The School for Good and Evil

The School for Good and Evil

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This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good and Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil. But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed -- Sophie's dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are?
Best friends Sophie (princess wannabe) and Agatha (witchy loner) are headed (via kidnapping) to the School for Good and Evil, but their assumed destinies are reversed.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, ©2013.
Edition: First paperback edition.
ISBN: 9780062104908
Characteristics: 488, 13 pages :,illustrations, color map ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Bruno, Iacopo - Illustrator
Alternative Title: School for Good & Evil.


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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!!!

Jul 11, 2019

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

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

May 14, 2019

Great Book, Love it.

May 06, 2019

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

Apr 29, 2019

I would have liked this book- this entire series really -if not for the whole thing where the two main characters- both female! -love each other. And there is mention of boys liking other boys and girls like other girls, and no. I think an author should not support that, authors have a responsibility to their readers to support good moral values and to NOT write things that will adversely effect readers. If you don't want a book (or a book series) where girls are kissing girls and saying "I love you" to girls, PLEASE don't read this book. I read this a while back (maybe in 4th grade?), and I really liked it then, but I didn't realize that the love between the two girls was LOVE love. I tried to read the second book, but my mom didn't let me, and now I'm so glad she didn't. The morals in these books are off kilter, there isn't any kind of lesson that a person could learn from these books. If anything, they should at least be put in the youth section, where some wandering 4th grader won't be able to pick them off the shelf.

Mar 29, 2019

lele this is the first book.

Jan 29, 2019

So there’s a blond girl who loves pink, eats barely anything so she keeps her figure and has a 2 hour daily skin regimen who just happens to have a personality that’s somewhat lacking. There’s another girl with greasy black hair dressed in black sack-cloth and black “clumps” on her feet who’s shunned by most folks so she’s shied away from people, but is considerate in her own way. Both are best friends and one is going to the School of Good and the other is at the School of Evil. Guess which one is going where.

The stereotypes are like blunt-force traumas. Ok. I get it. Beautiful people = hideous personalities and if you’re not the blonde princess type then you’re a good person. Nothing new here. Also the characters and the school descriptions are so over the top with what good looks like/evil looks like that most of the book left me hoping for something more interesting to happen. It’s making me wonder why it’s so popular and makes me question whether these girls have any redeemable qualities we look for in strong female leads (something I’m always looking for). There’s also a tendency to sexualize the characters who are fairly young. While it is a societal fact that kids are having sex younger and younger, I believe it’s an author’s ethical responsibility not to normalize the behaviour.

As I read it I kept thinking so help me if yet another character mentions skipping breakfast as a weight loss scheme; I don’t think I should be held accountable for my actions. While it is used to hammer home, again very bluntly, that the pretty are not so good, that the fact they skip meals makes them bad, it’s not a topic that should be casually bantered about. Superficiality, ok fine .. vanity and arrogance, sure, but eating disorders feels like it crosses the line with the author’s perfunctory treatment of the topic. It needed thoughtfulness, more caring, maybe even a bit more, dare I say it, bluntness that this is an unhealthy practice.

That being said, surprisingly, the last quarter of the book made me want to read the next in the series. All the things I disliked seemed to melt away with enough twists and turns to hint at a more complicated series-arching storyline that gives me hope it may turn into something more interesting. While the ending makes sense, it isn’t necessarily predictable, and for me that’s one of the best kinds of endings. I just requested the next one from my local libs, so I’ll let you know if it was a promise of better things to come or an aberration. (Note: a few weeks later I got the 2nd book and I couldn’t get through it. All the flaws in the first are magnified in the second)

Dec 19, 2018

I love this book! It is so good! Once you start reading, you can’t put it down. Highly recommend it!

Oct 28, 2018

I remember picking up this book in 2013 at Chapters. Unfortunately, Chapters closed down and is replaced by Staples.
I was 12 when I read this book and when you put this book, belonging to the fantasy genre, and my age together, you'd expect me to love this novel.
And I did.
I was transferred to another place, and for a while I could forget about things that were going on in my life. Reading this book was therapeutic, despite how exciting the writing is.
And so I read each book as they came out in 2014 and 2015. It felt awesome to be a part of Chainani's writing journey, and it still is with his new series of books.

Although I may have grown out of this genre and have gone on to read more mature material, The School for Good and Evil will always remind me of my path into adolescence, and how I was able to find refuge within its pages.

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Apr 29, 2019

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Mar 22, 2019

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Oct 28, 2018

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

Jun 29, 2018

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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?

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?

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.

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.

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?

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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Alina_Zheng Mar 22, 2015

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

Alina_Zheng Mar 22, 2015

"Fly, Sophie! You're free!" The chicken tried to fly, then realized it couldn't, and plummeted to its death. "For the first time, I feel sorry for an animal." Lady Lesso said. Another "15" spat in Sophie's face.

Aug 09, 2014

Its about who we are Sophie. Its what we do.

Jan 07, 2014

In the forest of 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


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Aug 09, 2014

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

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