The final installment in the beloved Fairy Tale Reform School series where the teachers are (former) villains
The evil Rumplestiltskin is planning to cast a curse that will erase Enchantasia as the world knows it, and a fairy prophecy declares that Gilly Cobbler will play a key role. Never one to shy away from adventure, Gilly and her friends embark on an epic, swashbuckling journey to stop Stiltskin from getting the ingredients he needs before it's too late.
Gilly can't help but wonder if it's already too late for her beloved sister, Anna, who's still a member of the villainous Stiltskin Squad, and will seemingly stop at nothing to thwart Gilly and her crew. Only by harnessing the skills she may have inherited from her fairy grandmother can Gilly stop Stiltskin and reunite her family. But with time running out and her fairy skills lying dormant, does Gilly have what it takes to prevent the evil curse and ensure a happily-ever-after for the Cobblers? Or will she lose Enchantasia and her friends forever?
This series is perfect for read-alongs between parents and kids and engaging reluctant readers.---from the publisher
288 pages 978-1492680161 Ages 8-12
Keywords: school, villains, adventure, fairy tales, fairies, family, part of a series, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old
When I try to describe the books in the FTRS series, I sometimes feel as if I am just riffing on the trailers for "The Princess Bride." Think about it - chases, escapes, giants, evil masterminds, sword fights...they have a lot in common. Of course, in Gilly's case, most of the people involved are students or teachers at the Fairy Tale Reform School.
In this climactic installment, we find Gilly and her friends trying to find the last of the ingredients that Rumpelstiltskin needs to complete his curse on Enchantasia. Along the way they suffer "through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered" just as Sarah describes her quest in "Labyrinth." Despite evil wishes used against them, a cranky Kraken, fireballs, a wyvern and everything else the Stiltskin Squad can throw at them, the students don't give up.
Anna, Gilly's younger sister, is still working with Stiltskin and Alva. Will Gilly have to sacrifice the sister she loves to save everyone else? And will she and her friends make it through the final battle in one piece? Throughout the series friendship has been an important factor in the success of the characters. As Maxine writes in her essay, "We keep each other in check...when you have your friends by your side, the future doesn't feel so grim."
Fans will not be disappointed in the showdown to decide the fate of the kingdom once and for all. There is plenty of action, humor, some self-reflection, and resolution. You don't want to miss it.
Highly recommended for middle grades and up. I read an e-book provided by the publisher for review purposes.
Recommended by: Suzanne Costner, Librarian, Tennessee USA
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