The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories Series #1) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Using a mysterious book to travel to a magical land, twins Alex and Connor meet classic fairy tale characters and monsters before discovering that returning back home will be more difficult than anticipated.

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Overview

Using a mysterious book to travel to a magical land, twins Alex and Connor meet classic fairy tale characters and monsters before discovering that returning back home will be more difficult than anticipated.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780606317467
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Series: Land of Stories Series, #1
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 171,482
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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  • Posted June 8, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This book is beautiful.
    Beautiful? More like supermegafoxyawesomehot.

    And Chris Colfer. What the Hell can't he do?

    79 out of 133 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    OK so after looking over some of the reviews for this story, I c

    OK so after looking over some of the reviews for this story, I could tell most people either did it just because they could or because they love Chris. So I'm going to give my full and honest review so people can actually know what to expect, without giving too much away. Chris proves he can do anything in this story. It's an almost utterly brilliant take on fairytales. Aside from some minor issues, such as a few bits of repetativeness, the story flows quite well. Its fairly fast paced, but does have a few moments that are slow (but what story doesn't?). The character of Alex isn't nearly as likeable as he brother Conner, who is quite hilarious. Both however, are very relatable. Chris, through Conner's character, gives an interpretation of fairytales in which I completely agree with. He looks at things in a realistic point of view and thus has a few quips here and there that will make you think back on some of the fairy tales we all loved as children. All in all this is a wonderful story for anyone to read. Most adults will find it to be dumbed down a bit, but it IS a childrens book after all. Great job Chris. I hope to read more from you in the future.

    66 out of 72 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Exceeded my expectations

    I've been watching the feedback on this book since the first ARC's were released this spring and I was hopefully cautious when I started reading it. I finished it tonight and was very pleasantly surprised at the wit, cleverness, heart & plotting of the book. There is quite a bit of depth added to the fairy tale characters whom we all know. I love the clever ways that Mr. Colfer interweaves the lives of the different characters and I actually chuckled out loud during several pages as their stories intersected. In addition to the targeted youth readers, I recommend this for any adult who is willing to explore what happens beyond the "happily ever after" and is looking for a bit of humor along the way. A great first book from a very talented young man.

    45 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2011

    MUST HAVE TO LICK

    Chris Colfer is the most talented human being on this planet, and even though this book hasnt come out yet... i can already tell it's gonna be gud. and SO DO YOU TUMBLR PEOPLE. lol txt it.

    43 out of 101 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2011

    I will so be looking forward to this.

    Chris Colfer can do anything.

    37 out of 96 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    An interesting twist!

    I read it all in one day. I couldn't put it down! A must read for Fairy Tale fans! Who knew Chris Colfer was so talented. I look forward to reading the next book about Alex and Connor.

    This book gave me a completely different perspective on the evil queen. It opened my eyes and has helped me to understand the deeper meanings found in the fairy tales we all know and love. I can't wait for the next book!

    26 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2011

    Chris Colfer? Yes Please

    Chris Colfer is just flawless.
    Utterly flawless.

    The book hasn't come out yet, but
    it's sure to make it big time.

    25 out of 73 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2012

    THE LAND OF STORIES Chris Colfer Fairy Tale/Fantasy Reading th

    THE LAND OF STORIES
    Chris Colfer
    Fairy Tale/Fantasy

    Reading the Land of Stories was a truly magical experience. The idea of a fairy tale world that is accessible through a story book was something I found very creative and I eventually found myself wishing I was in the world myself. Not only did I fall in love with the extraordinary setting, but I felt as if I became best friends with the characters, especially Alex and Conner, two twins that are identical on the outside, but have completely different personalities. They definitely filled the novel with endless humor and many loving brother and sister scenes that I can somewhat relate to.
    I also fell in love with other characters in the book, too. There was Jack, who would do absolutely anything for the love of his life (Goldilocks), Froggy, a kind, helping, and humorous frog-man whose appearance was cursed by a powerful fairy, and all the fairy tale princesses, including Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty. There was also Little Red Riding Hood, with her self-centered personality that never failed to make me laugh, and her endless attempts to make Jack her husband.
    There were many scenes in this book that I enjoyed, but my favorite was one of the last scenes, when the twins hear the Evil Queen, Snow White’s evil stepmother, tell her side of the story, and why she did the things she did. It was interesting to understand that the Evil Queen had done all those things for love and to discover that “a villain is just a victim whose story hasn’t been told.”
    Although I absolutely fell in love with the Land of Stories, I found the beginning of the novel a bit boring. Luckily, I am patient when it comes to books, and kept reading, and I am so glad I did because it was definitely worth it. Once the twins entered the Land of Stories it became a book I just couldn’t put down. With it’s never-ending adventure, fun characters, and even some entertaining romance, the Land of Stories is a book I would recommend to anyone looking for a good book to read.

    23 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    YOU HAVE TO BUY IT

    This book will be sooo awesome when it comes out in stores. There is nothing you can't do Chris.

    23 out of 64 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Christopher Paul Colfer is literally the best.

    Christopher can do anything and everything. This book will
    be great.

    19 out of 56 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2012

    My 9 year old daughter LOVED it!!! Don't know who Chris Colfer i

    My 9 year old daughter LOVED it!!! Don't know who Chris Colfer is, never saw Glee but we are anxiously awaiting another book from him...great read!

    16 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    For kids and fairy tale lovers alike!

    Although this book is for young children, I enjoyed every minute of it! I love fairy tales is this book introduces the old, orignal Brothers Grimm and Han Christian Andersen stories to kids, not the ones they are used to today. Although I do love the Hollywood/Disney "fairy tales", I love the orignal ones too.

    I think this book is a great way to introduce children to these beloved fairy tales! I can't wait to buy a copy for my niece when she's a little older!

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    Simply amazing.

    The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell is quite the page turner. I really don't think it's only for children! I am sixteen and I enjoyed it. Great storyline. Superbly written. I highly recommend this book, it's a great read

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

    I was very pleased with this book. It was engaging, humorous and

    I was very pleased with this book. It was engaging, humorous and
    over-all a fun read! I really enjoyed the characters that Chris brought
    to life, I think each reader can relate to being a Conner or an Alex
    growing up, I started off as an Alex and than turned into a Conner :)
    For the people (adults) who are being overly harsh about this book you
    need to keep in mind it;s a CHILDREN'S book and it was written
    specifically for a younger age but I know many children who would enjoy
    as much as I did.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    While I enjoyed the book I found it to be over all average. At t

    While I enjoyed the book I found it to be over all average. At times I found the plot predictable and was able to figure several things quite quickly. I'm not saying it wasn't an enjoyable read, because it certainly was, but it wasn't phenomenal.

    7 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    amazing! Although the book is intended for young readers, i kno

    amazing!
    Although the book is intended for young readers, i know adults will love it too.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Magical!!

    Chris Colfer is one of my favorite actors so when I found out he wrote a book I had to read it. I also love fairy tales so reading a story about what comes after them is awesome with an amazing story to go along with it! I would reccomend this book to anyone looking for a great adventure story!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    breath taking

    breath taking

    6 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2012

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    A Magical Fairytale Brought to you by OBS reviewer Karolina Ava

    A Magical Fairytale

    Brought to you by OBS reviewer Karolina Avalon


    I’m going to start this review by saying one thing – I ‘m a huge Chris Colfer fan. I love almost everything the man does, and, along with thousands of others like me, I preordered this book at my earliest opportunity. However, once I received my copy, I was determined to read the book – and not let the name of the front of the book sway my impression of the story. I wanted to start with a relatively clean slate.

    And, let me tell you – the story is amazing. The premise is one that is known to fantasy fans. Kids fall into a world that they are unaware existed before, and need to find their way back home. What’s great about this, is that Mr Colfer gives credit where credit is due, and gives nods to not only the obvious Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm, but also C.S Lewis and even a small nod to Gregory Maguire. All of this is done really tastefully, and there is some wonderfully insightful meta about fairy tales made by Alex and Conner Bailey, and their teacher, Mrs Peters.

    Even with the nod to the classics, Mr Colfer manages to make the characters his own. The Evil Queen has some fantastic (and real) insight about people’s perceptions of others actions – and is a great example of that. The Evil Queen also has a really amazing back story. Goldilocks has to deal with the ramifications of her altercation with the 3 bears, while Sleeping Beauty faces the trials and tribulations of sleeping for 100 years. The Land of Stories world is a fantastic mix of Fantasy with Real Life problems.

    My absolutely favourite characters would have to be Goldilocks and The Evil Queen, who I’ve already mentioned, and Froggy (a frog man the twins meet on their journey and who tells them about the Wishing Spell that will get them home), the mermaids and Conner and Alex Bailey themselves. I could relate so much with Alex and Conner – remembered being both of them at one point in my life- and they are the smartest, sassiest and funniest protagonists I could wish for to take me through the Land of Stories. Honestly? The writing style facilitates this feeling too. As I was reading the book , it feels like Mr Colfer had grabbed my hand (as well as the twins’ ) and said “ Here, let me show you my world.”

    There are some twists of the story that I could guess almost immediately (and moments where I felt that a point was being repeated needlessly) , and then there were others that I couldn’t have picked in a million years. And, even with the twists that I had guessed – Mr Colfer managed to present it in a unique way that still had an element of surprise to it, and it was still a very enjoyable read. The illustrations by Brandon Doorman also is a wonderful facilitation into the journey of the Land of Stories (I was lucky enough to receive an American copy of The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell. Unfortunately, the map of the Land of Stories – which was created by Mr Colfer and drawn by Mr Doorman – is not in the Australian version of the book). This is a great kids’ book, or a great book for the people who are still kids at heart, and always wondered what happened after the fairytale ended.....

    For the FULL review and more visit openbooksociety dot com

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Excellent

    Just got it and started reading it and it's amazing so far - it can only get better!

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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