Good Curses Evil (Villain School Series)

Good Curses Evil (Villain School Series)

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by Stephanie S. Sanders
     
 

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Rune Drexler, Big Bad Wolf Jr., and Countess Jezebel Dracula are students at Master Dreadthorn's School for Wayward Villains. It's like military school for the children of famous villains; it's where you learn to be bad. But Rune is failing at his villainous studies, so when he lands himself in detention (again), Master Dreadthorn assigns him a Plot. In one week,

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Rune Drexler, Big Bad Wolf Jr., and Countess Jezebel Dracula are students at Master Dreadthorn's School for Wayward Villains. It's like military school for the children of famous villains; it's where you learn to be bad. But Rune is failing at his villainous studies, so when he lands himself in detention (again), Master Dreadthorn assigns him a Plot. In one week, Rune and his friends must find a henchman, steal a baby, kidnap a princess, and overthrow a kingdom. There's only one problem: Rune's not very evil. In fact, his behavior seems suspiciously heroic. . . .

This hilarious adventure stretches across a fairy tale world where the mistakes of famous villains become valuable lessons for our heroes-er, villains. The mix of familiar characters and a wholly original Plot will delight young readers.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Fran Hawk
Rune is a bored student at Master Dreadthorn's School for Wayward Villains. His dad is a powerful warlock who also happens to be the founder and headmaster of the school. The children of villains (including witches and vampires) end up in this evil military place if they are caught being good. As a punishment, Rune's dad assigns a "Plot" that Rune and two friends of his choice must complete in seven days to avoid exile. This is not your average school assignment. There are four components: steal a baby, kidnap a princess, engage a henchman, and overthrow a kingdom. Magical creatures and another student plotting against their plot add to the impossibility of the mission. Which, of course, they complete. The idea for this book is interesting and a bit different from the good vs evil that is flooding the children's market. The book is also appropriate for younger kids who want to read about vampires without being terrified. Although it includes the requisite boy/girl partnership and the snippy humor, it falls flat. A book that tries to be funny is not funny. Challenges keep coming but they fail to pull in the reader. Many young people may read this and like it, but there are better books to recommend and buy for this age group. "A Series of Unfortunate Events' by Lemony Snickett and "Fablehaven" by Brandon Mull are more sure-fire choices. Reviewer: Fran Hawk
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Where do scoundrels and monsters send their children who aren't quite nefarious enough? Why, to Master Dreadthorn's School for Wayward Villains, of course. Among the students: Countess Jezebel Dracula, who prefers hot cocoa to blood. The son of the Big Bad Wolf has been there since he tried to save a drowning child. However, none of the students have it as tough as the son of the headmaster, who feels that he will never be bad enough to please his dad. In a final effort to inspire Rune to the proper depths of lowness, Master Dreadthorn assigns him a Plot: within a week, the boy must kidnap a princess, steal a baby, find a henchman, and overthrow a kingdom. If he succeeds, he graduates from Rogue to Fiend. If he fails, he is exiled forever. Complicating matters is the fact that Mistress Morgana's School for Exemplary Villains will be working to complete their own Plot, aided by Rune's half brother Chad. Stirring up some sibling rivalry, the Dreadmaster has challenged both of his sons to keep the other from completing his mission. Accompanied by Jezebel and Wolf, Rune sets off to discover if he has what it takes to be a real villain. Along the way, he learns that it's not necessarily a bad thing to have a soft side. Happy coincidences throughout keep the story from being an edge-of-your-seat adventure, and students who crave substance and suspense are better directed elsewhere. However, the fast-paced action and snappy dialogue will appeal to reluctant readers and those looking for a light, humorous read.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
Kirkus Reviews

Some people just make terrible villains.

Take young spellcaster Rune, for example, stuck in Master Dreadthorn's School For Wayward Villains because he just doesn't have the knack for real evil (and also because the principal is his father). Possible redemption—with a chance to be promoted from Rogue to Fiend—comes along in the form of an assigned Plot. But despite recruiting a Henchman, kidnapping a princess and fomenting rebellion in a kingdom of his choice, Rune keeps looking like a Hero despite his best efforts. Sanders endows her surly narrator with a colorful cast of allies, such as overachieving vampire classmate Jezebel Dracula ("Mistress Smartyfangs," as Rune calls her), and rivals led by a seemingly innocuous roommate who bakes cookies that scream fetchingly when chewed. Other characters include Muma Padurii, owner of a certain very enticing gingerbread house deep in spooky Forgotten Forest. Characters in place, the author lays out a quest that looks more like a stumbling rush of happy coincidences and culminates in both a startlingly successful Plot and a whirl of revelations about Rune's father and family.

Amusing fare for readers who aren't quite up to more sophisticated halfhearted antiheroes like Artemis Fowl or Catherine Jinks' "Evil Genius" Cadel. (Light fantasy. 10-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599908489
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
08/30/2011
Series:
Villain School Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

STEPHANIE S. SANDERS lives in Iowa with her two mischievous girls and her deceptively sweet husband. When she's not plotting against her own characters, Stephanie is likely to be found creating strange works of art, taking incriminating photographs, reading dangerous books, or eating indecent amounts of chocolate.

www.stephsanders.com

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Good Curses Evil 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sanders leaves you with an amazing ending that leads thousands of readers wondering what will happen next, and some may even be inspired to write fan fiction about it.
Hauntedtower More than 1 year ago
I'm really excited to read this.(also the fact that I share the same last name as Rune, which i havn't seen in a novel before). Hope it's as good as it sounds
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great story for fun and adventure. Stephanie Sanders brought the old villians back with new life and created new villians. Very funny "plot" for pre-teens to adult! Can't wait for Stephanie Sanders' next book!
megreen1986 More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book for upper elementary through adult! The plot twists and turns and the humor is great! What an original way to send kids the message to do the right thing NO MATTER WHAT! I loved it and hope to see more from Stephanie S. Sanders in the future!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Post this on three other books look under your pillow
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