The School for Good and Evil: The Collector's Edition (School for Good and Evil, 1)

The School for Good and Evil: The Collector's Edition (School for Good and Evil, 1)
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September 12, 2023
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Celebrate ten years of adventures in the Endless Woods with this deluxe collector's edition of The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani! This edition includes a four-color reversible jacket and extensive new content from Soman featuring your favorite characters from the series.
The New York Times bestselling 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. Start here to follow Sophie, Agatha, and everyone at school from the beginning!
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 the #1 movie now streaming on Netflix—starring Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington, Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Yeoh, Sofia Wylie, Sophie Anne Caruso, Jamie Flatters, Earl Cave, Kit Young, and many others!

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The Collector’s edition of The School for Good and Evil and the new Netflix movie bring new audiences to this story. The prequel duology books are wildly different with their strong LBGTQ+ inclusion of the definition of love and the use of established fairytale characters. This book has original characters, Sophie and Agatha, which I preferred. However, the prequels gave us readers insights into the school and this world that prepared us to dive into this tale.
I like the idea that beauty does not translate into goodness. Sophie’s actions are self-centered but due to her beauty, everyone thinks she must have been mistakenly put in the school for evil. Agatha’s looks are described unkindly and her noble actions are often overlooked until she starts to realize her worth. There are so many children bullied due to looks that reading this may help readers start to look deeper. Agatha shines brightly throughout as a paragon of good and I applaud her strong character and force of will.
The evil students were some of the nicest and most loyal and the good students were vain and vacuous putting forth old notions of gender roles that are outdated. The Netflix movie helped make the distinction clearer that the School Master has been undermining good to the point that they aren’t really good anymore. I wish the book helped emphasize that point better.
I find it problematic that this book is geared toward Middle-Grade audiences who may not see the nuanced details and buy further into the poor values being shown by the good students. The length and complexity of the words and ideas seem better suited for young YA audiences. My daughter loved the movie watching it over and over so I thought reading the book was an easy choice. It took her so long to read the book with me and she had so many questions about word meaning that my 12-year-old did not struggle with.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and the movie but suggest it is better for YA rather than Middle Grade readers.
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