The School for Good and Evil is absolutely one of the best YA fantasy reads since the Harry Potter train left the station. Meet two girls, Sophie and Agatha. They live in a small village from which every four years, two children disappear forever — until they reappear years later in the fairy tale books. Beautiful Sophie knows she is destined to be whisked away, meet her Prince Charming, and live her Happily Ever After as a fairy tale princess; gloomy Agatha is always being mocked by the villagers that she will be abducted and become an evil witch. But when the fateful night arrives, both girls face an incredible reversal of fortunes as they are brought to the gates of the School for Good and Evil. The world of stories is deadly serious, as the girls must contend with picky princes, fairy tale curses, and an enigmatic and riddle-speaking School Master — all while competing for top marks in classes like Animal Communication and Uglification.
Every book in this series is a delight, humorous and dramatic in equal measure. The building adventure and mystery glues you to the pages from start to finish, and no joke — with each ending, you'll either be exhilarated and giddy or chucking the book across the room and demanding the next. Whatever your reaction, though, these stories are a ride you don't want to miss! Recommended By Miranda G., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
The New York Times
bestselling The School for Good and Evil
, the first book in the series, is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one. This paperback edition features an Extras section, giving readers a chance to see which school they'd be in and a Q&A with the author, Soman Chainani.
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?
Invention in overdrive…The School for Good and Evil is a comedic education by a writer primed to shoot to the head of the class. Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Matchless
“Rich and strange.” Kirkus Reviews
“A fairy tale like no other, complete with romance, magic, humor, and a riddle that will keep you turning pages until the end.” Ann M. Martin, author of the bestselling Babysitter & #8217;s Club series
“Chainani has imagined the world where fairy tales come to life, where for every fairy princess with a ‘Happily Ever After in her future there is a villain with a tragic fate in store. But in The School for Good and Evil its not always certain which is which.” David Magee, screenwriter of Life of Pi and Finding Neverland
“In Chainanis richly imagined world the action never lets up for a nano-second. Young readers wont be able to stop turning the pages till they reach the surprising and satisfying conclusion.” Tor Seidler, author of Mean Margaret, a National Book Award Finalist
“Chainani takes the racing energy of Roald Dahls language and combines it with the existential intensity of J.K. Rowlings plots to create his own universe. THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL uses the sorcery of words and the poetry of friendship to startle, enchant, and keep us turning pages.” Maria Tatar, Chair of Folklore and Mythology Program, Harvard University and Editor of The Classic Fairy Tales
“Wow. From the very first sentence, you know youre entering a thrilling world of strange fantasy... A wild and dangerous fairy tale ride. I loved this book.” R. L. Stine, author of the bestselling Goosebumps series
“[A] whip-smart debut...If I could bewitch you all to read it, I would.
This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good and 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—and they'll quickly find that the only way out of a fairy tale . . . is to live through it.
About the Author
Soman Chainani believes in fairy tales even more than the children of Gavaldon do. While studying at Harvard, he practically created his own "fairy-tale" major and wrote his thesis on why evil women make such irresistible fairy-tale villains.
Soman is also an acclaimed screen-writer, a graduate of the MFA Film Program at Columbia University, and the recipient of the school's top prize, the FMI Fellowship. His films have played at more than 150 film festivals around the world, winning more than 30 jury and audience prizes, and his writing awards include honors from Big Bear Lake, New Draft, the CAPE Foundation, the Sun Valley Writers' Conference, and the coveted Shasha Grant, awarded by a jury of international film executives.
When he's not telling stories or teaching in New York City, Soman is a die-hard tennis player who never lost a first-round match for ten years. Then he started writing The School for Good and Evil. Now he loses all the time.