Sunday, 22 June 2014

Review: The school for good and evil book.

As i have mentioned many time's before i love reading and have done ever since i was a child whenever i get the chance i love to lose myself in a good book. I had always hoped that my children would follow in my footstep's in my love for reading book's my oldest daughter Chloe use to enjoy reading when she was younger but now that she is 11 she would rather spend time on her tablet or out with her friend's then reading even though we have brought her lots of books which i am slightly disappointed at. So when i was recently giving the chance to review a book by Harper Collins aimed at girls aged 10+ i thought this might be the perfect chance to get her to actually read a book!


We were sent The school for good and evil written by Soman Chainani. The tag line on the front page of the book reads 'One witch, one princess. one happily never after' and it looked and sounded perfect for a girl of Chloe's age who is at that in between tweenager age where they are too old for story book's yet too young for adult book's.

Chloe recently went on holiday to Spain so i packed this book in her hand luggage for her to read on the flight if she got bored and i am amazed that she did in fact actually read this book. I was told she never put it down the whole flight and had finished it by the first day of her holiday, which is unheard of for Chloe as she literally never reads more then the first few pages of a book before getting bored and giving up on it.

On her return from holiday i asked Chloe what the book was about and she said it is about two girls called Sophie and Agatha who live in a village and every few years two children one good and one bad are stolen during the night and taken away from there family to the school for good and evil. The good children go to the good school and the bad children go to evil school where the good become princess and the bad witches. And it is really interesting because the girl you think will go to the good school and be a princess and the girl you think is bad and will be a witch is not what happens in the story and the book is really good and you want to keep reading because you want to find out what happens and magical things happen and the girls in the story are friends and then fall out and they meet boys they like and lots of things happen to them at the school and then they get to go home.

She described the book as make believe fairytale for big kids that you wish was real life or a film as it is lots of fun and you want to know what happens next. I don't feel like i can say much more on the book as i have never read it myself and i just have to go on what Chloe says about it , but it is quiet a voluminous book with 488 pages and has the odd illustration dotted throughout the book to make the story more imaginable to children.

The fact that she actually read a book on her own free will for the first time in year's speaks volumes and she has already lent her copy to her friend as she told her it was so good and she never talks about books with her friend's.

 I was also very kindly sent the second book in this series The school for good and evil a world without princes and Chloe was overjoyed when i showed her this and has been engrossed in it since she came back off her holiday. And i think she will be very happy to learn that the film rights to this book have been brought by universal pictures. I think that any child Chloe's age would love these book's and they are available to buy on amazon and i am very glad that i was sent them as it has encouraged Chloe to rediscover her love of reading.


* Disclosure: i was kindly sent these two book's for free for the purpose of this review however all words and opinions of these books are mine and my daughters own honest view on these books and we were not paid for this post.

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