Synopses & Reviews
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.
"It's hard not to love [the book]...Colfer gets off many good lines [and] the nifty ending ties the plot's multiple strands up while leaving room for further fairy tale adventures."--Publishers Weekly
"It will hit big with its combination of earnestness and playful poise."--The New York Times Book Review
"There's more in Colfer's magic kingdoms than Disney has dreamt of."--USA Today
"In The Land of Stories, Colfer showcases his talent for crafting fancifully imaginative plots and multidimensional characters."--Los Angeles Times
"A magical debut."--Family Circle
About the Author
Chris Colfer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and Golden Globe-winning actor. He was honored as a member of the TIME 100, Time magazine's annual list of the one hundred most influential people in the world, and his books include Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns, and The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning.