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The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

The Land of Stories

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 30, 2012 – It s hard not to love a book dedicated to the Glee star s grandmother, who gave him this early advice: Christopher, I think you should wait until you re done with elementary school before worrying about being a failed writer. In this entertaining if a bit overlong first novel, 12-year-old twins Alex (a girl) and Conner fall into their grandmother s cherished book of stories and arrive in fairy tale land. The only way to get home is a convoluted scavenger hunt that requires them to collect eight tokens from various fairy tales Cinderella s glass slipper, a lock of Rapunzel s hair, etc. The ending is never in doubt, but it s a difficult journey as the twins meet the Big Bad Wolf Pack, are enslaved by trolls, and kidnapped by Snow White s evil stepmother. Colfer gets off many good lines Conner s dialogue especially sounds like quips Kurt Hummel might make, as when the twins swim across an icy moat: Wooo! It s so cold, I think we may be twin sisters now. The nifty ending ties the plot s multiple strands up while leaving room for further fairy tale adventures. Ages 8 up.

Customer Reviews

Very well written - a new take on fairy tales

I'm impressed! Along with all his other talents, Mr. Colfer is an excellent writer. His style is easy to read and pulls the reader along, but the vocabulary and complexity of his writing lend a welcome depth to the story. I can't wait to read the rest.


so magical this is a really uplifting book 📚

The Land of Stories

This book is amazing it combines fantasy, adventure, and surprises.

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell
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  • $7.99
  • Level: Grades 3-7
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fairy Tales, Myths & Fables
  • Published: Jul 17, 2012
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 448 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: The Land of Stories
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 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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