Back to School Week: The School For Good and Evil
Title: The School For Good and Evil (The School For Good and Evil #1)
Author: Soman Chainani
Published: May 14, 2013
Hardcover, 488 pages
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…?
Whenever there is a map at the beginning of the book I get a little excited. Mostly it's because I know I'm about to go on an adventure. That's exactly what this book is: an adventure. The School for Good and Evil is an epic story about two girls who are friends that happen to end up at what they think is the wrong school. You see for years a shadow comes every year to their town and picks up two children: one good and one evil. They are then taken to a special school where they are either trained to be a villain or a hero or princess. Sophie was born to be a princess or at least she thinks she is. While most children are desperately afraid of the shadow, she longs for it to take her away. Agatha is fine living in the shadows. She doesn't really believe that there is a shadow taking kids away. Agatha and Sophie have a unique friendship. They're opposites, but they find solace in one another.
Sophie's dreams come true when she is plucked by the shadow. Agatha watches as her friend is taken, but won't let her go without a fight. The shadow takes Agatha as well. But this is where the story gets interesting. Agatha is placed in the School for Good while Sophie is placed in the School for Evil. Everyone including them is sure a huge mistake has been made. Everyone except for the School Master. Little do the girls know their story has already begun.
This is definitely an adventure! Sophie and Agatha are great characters. They represent so many themes and stereotypes that are in today's culture. But there is also love and redemption in their characters. I am so glad there is going to be a sequel to this book. Not only did the author leave us with a cliffhanger, but I just couldn't get enough of this story. So much happened in this book. The quest that both girls are on is very similar to the quest most kids are on today. This book is easy to read and very entertaining. It has some underlying darkness to it, but it's not any worse than most fantasy books for kids. I highly recommend this book to kids as well as adults.