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The School for Good and Evil

The School for Good and Evil

ISBN: 0062104896

Title: The School for Good and Evil

Author: Soman Chainani

KDL Description:


“Every year, the mysterious School Master kidnaps two children, one Good, one Evil, from the village of Gavaldon to train as fairy tale characters. Sophie yearns for the day she’s kidnapped, convinced she’ll become the beautiful and supremely Good princess of the tales. She befriends Agatha, the girl who lives in the graveyard, as one of her “Good Deeds.” When Sophie is kidnapped, Agatha tries to save her, only to find herself in the School for Good with Sophie in the School for Evil! Chainani excels at storytelling with riffs on fairy tale conventions and lore. Recommend especially to fans of Harry Potter and fairy retellings.”
—Dawn at KDL’s Gaines Township branch

Amazon Description:

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.