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The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spellby Chris Colfer
Thursday, July 17, 2014 04:00 PM
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, Beaverton, OR
Conner Bailey thinks his fairy-tale adventures are behind him — until he discovers a mysterious clue left by the famous Brothers Grimm. With help from his classmate Bree and the outlandish Mother Goose, Conner sets off on a mission across Europe to crack a 200-year-old code. Meanwhile, Alex Bailey is training to become the next Fairy Godmother... but her attempts at granting wishes never go as planned. When all signs point to disaster for the Land of Stories, Conner and Alex must join forces with their friends and enemies to save the day. The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning (Little, Brown) is the third book in Chris Colfer's bestselling series.
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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 Stories tells 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.
"It's hard not to love a book dedicated to the Glee star's grandmother, who gave him this early advice: 'Christopher, I think you should wait until you're done with elementary school before worrying about being a failed writer.' In this entertaining if a bit overlong first novel, 12-year-old twins Alex (a girl) and Conner fall into their grandmother's cherished book of stories and arrive in fairy tale land. The only way to get home is a convoluted scavenger hunt that requires them to collect eight tokens from various fairy tales — Cinderella's glass slipper, a lock of Rapunzel's hair, etc. The ending is never in doubt, but it's a difficult journey as the twins meet the Big Bad Wolf Pack, are enslaved by trolls, and kidnapped by Snow White's evil stepmother. Colfer gets off many good lines — Conner's dialogue especially sounds like quips Kurt Hummel might make, as when the twins swim across an icy moat: 'Wooo! It's so cold, I think we may be twin sisters now.' The nifty ending ties the plot's multiple strands up while leaving room for further fairy tale adventures. Ages 8 — up. Agent: Rob Weisbach, Rob Weisbach Creative Management. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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