Friday, December 21, 2012

CHAPTER BOOK: The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

Alex and Conner are having a rough season of life. Their father has died. They had to leave their nice home and move into a smaller one they could afford on just their mother's salary. Their mom is working double shifts just to make ends meet. While Alex excels at school, her brother Conner can barely stay awake, much less stay out of trouble. Then, the twins fall into an old book of fairy tales, and they discover their troubles are just starting. They will have to stay ahead of an evil queen and a pack of vicious wolves while trying to gather some of the most precious items from all their favorite stories in order to wish their way back home.

This was a fun fairy tale story. There was a lot in the story about the relationship between the twins. Conner was probably my favorite character. While Alex would get lost in the romanticism of being in the fairy tale world, Conner would often save the day with a hilarious, unexpected response. There were times the writing became a distraction from the story, but I'm not sure my students would notice it as much as I did. While it is a long book (438 pages), there's plenty of adventure to keep readers turning pages. There are a few swear words in the book, but in general the story is appropriate for 4th grade and higher.

4 out of 5 stars
AR Reading level of 5.0

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