The School for Good and Evil

The School for Good and Evil

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This year best friends Sophie and Agatha will discover what it is to be a student at the fabled School for Good and Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy-tale heroes and villains. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she'll earn top marks.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062104892
Branch Call Number: FANTASY J CHA
Characteristics: 488 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Bruno, Iacopo

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Lienhoatn
May 16, 2020

I first read this book in middle school, and didn't get a lot of what it was saying. There were a lot of description scenes in the beginning. That was definitely a lot to digest. But after you're introduced to how the school looks (for the second time), then the rest went swell.
I like how the book talks about what "good" or "evil" even mean, at all, and if it's 100% accurate in every situation.
There were definitely a lot of sexist ideas and scenes in the book, as well. That's not cool. If you're going to have sexism, then I need an equally good rebuttal to call it out. There wasn't a lot of that. Good sass to bad makes things all the more enticing to read.
This book is about questioning what you want to be, and why you would like to be it, so bad. Why do you want to be good? What IS good? This is Sophie's dilemma.
On the other hand, Agatha struggles with the meaning of beauty. What IS beautiful?

JCLMirandaA Mar 20, 2020

Best friends Agatha and Sophie are whisked away to the school where the kids of fairytale legends are trained to be either good or evil. But there must be a mistake because beautific and good deed obsessed Sophie shouldn’t be in the School for Evil and dark and morbid Agatha can’t belong in the School for Good, right? The characters are original and I liked this twist on fairytales and a fairytale world. The main thing I liked about the characters were that they seemed pretty black and white at first, but got more complex the more you read. There’s also a good base for the world building, that just gets more complex the further you dive into the series. Definitely a good way to see the shades of grey in the world. It doesn’t end with a cliffhanger, but it does leave you wanting more. I was not ready to be done with this world when I closed this book. I would recommend for upper elementary or middle school. But honestly, complex and engaging enough for adults and teens as well.

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renkuizheng
Jan 22, 2020

When I read this book I wanted to read again and again. So good and creatively. I love how I am a student who loves to read and it is so amazing . If you like land of stories then you will like this book. Both author are writing about the same thing.

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nicolekapaun
Nov 08, 2019

this guy: Gcatflann needs to be talked too.
He gave it half a star because it talked about girls liking girl and boys liking boys. he is saying people should not learn about it. I think this is very offensive! He makes me sick! He's saying its an awful series only because of that. in his first sentence he said he WOULD have liked it but since it talked about that he said it sucked. I know different people have different oppinions but you dont have to be saying 4th graders cant be reading this content, he dosnt get to choose who gets to read it. he is intitled to his opinion but i feel hid did not word/use it correctly. He needs to watch his words. Kids/adults can choose who they want to be and who they want to like! #SupportLGBT

Chapel_Hill_MegM Jul 21, 2019

I thought this story had a really interesting premise. Two different schools, one good, one evil and two girls who are placed into the one they don't expect. The story flowed really well, but I felt like the narrative balance between the two girls was a little off, the story seemed to focus mostly on Sophie (the girl placed into the evil school) even though it was supposed to be also about Agatha. The characters are really strong and have personaility!

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SourLime000
Jul 17, 2019

This book hooked me so much, I couldn’t put it down! I am very exited to read the rest of the series and I highly recommend it!!!

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naomicat29
Jul 11, 2019

I love this book so much. It was really interesting and awesome. I can’t wait to read the next book!!😺😺👍👍👍❤️❤️❤️

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library_queen
Jun 19, 2019

no offense but i thought this book was garbage. weak characters who change to fast and dumb eye rolling senes. don’t waste your time on it unless you’re into tween fairytale romance. ages 8-10

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sawanruparel
May 14, 2019

Great Book, Love it.

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Futuregohangurl
May 06, 2019

a very good book. i cant wait to read book 2. very good. cant put down kinda book

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Gcatflann
Apr 29, 2019

Gcatflann thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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HWALLMART
Mar 22, 2019

HWALLMART thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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summerforever
Oct 28, 2018

summerforever thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 14

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fbap8590
Mar 09, 2017

fbap8590 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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ggxxhh
Dec 22, 2016

ggxxhh thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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brown_bear_1383
Nov 09, 2016

brown_bear_1383 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 50

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black_falcon
Oct 05, 2016

black_falcon thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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alenburg
Aug 28, 2016

alenburg thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

black_cat_2644 Oct 01, 2015

black_cat_2644 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Lienhoatn
May 17, 2020

"It's not what we are, Sophie. It's what we do." (482)

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Lienhoatn
May 17, 2020

H: "When I look in the mirror, I look like a villain."
S: "Probably means you're a villain."
H: "Dad told me villains can't love, no matter what. That it's unnatural and disgusting...So I definitely can't love...But if I could love, I'd love you." (294)

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Lienhoatn
May 17, 2020

"You don't ever get over love...Even if they steal your room and your pajamas." (361)

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Lienhoatn
May 17, 2020

"Beauty can only fight truth so long..." (373)

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Lienhoatn
May 17, 2020

"EXCUSE me? I'm just following YOUR rules. FLAUNT my assets, which are many, as you can see. Speak through ACTIONS---have I said a WORD to Tedros? No. Haven't. And lest forget, PARADE competing suitors. Do you know what it takes to survive lunch with Hort? To nuzzle that rodent every time I see Tedros looking? EUCALYPTUS, Agatha. I NUMB my nose with eucalyptus." (251)

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Lienhoatn
May 17, 2020

"The EVIL attack. - The GOOD defend.
The EVIL punish. - The GOOD forgive.
The EVIL hurt. - The GOOD help.
The EVIL take. - The GOOD give.
The EVIL hate. - The GOOD forgive." (157)

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Lienhoatn
May 16, 2020

"Because I can't live here," Sophie said, voice catching. "I can't live an ordinary life."
"Funny," said Agatha. "That's why I like you."
Sophie smiled. "Because you can't either?"
"Because you make me feel ordinary," Agatha said. "And that's the only thing I've ever wanted." (16)

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Lienhoatn
May 16, 2020

S: "No one says you're evil, Agatha...You're just different."
A: "...Different how?"
S: "Well, for starters, you only wear black."
A: "Because it doesn't get dirty."
S: "You don't ever leave your house."
A: "People don't look at me there."
S: "For the Create-A-Tale Competition, your story ended with Snow White eaten by vultures and Cinderella drowning herself in a tub."
A: "I thought it was a better ending."
S: "You gave me a dead frog for my birthday."
A: "To remind you we all end up rotting underground eaten by maggots so we should enjoy our birthdays while we have them. I found it thoughtful."
S: "Agatha, you dressed as a bride for Halloween."
A: "Weddings are scary." (16)

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Lienhoatn
May 16, 2020

"No one understands me here...But you do. You see who I am. That's why I kept coming back. You're not my good deed anymore, Agatha...You're my friend." (15)

Alina_Zheng Mar 22, 2015

"How about a vote?" chirped Uma. "VOTES ARE FOR SISSIES!" Castor roared...

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brown_bear_1383
Nov 09, 2016

Sophie was always the great princess. Agatha not so much her mother was a witch and thinking it is there story they get swept in. Agatha gets dropped off into magical fairy world while Sophie gets dropped off at a dark smelly witch place! can the two make things better before things go horribly wrong?

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angelicaM3
Jul 16, 2015

this is what Sophie has dreamed for her entire life to be a princess, and Agnes a witch, but does it seem their dreams are reversed?

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BookWorm4Eva_101
Jun 09, 2015

Sophie has always wanted to be a fairy tale princess. While her best friend, Agatha just wants to try and live a normal life in her small house near the graveyard. Sophie's wish instantly comes true when she and Agatha are both taken to the School for Good and Evil. But their futures are reversed, Sophie is in the school for evil and Agatha who is suppose to be a witch, is in good.

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BronzeEagle
Aug 13, 2014

In the forest primeval A school for good and evil Two towers like twin heads One for the pure One for the wicked Try to escape you'll always fail The only way out is through a fairy tale. In the village of Gavaldon, Sophie with her long golden hair, perfect complexion, and good deeds seems the perfect fit for the school for good. Her friend agatha with shapeless black dresses and dislike for everyone seems the perfect fit for the school for evil. That night both girls are taken to the school. But the bird drops agatha in the school for enlightenment and enchantment and Sophie in the school for evil edification and propagation of sin. Is this a huge mistake? Or where they truly belong.

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Yellow_Hawk_9
Aug 09, 2014

Sophie is a princess. She has long golden locks and perfect skin. All the result of two hours of vigorous extensive grooming and preening. And of course she does many good deeds like befriending the which who lives in the graveyard. She does all this so that she will go to the school for good, meet her prince, and have her very own fairytale. To her delight, almost as soon as she arrives, her fairytale begins.

But what if this isn't her fairytale?
What if Sophie isn't a princess after all?

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Trelystus
Jan 07, 2014

A small shrivled girl who wears black and has vicious bird decapitating pet cat called Reaper is best friends with the most gorgeous girl in the town of Gavaldon. While the pretty princess Sophie dreams of being swept away by the School Master to end her dull life and begin a fairy tale one, Agatha the darker one is content to stay where she is - hoping to live just an 'ordinary' life. All this changes the night a masked shadow creeps into town and kidnaps Sophie! Running with all her might, Agatha catches up and latches on, refusing to let go and demanding her friend back, but is ignored by the figure. Soon after they find themselves in the clutches of a giant bony bird who flies them over to the schools for good and evil. As he hovers over the the school for good first, Sophie thinks her wish is about to come true, but then the bird drops Agatha instead. Sophie watches in horror as the bird then hovers over the school for evil, and release's his gripon her, sending Sophie plummeting into her worst nightmare.

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Lienhoatn
May 16, 2020

Sexual Content: -Sexism (fairytale version)

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Yellow_Hawk_9
Aug 09, 2014

Other: This book is very awesome. (it may be to awesome, watch out! :)

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