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The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Soman Chainani
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Book Description

A dark and enchanting fantasy adventure perfect for girls who prefer their fairytales with a twist.

Every four years, two girls are kidnapped from the village of Gavaldon. Legend has it these lost children are sent to the School for Good and Evil, the fabled institution where they become fairytale heroes or villains.

Sophie, the most beautiful girl in town, has always dreamed of her place at the School for Good while her friend Agatha, with her dark disposition seems destined for the School for Evil. But when the two are kidnapped they find their fortunes reversed…

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About the Author

A debut novelist but Soman has written numerous screenplays and his recent work includes the upcoming feature musical MUMBO JUMBO for Aardman Animation (WALLACE & GROMIT, FLUSHED AWAY, CHICKEN RUN), and the adaptation of children’s book THE PUSHCART WAR for Jane Startz Productions.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3240 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,624 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magical fairy tale 28 May 2014
Review: Every four years, two children are taken from the village of Gavaldon, to the School of Good and Evil. There, they learn things that enable them to become characters in fairy tales, whether they be princesses, witches, fairy godmothers or plants. Agatha is a strange child who is thought of as a witch, living alone at Graves Hill and having one friend, Sophie. Sophie is a girl with blond hair and the confidence that she will be taken to be a princess. Sure enough, they both are taken, but Agatha ends up in the school for Good and Sophie in Evil. With their expectations reversed and both wanting out of their schools, they both learn things about their destinies, and themselves.
I love fairytales. The idea that all of the characters are real people who all trained at the same school is a very intriguing one, that I really liked.
From the start, Sophie was a bit annoying and Agatha was more my kind of girl. It was satisfying seeing Sophie get dropped at Evil, and seeing how she coped with it. She stayed annoying throughout. Agatha dealt with her fate a bit better. I liked Agatha’s bluntness, which made me laugh. Both girls develop massively throughout, realising different things about themselves and where they truly belong. Tedros, the prince, was really irritating. He didn’t really do much and he just got on my nerves. The supporting characters like Hester and Dot were well developed.
The world building is great. It’s a magical setting, with wolves and fairies, and a mysterious School Master and the Storian, a pen writing the fairy tales. The story moves along well. The end is very climatic, with everything happening in a blur at once. The very end was a bit sudden.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very much YA.... 28 Dec. 2014
By Millie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Don't get put off by this young looking cover - this book is very much YA. Some of the themes mentioned are quite deep and mature and the plot is far from simple.

Every few years, the school master come in the night to take two children from the village. One is usually a kind a beautiful child, destined to be a prince/princess. The other an ugly outcast who is destined to be a villain. From there they are taken to The School For Good and Evil where they will prepare for their fairy tale lives. So what happens when beautiful Sophie is taken to The School For Evil and village outcast Sophie to the School of Good.

The concept of this book is really unique as I haven't really come across anything like it. Without becoming one of this people who just compare books, throughout the novel I had a vibe of Harry Potter/Once Upon a Time. I really enjoyed how the author weave in the classic fairy tale characters to show how they were once like Sophie and Agatha.

There were a lot of feel in this book as it does touch on the theme love and friendship. However, the main thing I felt throughout was confusion - in a good way. This is because I was conflicts in how I felt about the mix up of schools and where the plot was going. In my opinion, this plot was very complex for a middle grade book as I really couldn't predict where it was going!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much perfect for me 15 Dec. 2013
By Kenny
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Wow! This book was pretty much perfect for me. I don't want to say too much about the story but I couldn't get enough. Yes, it's been decades since I was in the age bracket for it (middle grade...ehem) but I loved it! Princesses, princes, villains all in one magical school - great recipe for a fantastic fairytale! Agatha and Sophie are great characters and I couldn't help rooting for both of them, even when they were clearly being idiotic about stuff. Tedros was a little annoying as the love interest but he grew on me in the end. Also the story ending felt a bit rushed but I imagine that might have been because Chainani was trying to get things all wrapped up for book two. It didn't bother me though, still loved this book and can't wait for the next instalment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book! 13 Nov. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I absolutely loved this book. I was intrigued by the concept, got hooked by the sample, and finished the whole book in no time at all (though some sleep was sacrificed!). The two main characters were believable and sympathetic, and their development from the beginning of the story to the end was seamless. The secondary characters were also fantastically well developed, and while certain plot developments were predictable, I didn't find myself bored or disinterested. If anything, the story flowed so well that even when the predictable happened, I was still utterly involved in the outcome. Highly recommended, and I've already pre-ordered the sequel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get ready for a new favourite book! 12 Jun. 2013
This is now in my top three favourite books EVER!

This book could have been written for me! Every page was perfect from the dark graveyard with its twisting trees, too the glittering pink and blue school for good. This is a real Fairy Tale and an epic one at that! The end of this story is so heart stopping, completely exciting it felt like an end to a series rather than the start, I don't know how he's going to top this 1st book.

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I can't say enough brilliant things about S.F.G.A.E I loved both the main characters Sophie and Agatha so much. Each girl was beautiful and totally brilliant in her own way so much so each one of them became very real to me. I loved watching Sophie embracing her inner villain, especially through her outfits! F really is for Fabulous! But more than anything I loved watching Agatha turn into a princess. And her finding her inner and outer beauty that was always there Agatha just couldn't see herself, made me so happy I cried. It was such a beautiful part of the story.

The school and the world they lived in was described so vividly that I could see it in front of me, smell and taste what they did! I didn't just read this book I lived it and loved every second of it.

The hardcover book is truly beautiful. The illustrations are stunning and the old page edges made me feel like I had something really precious. This book is presented like the enchanting tale that it is. I'm in love with the school for good and evil.

Thank you Soman for this fairy tale. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in this series. If by any chance you're reading this Mr Chainani, PLEASE let Agatha and Tedros find each other and get there happily ever after together!
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