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The Wishing Spell
The Land of Stories – Book I
Chris Colfer

Atom (Little, Brown)
17 July 2012 / ISBN-13: 9781907411762
Tweenage and up
Amazon UK

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde

Twelve-year-old twins Alex and Connor Bailey are nothing alike: she loves fairy stories and excels at her school work while her brother is a born pragmatist and finds school a struggle. Since their father's sudden death,life has taken a turn for the worse, but then it takes a turn for the stranger when the old fairy tale book their grandmother has given them begins to hum. Something is going on, could it be a portal to another world?

Fairy tales are hot right now, and if you too are a fan of this new trend then you ought to enjoy this one. You don't even need to be a tweenager; I am an adult and had a ball reading it. The twins have to go on a scavenger hunt to collect items for a spell to send them home through a fantasy land made up of several kingdoms. Chased by the evil queen, helped by a rather human frog and meeting up with many familiar (through stories) characters this is a fun tale. Out of school Alex's academic skills are of less use than Connor's down-to-earth realism, so it is good to see how different talents come to the fore in different situations. It even manages to be rather witty, as we get to see what happens to the characters after the tales are over and Connor usually has a droll quip to lighten any moment. There is more mileage to all this than is contained in one book so I do hope that this is indeed the start to a new series. Lots of fun for quite a wide variety of readers.

Reviews of other titles in the The Land of Stories Series

The Wishing Spell #1
Beyond the Kindom #4
The Curvy Tree #5
The Mother Goose Diaries & Queen Red Riding Hood's Guide to Royalty (box set) #6 & #7


Reviewed 2012