Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School Series #1)

Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School Series #1)

by Jen Calonita


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Would you send a villain to do a hero's job?

Flunked is an exciting new twisted fairy tale from the award-winning author of the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series. "Charming fairy-tale fun." -Sarah Mlynowski, author of the New York Times bestselling Whatever After series.

Gilly wouldn't call herself wicked, exactly...but when you have five little brothers and sisters and live in a run-down boot, you have to get creative to make ends meet. Gilly's a pretty good thief (if she does say so herself).

Until she gets caught.

Gilly's sentenced to three months at Fairy Tale Reform School where all of the teachers are former (super-scary) villains like the Big Bad Wolf, the Evil Queen, and Cinderella's Wicked Stepmother. Harsh. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla, she learns there's more to this school than its heroic mission. There's a battle brewing and Gilly has to wonder: can a villain really change?

"Fairy Tale Reform School is spellbinding and wickedly clever. Gilly is smart, spunky, and a hilarious narrator, and I cannot wait to read about her next adventure!" -Leslie Margolis, author of the Annabelle Unleashed novels and the Maggie Brooklyn mysteries

"Fairy Tale Reform School is a fresh and funny take on the enchanted world. (And who hasn't always wanted to know what happened to Cinderella's stepmother?)" -Julia DeVillers, author of the Trading Faces identical twin series and Emma Emmets, Playground Matchmaker

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492601562
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Series: Fairy Tale Reform School Series , #1
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 256,439
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

About the Author

JEN CALONITA has interviewed everyone from Reese Witherspoon to Justin Timberlake, but the only person she's ever wanted to trade places with is Disney's Cinderella. She's the award-winning author of the My Secrets of My Hollywood Life series. Jen lives in Merrick, New York with her husband, two sons, and their Chihuahua, Captain Jack Sparrow. Visit jencalonitaonline.com for more.

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Happily Ever After Scrolls

Brought to you by FairyWeb-magically appearing on scrolls throughout Enchantasia for the past ten years!

Fairy Tale Reform School Celebrates Its Fifth Anniversary!

by Beatrice Beez

Poison apples, the sleeping curse, becoming a wolf's supper-five years ago, the citizens of Enchantasia quaked in fear at such evildoing. Well, no more! Thanks to one formerly despised villain, wickedness and criminal behavior are being wiped off the map.

"In the days following Cinderella's wedding, no one would even sell me a loaf of bread," says Flora, the princess's stepmother. Yes, that Flora. The one and only stepmonster who used Cinderella as unpaid help and tried to trick the prince into marrying one of her other daughters.

After Cinderella's misfortune became public, Flora was mortified. "I did some wicked things after Cinderella's-pardon me, Princess Ella's-father died," says Flora. "I was a terrible example for my two daughters. If we wanted to show our faces in Enchantasia again, I knew we had to change-especially me. From that revelation, FTRS was born."

Fairy Tale Reform School is the education program for the wicked and criminally mischievous that Flora created. It has won praise from Princess Ella herself for its success in turning villains into productive members of society. "Flora's transformation is astonishing," Princess Ella told Happily Ever After Scrolls exclusively. "I look forward to seeing their good works continue."

The school's roster of former students turned teachers is huge! There's the Wolf (the esteemed Professor Xavier Wolfington teaches history), the Sea Witch (Madame Cleo is FTRS's etiquette expert) and the Evil Queen (Professor Harlow teaches psychology and runs group therapy sessions).

"Thanks to our teachings, crime in Enchantasia has dropped to an all-time low," Flora says proudly. Since it opened, FTRS has welcomed more than five hundred gnomes, trolls, dwarfs, elves, mer-folk, and other fairy-tale students into its dormitories for grades six through twelve at its campus on the outskirts of Enchantasia near the Hollow Woods.

To celebrate FTRS's fifth anniversary, profiles of FTRS's teachers will be magically popping up on Happily Ever After Scrolls in the coming weeks. Check your scrolls often for more coverage!

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Flunked 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very entertaining with some unexpected twists. I cant wait for the next book. Age level 8-15
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Exited for the sequal :)
TheBumbleGirl1 More than 1 year ago
Amusing, witty and full of magic - FLUNKED has a wonderful assortment of fairytales and their characters, most notably, their villains. A wonderful book that will make you think about what defines the good from the bad, giving second chances and who your true friends are. Gilly is a 12 year old who has developed a Robin Hood complex due to her father's dying shoemaking business. She steals from the nobles in order to help put food in her siblings bellies and smiles on their faces. One of six siblings who live in a shoe, Gilly has brought it onto herself to take the risks to do what she can. She knows that if she is caught she will be sent to Fairytale Reform School and her siblings will suffer.  When Gilly pulls off her biggest heist to date, she is completely unaware of the trail she leaves behind until she is caught. Having to see the disappointment on her families faces is hard, but being sent away to school is even worse. Who will help and look after her siblings.  Fairytale Reform School was founded by the reformed "Wicked Stepmother", Flora. After realizing how badly she mistreated Ella, Flora decided to change her ways and what better way to complete the process than to extend a hand to others who have done wrong and help them find a way to better themselves. After reforming these "villains", she recruited them to do something worthy with themselves within society and asked them to join her faculty at the school. A few of these memorable characters are - the Werewolf that ate Little Red's grandmother, the Sea Witch and the Evil Queen, who is still obsessed with apples.    The school itself resembles a castle - with ornate rooms and furniture, and nothing is lacking. Gilly's classes and meals are better than anything else she's ever had in her life. She feels guilty for not being able to take care of her siblings, but also, for living better than them too.  However, strange things have been happening at the school. Unexplained disappearances and teachers and students acting differently... something is happening. And Gilly and her friends are going to find out what it is. What I love most about this book is Gilly's personality, she is very strong-minded and not only sticks up for what she believes in but for others too. She won't tolerate any type of bullying towards anyone and is very loyal to what and who she believes in. Gilly is definitely someone you can count on. Her new friends all fit an important role in her life and situation. There is a little magic here and there, but by all means, this is no fairytale where magic fixes everything and things are swept away with a swish of a wand. Everyone has to work hard and your best is always expected. The story is wonderfully written and told strictly from Gilly's point of view, primarily through conversations and her thoughts. We see and know precisely what Gilly does without unnecessary details, which is exactly what my boys enjoy.  Fun, sassy and bold - we cannot wait to read the next book in this series! One of the best middle grade books of this year! *I received an eARC from the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. 
Reddjena More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** Such a fun read! I devoured this one quickly and want the second one to come out much sooner than is planned :( I think this is what would've happened if Harry Potter's world was based on fairy tales. There's a crazy plot, steadfast friendships, and plenty of classes to attend. Here's what you need to know! Pros: Main character is NOT a well-known fairy tale character, which means she has lots of room for personality Quick, easy reading Twist ending matched the narrative without feeling out-of-place All the villains had ACTUAL names Thieving skills being put to practical uses (w/ good explanations) Cons: Jocelyn was a static character How can a prince be undercover w/o any of the main royals knowing about his existence? Fairy's weird turn at the end My favorite reformed villain-turned-teacher would be the Sea Siren from Little Mermaid. Her and her classroom were very amusing. I look forward to more from this author and especially from these characters!
JillJemmett 6 months ago
I love fairy tale retellings! There are so many great middle grade series about fairy tales these days. After reading Misfits, which is set in the same world as this series, I wanted to check out Jen Calonita’s other fairy tale books. In this book, Gillian, a cobbler’s daughter, is sent to the Fairy Tale Reform School after being caught stealing. The school is meant to reform kids in the fairy tale school. It is run by Flora, who was Cinderella’s stepmother. The teachers are reformed villains, such as the Big Bad Wolf, the Sea Witch, and the Evil Queen. This story was very fast paced. There was lots happening in the story. Since there were so many villains, it was hard to know who to trust. It made the story more exciting, because it was unpredictable. I really enjoyed this story! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!
Anonymous 10 months ago
This story is awesome because it hooks kids into wanting to read it. The storyline is very intriguing since it is about magic. Loved this story and i rate it 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a grandmother, I try to read the books before giving them to my grandchildren. This series is an awesome find. Clever take on familiar fairy tales. Definitely a great gift for my granddaughters, ages 10 - 13. Writing was fitting with age group and problem solving plots get and A plus.
Dizneyfreek More than 1 year ago
AWFUL! Don't bother with this one! It makes no sense and I dumped it after a couple chapters. Thank goodness the ebook was free!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paranormal_Sisters More than 1 year ago
*Was given a copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review* It actually took me a couple of chapters to get into it for some reason. I don't know why. In the beginning we see that Gilly steals things from royals so she can help provide for her family and thinks she's doing this for good reasons. But then she gets caught for the third time and gets sent to the reform school. At first she hates it and sees Flora up to no good- can the Evil Stepmother truly be good now? So she hopes to find something worth as blackmail to get out of there. Instead she stumbles upon something bigger and needs to be a hero her friends need. Flunked is a light, fun, and charming story. I was breezing through it and sometimes I was even sitting on the edge of my seat. I absolutely love the school building! The inside is constantly changing, the halls are moving and I truly loved this element, I think this was my favorite part of the book! I also enjoyed the classes that she went to but I was hoping for more magical classes. The classes we saw were a bit boring but I understand why she needs those lessons. I was just expecting more. Also, I felt like this story was moving fast. Like, she's there one day and the next she's completely comfortable there. That just seems odd. Maybe it was just because I was flowing through it so quickly. It is an easy read after all. Sometimes things were moving seriously fast that I didn't feel any connection to any of the characters. I feel like we learn only little bits of them, just things you can see with your eyes. And I understand why we didn't see much of Gilly's roomie, I saw that coming a mile away. Overall, I enjoyed it though I think I was hoping for more magic. I don't know, there was magic but I thought maybe Gilly would be learning it and she does but we don't get to see it. Hopefully in the next book. And the little twist at the end was great but I felt like it was too easy for them to defeat the bad guy. But we do know they'll be back, so we'll see how things go down in the next one, Charmed.
Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
A school meant to reform villains has got to be one of the best ideas ever! Aside from my love of reading retellings of fairy tales, it is what drew me to this book. I mean, who doesn’t want to read a book about the better known villains and possible up and coming villains going to school to learn how to reform their evil ways? This story takes place in Enchantasia and is ruled by the four Princesses – Rose, Snow, Rapunzel, and Ella. Though their names may confuse you a bit they are better known as Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Rapunzel (I guess Calonita didn’t feel like renaming her) and Cinderella. The four rule the kingdom of Enchantasia in harmony. However, not everyone is happy with how they do things. Especially those who are not of royal blood. This brings us to our main character – Gillian Cobbler. Gilly is the daughter of the cobbler and lives in a worn down shoe with her parents and 5 brothers and sisters. There is little to no room in the shoe and there is definitely not enough food to go around, especially since the Princesses have decided that the Fairy Godmother can make all the glass slippers for the kingdom. With the lack of money and the desire to help her family at all costs Gilly steals so that she can help provide the things that her brother and sisters need to survive. Unfortunately for Gilly, while she is off stealing food and a present to give her sister on her birthday, she gets caught. Being her third offense she is then sent to Fairy Tale Reform School (FTRS) and is to remain there until she can correct her evil ways and follow good. The Fairy Tale Reform School was created by Flora, Ella’s evil Step Mother. Reportedly Flora saw the evil of her ways and wanted to help other villains find their way to good instead of evil. There are some well known faces amongst the teachers at FTRS. There is Professor Harlow (the Evil Queen), Professor Wolfington (the wolf from Little Red Riding Hood), and Madame Cleo (the Sea Siren/Witch from Little Mermaid). These ex villains have found it in their hearts help others find good in the world like they have. Or have they? Some thing seems a little off at the school and Gilly plans to figure out what it is. She has to do this while keeping her head down and being on her best behavior, even if she doesn’t feel like it so that she can get out and get back to her thieving ways. Her family is counting on her after all. This story was brilliantly crafted. Jen Calonita must have really stretched her imagination and creativity bone out to be able to come up with this world. There are so many different fairy tales and aspects of fairy tales throughout the story that it is impossible to name every one of them. It is quite a complex world when it comes to a middle grade book. That is not to say that there weren’t some rough spots in the story. There were a few times I found myself wondering “how did that person get there?” or “who is that character again?”This is a problem which ultimately I had to lower my rating of the book for. The idea behind the story was top notch in my opinion, but sadly there were a few execution issues. Find the rest of my review here: http://readingwithcupcakes.blogspot.com/
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
I was really excited to read this book. I love fairy tale re-imaginings like the TV show Once Upon a Time. In this book, Gilly, one of the children who lives in a shoe, is sent to reform school after stealing from the royals three times. The school is run by Flora, the wicked step-mother of Ella (Cinderella). Other reformed villains teach at the school. The idea is creative and fun. Unfortunately, I was very distracted by all of the similarities to the Harry Potter books, especially The Sorcerer's Stone. No author should ever try to match J.K. Rowling. It's impossible to reach that high standard. The world Jen Calonita creates is interesting, the friendships were cute, and the adventure was pretty fun, but I just didn't really get into this book all that much. Luckily it was a quick read. Maybe kids would enjoy it more than I did. It does set up well for a full series, but I won't be reading any additional books. http://momsradius.blogspot.com/2015/07/book-review-flunked-mg.html
Berls More than 1 year ago
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 3.5 stars. I remember when I broke my oath to stay away from NetGalley for a while to pick up Flunked. I saw it on Michelle's Sunday Post and I had to have it - I mean, look at that cover! Although I did enjoy it, I'm afraid I didn't love Flunked like I thought I would. I think the principal reason I didn't love it was that I was the wrong audience. I think I went into expecting a YA and I got a Middle Grade. I think it's probably entirely my fault - looking at the details now, I realize it wasn't marketed as a YA. I should have paid more attention. But, it's not like being an MG is a deal breaker. Harry Potter started off MG (I feel it grew into YA), and I ate that up (still do). Flunked actually had several similarities to Harry Potter, particularly in the Howards-esque Fairy tale Reform School and the brave students/troublemakers. I enjoyed these elements, because - while they felt familiar - they still bore their own unique stamps. I liked the characters and the concept - take the villains of fairy tales and show them on the course to redemption, while they teach youngsters who are in danger of becoming villains on their own to pick a better course. And Flunked had several messages about how to make good decisions, despite disappointments, disadvantages, and setbacks. Flunked was entertaining and I'm thinking it might be a great book to make available to my 5th graders. I just would have preferred the YA version for myself, I think.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, worth the effort
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
This is a fun read packed with a little bit of snarkiness, a good dose of mischief, danger, secret agendas, attitude, magic, quirkiness and tons of references to popular fairy tales along the way. In other words, it a book with punch. The main heroine, Gilly, is one of many siblings living in the shoe maker's shoe. Since Cinderella let the Fairy Godmother simply magic up all future glass slippers instead of ordering them from the shoe maker, Gilly's family is poor and barely making it by. Gilly loves her family and helps them the only way she can: she steals from the rich to buy food for her brothers and sisters. Gilly gets caught and ends up in reform school, where Cinderella's step-mother, in attempts to redeem herself, teaches potentially 'gone astray' kids how to become heroes and heroines. Gilly is quite the character. She's a thief, she's got attitude and she has a mouth. She isn't evil—her heart is in the right place—but she's everything but sweet. But then, nobody at reform school is extremely lovable. These flawed characters are exactly what tweens will love. This borders right along the line between childish fun and teenage drama, causing an exciting and quirky mix. Plus, there's action. Tons of it. With many of the 'evil' characters from fairy tales running this school, it's hard to know which ones are honestly trying to reform and which ones are acting. It makes it impossible to guess who the real bad guy is or where the danger is coming from, when the plot starts to thicken. Even Gilly's friends crowd the gray-zone, all bordering on becoming villains themselves. Fans of fairy tales and magic battles will love this one, especially those ages 12 to 16. It's light on the emotional end, keeping focus on the fast paced plot, and holds many problems this age group will understand and identify with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flunked shows that the bad choices that you make in life don't always work the way you want them to. If you suspence and action then you should read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun book for middle school readers.
book4children More than 1 year ago
This is a fun, quick read that tweens will like. When Gillian gets caught stealing, she is sentenced to time in the Fairy Tale Reform School. The school is run by ex-villains who are trying to change the troubled youth placed in their care. It isn't long before Gillian figures out that something fishy is going on at the school and it might not be as safe as it first appeared. While I liked some of this author's other novels better, this book was a fun, lighthearted adventure that was enjoyable to read. The action scenes were quick and didn't get too tense. The general feel of the book was upbeat and fun. The only romance is Gillian noticing the vibrant color of a boy's eyes. It's a squeaky clean magical tale appropriate for kids ages 10 and up. Content: clean Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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gaele More than 1 year ago
Oh this was fun – a twisted fairy tale mash up with villains that are not so villainous, and a plot to overthrow the  “princesses gone wrong”.  A fun romp through some of the secondary characters as they repent and plot in this  lovely story.  A bit uncomplicated, there are twists and turns, but none are quite as multi-layered as they could have been.   Gilly is a child that lived in the shoe: after stealing to earn money (yes, the cupboards were bare) she is sent to  reform school.  Here we meet the teachers of Enchantasia: the reformed villains of the tales, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother as  headmistress being one of the bigger names.  Narrated in 12 year old Gilly’s voice, her descriptions are just what could be expected: a bit older than her years at some times, and then completely and utterly twelve in  others. These are young teens and tweens, and often their decisions and insight reflect that fact, feeling wholly appropriate and just plain old fun.  While there is a plot afoot, truly this story is about Gilly: repenting for her bad (or are they really) ways and learning to work with her new friends, as she learns who she is, and how she relates to the world around her.   Plenty of twists and turns keep the story intriguing, with secondary characters that are engaging and fun, if lacking a bit in development.  This story is fun, and doesn’t take itself too seriously even as the issues that Gilly  faces are often important ones. I’m hoping this is the first in a series of stories, so we can see more of the world  through other characters’ eyes.   Perfect for the 11 – 15 year old readers who want a fast-paced light read with a touch of mystery and plenty of  moments to laugh.  I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never read this book before but i f looks awsome
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Flunked takes us on a not so typical fairy tale adventure. Flora is one of the children that live in the shoe. The fairy princesses in charge have enacted a magical shoe production, a production that has devastated Flora’s family financially. To make ends meet, Flora has taken to a not so legal means to earning money…she is stealing. Because of her indiscretions she is sent to Fairy Tale Reform School. Fairy Tale reform school is filled with the misfits, the students, and “reformed” villains, the teachers, of Enchantasia. Flora and her group of new found friends uncover a plot to over through the princesses with the Reform School playing a key role in the evil revolution. Twisted tales have become very popular of late in both adult and children literature. Flunked is Jen Calonita’s imaginative take on this new teen and tween storyline. In her telling, Calonita uses reformed villains to pull the “at risk of becoming villain” children back into their societies norms. She also uses the not so hero/heroine characters as the only hope to save Enchantasia. The story is absolutely based for a younger audience. I found it enjoyable but written with the young at heart, with their decision making and actions fitting their ages. It had plenty of action and twists that also opens a lot of directions for further installments in this series. For me, I found it to be a little to uncomplicated for 5 stars but I’m sure this will be a huge hit with the tween crowd.