The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani (2013)
Review by Evalyne- Grade 10
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
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Rating: 9 out of 10
Imagine a world where stories aren't fiction; where fairy tales are accounts of true adventures and the characters were once your fellow neighbors. Agatha, the village witch and her fair haired, pink-loving friend, Sophie, are two young girls living in a small village surrounded by a seemingly endless expanse of trees. The School for Good and Evil is the tale of their adventure
through a world torn by morals, discovering who they are at heart, and holding together friendship in the midst of survival and love.
This book is an absolute treasure; with fully fleshed out characters, expressive world-building, and an immersive story that keeps the reader glued to the pages! Soman dives far into the theme of good and evil, what it means to be truly good or truly evil, who is really which one, and if it is something someone can surely judge from face value?
The School for Good and Evil is the perfect book for readers looking for a fun book to read in their spare time and is especially a treat for readers looking to devote themselves to an expansive story as this book is the first installment of a series of six. I recommend this book especially to fantasy loving middle school students due to its simple style of writing and bold take on the fairy-tale genre.