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Publisher's Summary

At the School for Good and Evil, failing your fairy tale is not an option.
Welcome to the School for Good and Evil, where best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.
The two girls soon 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 among 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... ?
The School for Good and Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.
©2013 Soman Chainani (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Tenoko1 on 06-26-14

Sugar coated darkness. Grimm Brothers brutality

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would, with the warning that their intro to school is a little slow, but once they are there things are dark and brutal and rather messed up in a way that is often times shocking. I know this is a kid's book, but I sometimes thought it too dark for kids. At times, it often felt like a fairy-tale setting Lord of the Flies, as far as a certain characters spiral into madness. It is a very good and interesting book though. I couldn't stop listening, despite some flaws in the pacing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The School for Good and Evil?

I love all the moments when Agatha and Sophie choose each other, though Sophie is a TERRIBLE friend, she does care about Agatha, and that always shines through her petty, shallow, and selfish demeanor. She's still terrible, but you want for her to be better. Agatha is an AWESOME friend. God, I was so proud of characters are several points in this book, like when Hester invited Agatha to be her guest at the No-Ball, and students put aside their differences, when Evil helped Good. Ugh. Loved it.

Have you listened to any of Polly Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I could have, I would have.

Any additional comments?

The book ends as if at the end of the chapter, rather than the end of the book. You want to keep flipping to find out what happens and you can't. It's a cliffhanger ending in a way, so that it and the next book are actually just one big book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 12-08-13

Well written

What did you love best about The School for Good and Evil?

I liked the idea that there WAS a School for Good and Evil. And I spent a long time wondering WHICH school I would be in... bwa ha ha

Who was your favorite character and why?

Agatha because she may not have looked it, but she was actually good

What about Polly Lee’s performance did you like?

Her performance was OK but could have been more dramatic

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No it was too long and other books were calling!

Any additional comments?

I'm waiting for the sequel since the ending was definitely a cliffhanger!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mara on 06-27-13

A mismatched friendship, trial by fairytale?!

This story tells the tale of two very different girls being kidnapped and swept away to the infamous School for Good and Evil.
The legacy; two children over the age of 12 are chosen from the town of Gaveldon every year (one undoubtedly good and the other undoubtedly evil) and are taken by the schoolmaster, never to return, with only the lucky ones appearing years later as, bafflingly, characters of fairytales.

With Sophie and Agatha separated, they must understand and overcome the ways of Good and Evil in order to be re-united and return home, because there are more to fairytales that meet the eye and not all of it's about twinkling tiaras and magic broomsticks...

This is captivating to listen to because I'm so keen to find out what happens to the unlikely duo next after constant setbacks to their rashly built plans! The storyline is unique, interesting and completely changes the way fairytales are portrayed (in a deliciously upturned way!), which makes you question whether fairytales have been written right and what happens to those that don't make it into the stories, not to mention if the friends will ever get home in one piece.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lydia on 06-21-13


Would you consider the audio edition of The School for Good and Evil to be better than the print version?

Brilliant story. Have read book and listened to it. It's really difficult reading aloud as long chapters. Audio book allowed my child to go at the pace she wanted which was the whole story as quick as possible and not wait for me to do 1 chapter a night.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Loved both Sophie and Agatha. So perfect and yet so wrong.

Which character – as performed by Polly Lee – was your favourite?

Agatha and Sophie are both performed equally well.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Disney meets St Trinians

Any additional comments?

Fabulous Story. I hope there is a sequel.

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