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CHARMED (Fairy Tale Reform School, Book 2)

Author: Jen Calonita

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Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2016

Material: hard cover

Summary: When we last saw our favorite pickpocket Gillian Cobbler, she was being lauded as a hero, for saving FTRS and all of Enchantasia. Authorities arrested Jocyln's mother, the Even Queen, but Alva — Sleeping Beauty's dreamcaster and Public Enemy #1 — got away. She didn't stay away for long! She came back to FTRS to break Professor Harlow out of jail and start a new reign of terror against the Princesses. Time for Gilly to figure out what's going on. Even though success was a team effort, Gilly convinced herself that she could do this on her own. Even if it meant doing the unthinkable: join Princess Rose's Royal Ladies-in-Waiting. What better way to protect Enchantasia than to be closer to Princess Rose (Sleeping Beauty)? This is the second book in this series transforming beloved fairy tales into a modern, magical middle grade novel.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 13; read yourself: 10 to 14

Interest Level: 10 to 14

Reading Level: 4.8

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: Lots of action help push readers into thinking about beloved fairy tale characters in different ways. We get to learn more about Gilly, Jax, Ollie, Maxine, Kayla, and Jocelyn, their histories and their relationships. Despite the magic wands and wyverns, this is a nice coming-of-age story for preteens - and a great choice for a family read aloud.

Pros: Everything is not what it seems in Enchantasia, and with Alva tightening her grip readers will be rushing to make sure our FTRS delinquents can save the day!

Cons: None, really.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a fun bedtime story for preteens. If you're looking for a fractured fairy tale for older kids, this is a great selection.

If You Liked This Book, Try: FLUNKED (Fairy Tale Reform School, Book 1)   THE PRINCESS CURSE   WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON

Educational Themes: This is mostly a story to read for fun. Book 2 introduces some additional classic characters from children's stories and older readers could create biographies or backstories for them. There are enough characters and events that readers could create maps of Enchantasia as well as "family" trees.

Notes: The publisher donated an Advance Review Copy (ARC) of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, family, fairy tale, middle grade series

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2016

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