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The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Chris Colfer

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Title:The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell
Authors:Chris Colfer
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 448 pages
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The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer (2012)

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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.

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"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 |
Things just aren’t the same after Alex and Connor Bailey’s father dies suddenly. Although their mother tries hard, their finances are stretched to the limit, and she never has time for the twins. Thus, when their grandmother gifts them with a magical book filled with fairy tales, it is only a matter of time before the twins become immersed in it. An accidental discovery takes the twins to a fairy tale land where they meet the characters of their favorite childhood stories. It’s a dream come true, right? Well, unfortunately things are not all they are cracked up to be in the land of stories, and the twins are worried about their mom. As if things couldn’t get any worse, they learn that the only way home is by the wishing spell.

With the help of frog, a journal filled with riddles, and a bit of luck, the twins quickly gather the items needed to activate the spell. However, someone else is also longing for the wish. With the clock ticking, the twins are running out of time before they will be trapped forever in a fairy tale land filled with danger. Will they be able to make their escape in time? Check out this first, fast-paced book in The Land of Stories series to find out their fate.

The Bottom Line: Most of the characters in this charming tale will be familiar to middle grade readers. Recommended for readers who enjoy fairytale mash-ups, this book contains lots of adventure with plenty of twists and turns to keep kids interested.

This review also appears at the Mini Book Bytes Book Review Blog. ( )
  aya.herron | Sep 19, 2016 |
cute ( )
  mystic506 | Sep 3, 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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