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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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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 |
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  mystic506 | Sep 3, 2016 |
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  Calavari | Jun 7, 2016 |
This book was actually better than I expected it to be. There were definitely moments where I was rolling my eyes, but I did enjoy it overall, especially for a middle grade book. ( )
  NicoleSch | Jun 1, 2016 |
Alex and Connor Bailey discover that their family has been hiding a great secret when they fall into the book their grandmother gave them--The Land of Stories. They arrive in a world where fairy tales are real. This is the story of their journey to collect the ingredients of "The Wishing Spell", which is their only hope of going back home. Alex and Connor deal with uncertainty (as well as their dad's death the year before) in their own ways, and while they don't always agree, they love each other. Despite the not great narration, I sped through the audiobook. I would recommend this book to pretty much any kid in grades 4 to 6. It's a good introduction to longer books because of the familiar fairy tale aspect. ( )
  amythelibrarian | Apr 1, 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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