The School for Good and Evil (B&N Exclusive Edition) (The School for Good and Evil Series #1)

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Forget what you know about fairy tales and step into the School for Good and Evil. This B&N exclusive collector’s edition of the first book in the series includes a special introduction from the author, two never-before-published Evil fairy tales, and more!

Two best friends have been chosen to be students at the fabled School for Good and Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy-tale heroes and villains. One will train for Good, one will become Evil’s new hope. Each thinks they know where they belong, but when they are swept into the Endless Woods, they’re switched into the opposite schools. Together they’ll discover who they really are and what they are capable of, because the only way out of a fairy tale . . . is to live through it.

This first book in Soman Chainani’s New York Times bestselling series is just the beginning, and this B&N exclusive collector’s edition includes a special introduction from the author, two brand-new Evil fairy tales available only in this edition—“Children Noodle Soup” and “Rabid Bear Rex”—and more!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062871763
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Series: School for Good and Evil Series , #1
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 41,819
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Soman Chainani believes in fairy tales wholeheartedly. When studying at Harvard, he practically created his own fairy-tale major. He is an acclaimed screenwriter and a graduate of the MFA Film Directing Program at Columbia University. His films have played at more than 150 film festivals around the world, and his writing awards include an honor from the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference. He lives in New York City. You can visit him online at

Iacopo Bruno is a graphic designer and illustrator. He is also the illustrator of the acclaimed books Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France and Anything But Ordinary Addie, both by Mara Rockliff. He lives and works in Milan, Italy, with his wife, Francesca. Learn more about Iacopo at and

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The School for Good and Evil 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 377 reviews.
Amabe421 More than 1 year ago
This book was so fun!! I got completely lost in it and couldn't seem to get enough. The characters, the story, everything just came together so well! I was lost in the magic and the fairy tale world. I was excited to know what their story would be. What a cool premise!! This book was pure excitement for me. I haven't felt so lost in a world since reading Harry Potter. This was a fantastic start to what is sure to be a series people will fall in love with! Sophie has wanted to be a princess her whole life. She has prepared for it. She is a firm believer of the rumor that each year two children are taken, one for good, and one for evil. When she gets taken and ends up in the school for evil she thinks there had to have been a mix up. Of course we soon learn that she is not really good and pure. She is in fact selfish, self centered, and not really very nice at all. The thing is, she really thinks that she is. She was a hard character to like personality wise, but I absolutely loved her. She made the story amazing! Agatha who is boring, drab, and not pretty should have been in the school of evil right? Not a chance. She doesn't fit in with the gorgeous, well mannered princess girls, but her inner good is what makes her beautiful. It's clear from the very beginning that she is right where she belongs in the school for good. I loved that she was always so willing to help people, especially Sophie. Sophie was so mean and insulting to her, but she cares about her. She will always be there for her friend. I really loved Agatha! She was the root of the story for me. There is of course romance. What kind of fairy tale would it be without one? I would like to say that I liked the love interest, but he was a bit of a shallow jerk at times. I did like him, but I thought that he could have been a little nicer. He has his issues though, so I can see where that stems from. I thought the way the romance was done was absolutely brilliant. I won't really go into it more than that, but it was really great!! This book was amazing story wise, but what made it even more fabulous was listening to the audio. The narrator captured the characters and the story so well. I was enchanted by the story telling and could not have asked for a better narrator for this particular book. I loved this book, but the audio was the icing on the cake! Full of action and adventure, this is a must read book. I enjoyed every single second of it. Filled with great characters, and a fantastic setting, this is sure to please! There is a bit of a cliffhanger ending, but it's not so much you want to tear your hair out. I can't wait to see where the story goes next. If you are looking for a great audio, this is one you will want to get, but the physical copy is full of beautiful illustrations also that really enhance the enjoyment. I would recommend this book to anyone!! *A copy of this was provided by the publisher for an honest review *Actual rating on on my blog is 4.5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry guys, but... Stop the role plays please! (Not just warrior ones). I want to see reviews! I loved this book, and i wanted to see what other people thought about it... Not rps. O_O Click yes if you agree with me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great. It's a super smart take on fairy tales. Instead of the same old, tired retelling with the same characters, this book creates a whole new world and a lot of great new characters. The story is pretty simple -- a princess and a witch in different schools, but the book twists and turns in a way that makes it impossible to predict what happens next. It has the magic and scares you expect from a book with a title like 'The School for Good and Evil', but there's also a lot of really funny humor to it. The book never really reads like a kid's book, which is great. I think it has high potential to be the book of the Summer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical this book might be a little too kiddie even for me, but I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed reading every page and that is really all I could ask for. Feels like a classic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the first of a trillogy. Captivating read. Was sad to finish it, but looking forward to the next two installments to see how it ends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 13, so I guess I'm a little old for this book, but I loved it. I have always enjoyed fairytales, and this added a great new spin. Also, just saying, the kiss at the end is not romantic. They are young girls and very close. Come on, her best friend was dying! Also, they clearly state it. A princess and a witch, friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To all the people mad about the final kiss, it wasnt a romantic kiss. They're best friends! If your best friend was about to die & the only way to save them was to kiss, wouldnt you do it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolute genius. 
ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
The School for Good and Evil is a clever, fun read that explores the human heart and what it means to be good and evil. Agatha is a recluse, she isn't pretty, and her only company is a black cat named Reaper. Sophie spends hours on beauty care, she dresses like a princess, and she believes in fairy tales. Everyone thinks that Agatha will be sent to the School for Evil, and Sophie knows that she'll be sent to the School for Good. Realist, mistrustful Agatha could never fit in with the gorgeous princesses, and how would naïve, wanna-be-princess Sophie survive among evil witches? That's all if you look at the surface, however. Despite her gruff ways, Agatha is kind and caring. She considers Sophie her best friend and looks after her in spite of all the mean things Sophie can say. In comparison, Sophie is selfish, greedy, and as we learn, has a vindictive side to her. Personality-wise, it's so easy to love Agatha. She's down to earth and isn't the kind of girl to wait for Prince Charming to come save her. In fact, she's the kind of girl who'll step in to save him if it looks like he can't help himself. She also isn't afraid to speak her mind, and I just love her dry sense of humor and the sensation she makes at the School for Good. (Not in a positive way, but amusing all the same.) It's harder to like Sophie, the spoiled brat that she is. And yet, I grew to love her character and what it adds to the story. Agatha is good and kind from the start. It's Sophie that needed to grow, and in spite of the things she ends up doing, she's the one that really made me question the meaning of good and evil. Even if this is a fairy tale about two girls, there has to be romance to make the story complete. I adore how the romance is handled. He can be a jerk at times, and like Agatha I didn't know what Sophie saw in him at first. In time, however, more about him is revealed, and I could see the good in him. It was fun learning who is who's true love. This story isn't afraid to make fun of its characters and where they're all coming from. More than that, I love how it pushes the boundaries of good and evil and how it shows us that we can all be more than what people expect of us. And that girls don't necessarily need a prince to make them a princess. It's been a while since I've read such a fun story about princes and princesses. This is a fairy-tale story that readers of all ages will enjoy. While this is a book that can stand on its own, I am glad that there is a trilogy in the making and can't wait to read the next installment! More news! Roth Films has partnered with Jane Startz Productions to acquire the movie rights to The School for Good and Evil. Chainani and Hook scribe Malia Scotch Marmo are to write the screenplay. When I was reading this book, I was thinking about how fun it'd be to see it on the screen, so I'm thrilled that it's actually going to happen!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i think this will be a great girls book because it has everything a girl could dream of!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read alot of awesome books. But this one, by far, is the best ever! I loved the plot twists especially the major one. Unless you read the summary, who would have thought that would happen? Seriously! I hope that this author writes a sequel because this book is awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is a work of art. Not a fingerpainting or a second graders picture but a master piece!!! it was so sweet and had lots of action. I love this book and problby will read it 3 or 4 times! Worth every penny! READ IT!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it's an awesome book[and i'd put ten exclamation points but I can't find the exclamation point on the keyboard]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome!I don't have it on my nook,I have the real book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a great twist on the fairy tale world. I can totally see this as a cartoon movie one day. But I doubt they will turn it into one, though they totally should!!!!! If your a Grimm lover or fairy tale fanatic this is a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the thought of Sophie x Agatha romance. We should be a more open minded society nowadays. So if the final kiss bothered you that is your problem. The book was genius anyway. I support Sophie amd Agatha. There is a lot to hint at it. Agatha gies on how she doesnt like boys, Sophie wants to dance with her snd the kiss.
WordsOfLife More than 1 year ago
I was truly amazed by this book.... But may I first say that this is more of a teen book despite the fact it says ages 8-12, because if my sibling was a year older I would forbid them to read it.. The School For Good And Evil is absolutely outrageously epic for a twisted fairy tale. The ending does indeed have a heart ripping cliff hanger though which answers questions but leaves us all still wondering "What the Heck just Happened" and "Why must it end already!" Also, Anyways the cover seems a bit girly, this book would also have the same effect on guys. You MUST read this book if you want to be Amazed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A one of a kind book were you cant seem to turn yourself away from it. I had to stop my self from reading it to much so i cqn prolong the experince.
Awesomeness2 More than 1 year ago
jstarbar More than 1 year ago
A brilliant book. It has everything-- pathos, adventure, romance and two lead characters who readers will love. Sophie and Agatha break the mold and are original, spirited heroines for our time. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the reviews first, and was delighted to find many readers shared the same sentiments as I do when it comes to books like this. I must say, everyone, including myself, are thankful for not passing it up. The characters are not simply cookie cutter, stereotypical, good versus evil - they have depth. That includes the "good girl" Sophia who wants to be a princess. Both hers and her friend's (Agatha) transformations throughout the book are remarkable. The basis is every few years "good" children and "bad" children are whisked away to a private school where they are to be trained in their respective fields. The more successful will be villains/heroes /princess, while the others will be sidekicks or henchmen. The best receive their own fairytale - which is where all the stories we know come from. Agatha wants nothing more than to go home, and it's the friendship between her and Sophie that is what drives her and their dramatic adventure. I also think that the character of Agatha is important to young girls when it comes to how one looks and stereotyping. By the end of the book, you'll understand what I mean, but I will say she stops listening to everything she has been told, and finally sees herself as the amazing young girl she really is. Such a great story, I blew through it in no time. Great for anyone, despite being made for a younger audience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book i have ever read. If anyone loves total suspense and shocking fictionthis book is definetley for you. I was on edge the whole time i was reading this trying to guess what would happen next but instead was shocked again. LOVED IT. Get this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a WONDERFUL book! At times it had you lauging and cring and had you curious about what was going to happen next the whole time!