The School for Good and Evil #2: A World without Princes

Overview

This paperback edition features extra content including deleted scenes from book one, a chat with Soman Chainani, and a sneak peek at The School for Good and Evil #3: The Last Ever After!

In the New York Times bestselling sequel to Soman Chainani's debut, The School for Good and Evil, Sophie and Agatha are back in Gavaldon, living out their Happily Ever After, but life isn't quite the fairy tale they expected. When Agatha wishes she'd chosen a different Happy Ending, she ...

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Overview

This paperback edition features extra content including deleted scenes from book one, a chat with Soman Chainani, and a sneak peek at The School for Good and Evil #3: The Last Ever After!

In the New York Times bestselling sequel to Soman Chainani's debut, The School for Good and Evil, Sophie and Agatha are back in Gavaldon, living out their Happily Ever After, but life isn't quite the fairy tale they expected. When Agatha wishes she'd chosen a different Happy Ending, she accidentally reopens the gates to the School for Good and Evil, and the girls find that the world they knew has changed.

Witches and princesses reside at the School for Girls, where they've been inspired to live a life without princes, while Tedros and the boys are camping in Evil's old towers. A war is brewing between the schools, but can Agatha and Sophie restore the peace? Can Sophie stay good with Tedros on the hunt? And whose heart does Agatha's belong to—her best friend or her prince?

Soman Chainani has created a spectacular world that Newbery Medal-winning author Ann M. Martin calls "a fairy tale like no other, complete with romance, magic, humor, and a riddle that will keep you turning pages until the end."

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Editorial Reviews

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"Try to escape and you will always fail/ The only way out is through a fairytale."After the travails recounted in The School for Good and Evil, Sophie and Agatha are back home, but their return doesn't seem like the Ever After that they had expected. It is so different, in fact, that Agatha secretly reopens gates that she and Sophie not too long before had believed were forever closed. One sequel you won't forget.

School Library Journal
04/01/2014
Gr 6 & Up—Sophie and Agatha have returned home from the School of Good and Evil, figuring their troubles were over. Friendship won the day, and the girls gained their happy endings. Or have they? There are wishes left ungranted and it seems their unusual victory has changed the very nature of the School itself—and not in a good way. The girls find themselves drawn back to the School once more, destined to face malevolent magic, danger, and treachery. Can Agatha find a way to put right what's gone wrong, and still save her best friend? Can Sophie keep the Witch at bay? Happily ever after never seemed so far away. This second title in the dramatic fantasy series will be eagerly read by fans of the first title, The School For Good and Evil (HarperCollins, 2013), but will likely prove confusing for newcomers. The writing has gained some polish moving into this second installment, but an about-face plot twist creates a disconcerting set of messages regarding the girls and boys of the School and may put off some readers. The conclusion remains mostly open-ended and there are several cliff-hangers that will presumably be resolved in a third title. This will appeal most readily to readers with a taste for fairy tales and drama similar to Shannon Hale's "Ever After High" series (Little, Brown).—Stephanie Whelan, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-03
In a middle volume framed as a battle of the sexes, the author pulls some clever switcheroos (The School for Good and Evil, 2013). A sincere if ill-timed wish summons Agatha and Sophie back to the twinned School for Good and Evil—to find it transformed into separate schools for girls and for boys. The latter is filled with brutal, callous, unwashed louts led (at first) by vengeful Tedros of Camelot. A scary new dean in the former has changed the fairy-tale textbooks to make all the male characters evil and instituted radical policies for the girls: "We wear pants, we don't do our nails…we even eat cheese!" Though Chainani tries to keep the rival camps entirely separate by leaving out any hint of sex or even (a mighty pull between Agatha and Tedros aside) romance, Sophie's temporary transformation into a boy at one point to sneak into the other school leads to a tender scene with Tedros. Another character turns out to be a spell-disguised boy who just preferred the girls' school. Readers will be drawn in by set pieces, including the currently obligatory Hunger Games–style competition, but nearly all turn out to be incidental to the broader plot, which ends, of course, in a cliffhanger. The closing volume should tie up those loose ends with, if the first two volumes are indicators, wild swings of terror and hilarity. (Fantasy. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062104939
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/14/2015
  • Series: School for Good and Evil Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 237,105
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Soman Chainani

Soman Chainani's first two novels, The School for Good and Evil and The School for Good and Evil: A World without Princes, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list. The series has been translated into languages across six continents and will soon be a major motion picture from Universal Studios.

As a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University's MFA film program, Soman has made films that have played at over 150 festivals around the world, and his writing awards include honors from Big Bear Lake, New Draft, the CAPE Foundation, the Shasha Grant, and the Sun Valley Writers' Fellowship.

When he's not telling stories, Soman is a diehard tennis player who never lost a first-round match for ten years . . . until he started writing The School for Good and Evil. Now he loses all the time.

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