Saturday, December 28, 2013

The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil #1) by Soman Chainani - Paul's Pre-Reading

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Title: The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil #1)
Author: Soman Chainani
Year Published: 2013

Synopsis: 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.

Why?: The reason I picked up this book was the cover. It's absolutely enthralling. I love all the parallels and the black and white. The school crest with the swans is really cool. The second reason this book caught my attention was the title. A school for good AND evil? A school for fairytale characters? All these things intrigue me.

Expectations: I know this is middle grade, so I'm not expecting too much mature or dark content, but I'm hoping for some interesting conversation on good and evil. I'm expecting to enter a fun and interesting world of future fairytales.

Judging a book by its cover: Like I said, I love this cover. So many parallels. I have so many questions about the characters and the castles.


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