Land of Stories: Wishing Spell

By Chris Colfer

Published 2012

AR level: 5.0

AR points: 15.0

Word count: 98,248

WishingSpellI suggest 3rd through 7th grade.

If I could credit one book with giving my daughter the bug to read, it might be this one. Or perhaps, I’d just credit the whole series. This was the first BIG series that she undertook, and the assembly of fairy tales into an exciting novel was enough to hook her for the rest of the series.

Of course, I had to see what the fuss was all about. I knew Chris Colfer of Glee could sing, but children’s writing? That’s a special talent. What I found was a book that was funny, intense, and whimsical. Certainly worth a read for any youngster who loves a good round of Mother Goose!

Here’s the description from B&N:

Alex and Conner Bailey’s world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales.

The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.

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