By Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Reviewed for Fifth Grade, 2013

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

Open this book at your own risk; even the most reluctant readers are known to become completely absorbed in this charming tale. The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell follows twins Alex and Connor on a magical adventure in a land occupied by their favorite fairy tale characters, picking up after each of their “happily ever after” endings. This story is as immersive as books get—author Chris Colfer’s rich, colorful language paint a vivid picture of this enchanting world that readers inhabit, full of kingdoms, trolls, goblins, fairies and two very relatable protagonists. Parents will appreciate the message of compassion and understanding, for even the most villainous adversaries, while children will happily get lost in this epic tale. (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $7.20)