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The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

The Wishing Spell (2012)

by Chris Colfer, Chris Colfer

Other authors: Brandon Dorman (Illustrator)

Series: The Land of Stories (Book 1)

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Alex and Connor Bailey fall into a cherished fairy tale book and come face to face with fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Mar 1, 2017 |
First things first;
I know this is not the best written book ever.
Yes there are bits that will irritate you, sloppy bits and careless bits.
Who cares because sometimes I just want to read a good story and that's just what this is.
Who doesn't want to know what happened to Snow White, Cinderella and Red Riding Hood after the story finishes!
Minor warning there is mild swearing (could really do without it to be honest) ( )
  angelaoatham | Feb 21, 2017 |
love it! ( )
  ChloeLaird | Nov 28, 2016 |
Great middle grade read!!! Quite charming and sweet! ( )
  pickleroad | Nov 10, 2016 |
Twins Alex and Connor are struggling in the wake of their father's death; their mother is overworked and their grandmother's visits are too rare. When their grandmother does visit, for the twins' birthday, she gives them her old book of fairy tales, and they fall into it - literally - into the Land of Stories. Here they meet "Froggy," who gives them a handwritten journal containing a list of items they need to collect for the Wishing Spell - the only way they know to get home. But the Evil Queen (Sleeping Beauty's stepmother) is seeking the wishing spell too.

Alex and Connor must travel to all the kingdoms to collect the various items (A lock of Rapunzel's hair, Cinderella's glass slipper, a jewel from Sleeping Beauty's coffin, a piece of Red Riding Hood's basket, etc.), and they nearly perish a number of times, but either save themselves or are rescued.

Colfer cleverly imagines the Fairy Tale kingdoms and adds some nifty touches to make it his own - all the Prince Charmings are brothers, for example, and there is a love triangle between Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Red Riding Hood, and Goldilocks, who is an outlaw.

A very good story with a relatively sound plot and decent main characters, but the writing is amateurish and clunky. Fun, and I'd recommend it to those who like a spin on fairy tales, but I probably won't continue with the series.


"A villain is just a victim whose story hasn't been told." -The Evil Queen

"Does such a place exist where people can't be unexpectedly helped or hurt?" ( )
  JennyArch | Oct 31, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 031620157X, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:59:58 -0400)

"Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner 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"--… (more)

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