X
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Edition: Reprint



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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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