This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.
But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?
The School for Good & Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.
I think this is a great novel to get younger readers to start making predicitions on what they believe will happen next in the story. It will draw kids in and although it has many twists and turns to the story they aren't entirely a surprise if you can see the clues in the story.
I really liked the messages throughout the novel. That going good deeds for your own gain is not truly doing a good deed. And that what is beautiful is not always good and pure, and what is ugly is not always evil. You have to look closer at people to see their hearts and souls.
I also thought the themes of friendship were great. The entire novel was fantastic and I could not put it down or wait to dive into the next installment in the series. It may be a little bit more mature than the Ever After High series, it's more serious and less humorous, so know your reader!
" 'Beauty can only fight the truth so long, Agatha.' All these years she had believed she was what she looked like. An unlovable, dark-hearted witch. But in the halls, she had believed something different. For a moment, she had unchained her heart and let light rush in." p 381
" 'LOOK AT HER!' The echo blasted across the lake. Agatha went white. 'SHE'S A WITCH! Sophie screamed. Slowly Tedros turned, his eyes cutting through her. 'Look closer.' " p 408