Title: The Wishing Spell
Author: Chris Colfer
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Release Date: July 2012
Length: 438 pages
Series?: The Land of Stories #1
Genre: Middle Grades, Fantasy, Retelling
The Land of Stories tells 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.
***** Review *****
I picked up this book because I thought it would be interesting. I had no clue who the author was until after I had finished the book. (What? I don’t watch TV.)
However, Chris Colfer’s acting career aside, the man can write. He’s taken the classic and beloved fairy tales we grew up with and thrown in some interesting quirks and some very interesting twists. AND he’s done it with a heap of humor.
Alex and Connor, twins, have suffered a devastating loss in the last year: their fairy-tale and story-loving father. They even had to move out of their house. After their grandmother comes to visit, she leaves them with their father’s book, The Land of Stories. Alex is consumed by the book, and it lands the twins not only in big trouble, but big danger, too!
“I was just thinking,” Conner said. “Alice went to Wonderland after she fell into a rabbit hole. Dorothy’s whole house was scooped up by a tornado that dropped her off in Oz. The Narnia kids traveled through an old wardrobe. . . and we ended up in the fairy-tale world by falling through a book.”
“Where are you going with this, Conner?” Alex said.
“I’m just saying, it’s kind of lame compared to the others,” Conner said with another sigh.
Alex is a very sentimental, caring and kind young girl. Connor, on the other hand, is slightly obnoxious and quite funny, and there were many times I agreed with some of his thoughts and comments.
They discover there is a spell that will grant any wish, so after getting their bearings in this new fairy tale world they set off in hunt of all of the items from the book. They know that the spell has been used once before, and it can only be used twice, and it is their only hope of getting home. It’s not going to be easy, though, with a land so vast!
Unknown to them until encounters with various fairy tale characters, someone else is after all of the items for the Wishing Spell as well…and she will do anything to get them.
I LOVED this book….so much so that the week after I finished it, I saw the second book at my school’s book fair and snatched it up!
I highly recommend this book to anyone. It is an incredible story with a few twists to fairy tales as we know it. I am hoping to somehow incorporate this book into my classroom.
***** About the Author *****
He is also a New York Times bestselling author whose books include the first three novels in the “Land of Stories” series (“The Wishing Spell”, “The Enchantress Returns” and “A Grimm Warning”) as well as “Struck By Lightning: The Carson Philips Journal” which is a novelization based on the script he wrote for the film “Struck By Lighting” (Colfer also co-produced and starred in that movie).