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Book 1, Fairy Tale Reform School

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Would you send a villain to do a hero’s job? 

Flunked is an exciting new twisted fairy tale from the award-winning author of the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series. “Charming fairy-tale fun.” —Sarah Mlynowski, author of the New York Times bestselling Whatever After series.

Gilly wouldn’t call herself wicked, exactly…but when you have five little brothers and sisters and live in a run-down boot, you have to get creative to make ends meet. Gilly’s a pretty good thief (if she does say so herself).

Until she gets caught.

Gilly’s sentenced to three months at Fairy Tale Reform School where all of the teachers are former (super-scary) villains like the Big Bad Wolf, the Evil Queen, and Cinderella’s Wicked Stepmother. Harsh. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla, she learns there’s more to this school than its heroic mission. There’s a battle brewing and Gilly has to wonder: can a villain really change?

“Fairy Tale Reform School is spellbinding and wickedly clever. Gilly is smart, spunky, and a hilarious narrator, and I cannot wait to read about her next adventure!” —Leslie Margolis, author of the Annabelle Unleashed novels and the Maggie Brooklyn mysteries

“Fairy Tale Reform School is a fresh and funny take on the enchanted world. (And who hasn’t always wanted to know what happened to Cinderella’s stepmother?)” —Julia DeVillers, author of the Trading Faces identical twin series and Emma Emmets, Playground Matchmaker

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 26, 2015 – Calonita (the Belles series) blithely samples from fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and folklore in this lighthearted first book in the Fairy Tale Reform School series. Gilly is the 12-year-old daughter of a poor cobbler who lives in a boot, and she has a habit of stealing to support her family. But Gilly's petty thefts result in her being shipped off to the Fairy Tale Reform School, founded by Cinderella's formerly wicked stepmother in an effort to eradicate evil from the kingdom of Enchantasia and "turn wicked delinquents and former villains into future heroes." The stakes are already high for Gilly while she's trapped at the FTRS, she's anxious about how her family will make ends meet before she becomes embroiled in a plot within the school, which may affect several of the reformed fairy-tale instructors. Recognizable fairy-tale characters abound (profiles of the school's instructors, like Xavier Wolfington, the wolf from Little Red Riding Hood, appear throughout), and questions of whether goodness or badness run to the core of a person leave readers with plenty to consider. Ages 10 12.

Customer Reviews

Perfect for the 11 – 15 year old readers who want a fast-paced light read with a touch of mystery

Oh this was fun – a twisted fairy tale mash up with villains that are not so villainous, and a plot to overthrow the “princesses gone wrong”. A fun romp through some of the secondary characters as they repent and plot in this lovely story.

A bit uncomplicated, there are twists and turns, but none are quite as multi-layered as they could have been. Gilly is a child that lived in the shoe: after stealing to earn money (yes, the cupboards were bare) she is sent to reform school.

Here we meet the teachers of Enchantasia: the reformed villains of the tales, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother as headmistress being one of the bigger names. Narrated in 12 year old Gilly’s voice, her descriptions are just what could be expected: a bit older than her years at some times, and then completely and utterly twelve in others. These are young teens and tweens, and often their decisions and insight reflect that fact, feeling wholly appropriate and just plain old fun.

While there is a plot afoot, truly this story is about Gilly: repenting for her bad (or are they really) ways and learning to work with her new friends, as she learns who she is, and how she relates to the world around her. Plenty of twists and turns keep the story intriguing, with secondary characters that are engaging and fun, if lacking a bit in development. This story is fun, and doesn’t take itself too seriously even as the issues that Gilly faces are often important ones. I’m hoping this is the first in a series of stories, so we can see more of the world through other characters’ eyes.

Perfect for the 11 – 15 year old readers who want a fast-paced light read with a touch of mystery and plenty of moments to laugh.

I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Amazing book sooooooooooooooo good

I thought I could never find a perfect book but I did.I bet nothing could ever be so perfect.


Have not started btu I can't wait to I'm rating this all 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ because I want to give this book "a chance"

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  • $6.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fairy Tales, Myths & Fables
  • Published: Mar 03, 2015
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc
  • Seller: Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Fairy Tale Reform School
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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