The first book in Chris Colfer's #1 New York Times bestselling series The Land of Stories about two siblings who fall into a fairy-tale world!
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.
It's hard not to love a book dedicated to the Glee star's grandmother, who gave him this early advice: "Christopher, I think you should wait until you're done with elementary school before worrying about being a failed writer." In this entertaining if a bit overlong first novel, 12-year-old twins Alex (a girl) and Conner fall into their grandmother's cherished book of stories and arrive in fairy tale land. The only way to get home is a convoluted scavenger hunt that requires them to collect eight tokens from various fairy tales Cinderella's glass slipper, a lock of Rapunzel's hair, etc. The ending is never in doubt, but it's a difficult journey as the twins meet the Big Bad Wolf Pack, are enslaved by trolls, and kidnapped by Snow White's evil stepmother. Colfer gets off many good lines Conner's dialogue especially sounds like quips Kurt Hummel might make, as when the twins swim across an icy moat: "Wooo! It's so cold, I think we may be twin sisters now." The nifty ending ties the plot's multiple strands up while leaving room for further fairy tale adventures. Ages 8 up.
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Very well written - a new take on fairy tales
I'm impressed! Along with all his other talents, Mr. Colfer is an excellent writer. His style is easy to read and pulls the reader along, but the vocabulary and complexity of his writing lend a welcome depth to the story. I can't wait to read the rest.
Ah! Yes. Perfect.
When my librarian recommended this book for me I was hesitant. I didn’t know if it would be the “classic spin on fairy tales”. OH BOY WAS I WRONG! OH BOY WAS I WRONG! The whole series is great. The characters are unique and you end up rooting for each and everyone of them. The plot twists are carefully crafted and were put in the right place. Although their were a lot of characters, you still knew all of them. I loved it so much I read the first and second book again (had to let other students read it) My favorites were the second, third, and sixth. I hope their is a movie.