Title: The School For Good And Evil
Series: The School For Good And Evil, #1
Author: Soman Chainani
Published: HarperCollins, May 2013
Source: received a copy from publisher
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“The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.”
This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & 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—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 amongst 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 & Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.
An awesome fantasy, The School For Good And Evil takes us on a roller coaster ride to discover the value of authenticity, friendship and morality. Often, we make assumptions of what’s good or what’s evil based on superficial details like sound or appearance but in this story, we get to witness some of the most incredible transformational makeovers of good as well as evil – Sophie and Agatha have character traits that can really push our emotional buttons – throughout the book, I found myself giggling, frowning, doubting, worrying, empathizing, snorting, judging and pitying, and I couldn’t help but wonder if I might behave in ways similar to Sophie and Agatha if I were being trapped on the school ground. While I might not fully agree with their choices, I like that they do not blindly follow orders or try to live up to others’ expectations. If you’re looking for a story that would teach kids the merit of obedience, I’m afraid you’ll have to look somewhere else, but if you’re looking for a tale that would demonstrate the cost of falsehood and pretense, grab a copy of The School For Good And Evil. In our society, we often hear motivational speakers talk about things like “fake it till we make it” but in The School For Good And Evil, we get to see why we can never lie about who we are. And do you know what I love the most about this story? It’s how I get to witness the remarkable transformation of Agatha! Her path of self-realization is a must-read and I have to say I absolutely love the way she learns to dissolve her doubts and build her self-confidence. This is a very good story and I hope you’ll read it some day if you haven’t already read it.
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