The School for Good and Evil: The Selection has all the best qualities of great fairytale writing, whilst turning fairytale cliché on its head. Challenging the reader’s perception of good and evil, you may never look at a Disney princess– or a wicked witch! – in the same way again.

Every four years, two girls are kidnapped from the village of Gavaldon. Legend has it these lost children are sent to the School for Good and Evil, the fabled institution where they become fairytale heroes or villains. Sophie, the most beautiful girl in town, has always dreamed of her place at the School for Good while her friend Agatha, with her dark disposition seems destined for the School for Evil. But when the two are kidnapped they find their fortunes reversed...

The descriptive detail in the book creates a vibrant fairytale world that is easy to get lost in – or kidnapped into! Coupled with the beautiful illustrations this easily became a favourite of ours, and whilst we think it works perfectly as a stand-alone novel you bet we'll be reading books two and three in quick succession.

Categorised in the 9-10 age group, older readers will easily enjoy this really rather good – or evil?!? – novel!
Aimee Albert, literary editor