Dive into book one of the best selling Fairy Tale Reform School series, from award-winning author Jen Calonita! What happens to the villains after happily ever after? 12 year old Gilly isn't so sure that she needs reforming for the (former) villains in Enchantasia…
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…just how good these bad guys really are?
The Fairy Tale Reform School series is perfect for:
Tweens and teens - 12 year old girls and 8th grade readers will love this fun, fast-paced series
Classrooms studying fractured and twisted fairy tales
Read-alongs between parents and kids
Engaging reluctant readers
Calonita (the Belles series) blithely samples from fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and folklore in this lighthearted first book in the Fairy Tale Reform School series. Gilly is the 12-year-old daughter of a poor cobbler who lives in a boot, and she has a habit of stealing to support her family. But Gilly's petty thefts result in her being shipped off to the Fairy Tale Reform School, founded by Cinderella's formerly wicked stepmother in an effort to eradicate evil from the kingdom of Enchantasia and "turn wicked delinquents and former villains into future heroes." The stakes are already high for Gilly while she's trapped at the FTRS, she's anxious about how her family will make ends meet before she becomes embroiled in a plot within the school, which may affect several of the reformed fairy-tale instructors. Recognizable fairy-tale characters abound (profiles of the school's instructors, like Xavier Wolfington, the wolf from Little Red Riding Hood, appear throughout), and questions of whether goodness or badness run to the core of a person leave readers with plenty to consider. Ages 10 12.
So this story is the cross between Harry Potter with the ever changing walls inside the school and Descendants with all the Fairy Tale characters. There’s also a glimmer of the Netflix’s show “The Worst Witch.” Overall, though, it’s a fun and interesting fairy tale adventure with the young heroine fighting evil despite her less than perfect ways and motives. She makes loyal friends along the way and makes a few enemies, too. So good that I have conjured up book 2!
Reluctant to willingly
At first I was reluctant to read this book. I didn’t want to get hooked on the series, but now I can’t wait to read Charmed. Although sometimes the language is difficult to understand and sometimes it is hard because the names are different from the actual names (Alva instead of Maleficent and Cleo instead of Ursula for example) the book is amazing! Can’t wait to read Charmed!