The Storybook of Legends
The Storybook of Legends

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Series: Ever After High Vol. 1   

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Annotation: At Ever After High, a boarding school for the sons and daughters of famous fairy tale characters, students Apple White and Raven Queen face the moment when they must choose whether to follow their destinies, or change them.
Catalog Number: #149005
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 305 pages
Availability: Out of Print (Limited Quantities Available)
ISBN: Publisher: 0-316-40125-0 Perma-Bound: 0-605-99265-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-316-40125-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-99265-8
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2013024496
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Skeptics of books tied to toy lines will have to rethink their doubts when they read Hale's series of Ever After High books, linked to a line of dolls by Mattel. Rollicking and filled with puns e character refers to her bad schedule as a "major fairy-fail" d incorporating an imaginative plot that assumes readers are fluent in folklore, this first in a new spin-off series, The Storybook of Legends, is a fun read. Milton Grimm, headmaster, expects students to sign an oath that they will agree to stick to their assigned plotlines. Raven Queen, however, is having doubts. She doesn't want to follow in her evil mother's footsteps and become the nemesis of her generation's Snow White e deplores being typecast. But if she defies tradition, will her story simply disappear along with herself and her story mates? Unexpected plot twists lead to an ending that, unlike a traditional "happy ever after," promises continued intrigue in new outings. This is a good bet for those who can't get enough of fractured and retold tales. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The toys are popular; thus, the books should follow suit. Cross promotions with Mattel should keep this in front of all the right eyeballs.
Horn Book
Raven Queen and Apple White, the daughters of famous fairy-tale characters, begin their much-anticipated Legacy Year at Ever After High. They investigate the mystery of a lost story, and Raven realizes that being evil might not be her only path. Fans of the Inkheart and Sisters Grimm series will enjoy the "hexellent" fairy-tale-infused lingo and lively characters.
Publishers Weekly
Following the publisher-s previous partnership with Mattel for the Monster High series, Newbery Honor author Hale (Princess Academy) helps kick off the Ever After High series, set at a boarding school for the children of classic fairy-tale heroes and villains; dolls based on the characters and other licensed products will be available. As the book opens, the second-year attendees of Ever After High are preparing for Legacy Day, when they will officially bind themselves to their parents- stories. Thus, the stage is set for a showdown between choice and destiny. Bubbly Apple White is thrilled to assume the mantle of Snow White, but her roommate, Raven Queen, is apprehensive about the villainous future that awaits her. Fairy-tale puns run rampant (favorite musicians include N-Chant and Lil Swain), and in the story-s best running gag, Raven-s oddball best friend Maddie Hatter has hilarious metafictional exchanges with the narrator (-I-m really enjoying all your clever observations and helpful information-). Perhaps understandably for a doll-based franchise, outfits and accessories get frequent mentions, but Hale-s spot-on sense of humor keeps the story from feeling overly promotional. Ages 8-12. (Oct.)

School Library Journal
Gr 5&11;8&12; Ever After High is where the offspring of fairy-tale characters go to train to be the next generation of Cinderellas, Prince Charmings, and Red Riding Hoods. Second-year students are expected to sign the Storybook of Legends on Legacy Day, cementing their destiny in the fairy-tale world. Raven Queen, daughter of the Evil Queen in "Snow White," has no desire to emulate her mother, who isn't just evil, but super-evil. She'd much rather sing in a band, hang out with her friends, and, most of all, have a future that she has some control over. Apple White, on the other hand, can't wait to start working toward her Happily Ever After. Despite their differences, Raven and Apple become roommates and even friends, but if Raven refuses to sign the Storybook, it might mean the end of not only their story, but also of the fairy tale world&30; or would it? This mash-up of Grimm and high school angst is fun and frothy, filled with silly, clever riffs on pop culture (which will make the story dated in a few years). Still, Raven is a strong, proactive girl who fights not only for herself, but also for all the denizens of Ever After High who don't have fairy-tale endings to look forward to.&12; Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
Word Count: 49,836
Reading Level: 4.9
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.9 / points: 7.0 / quiz: 162464 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.4 / points:12.0 / quiz:Q62014
Lexile: 720L

The exciting paperback edition of Shannon Hale's classic Ever After High story, The Storybook of Legends.

At Ever After High, an enchanting boarding school, the children of fairytale legends prepare themselves to fulfill their destinies as the next generation of Snow Whites, Prince Charmings and Evil Queens...whether they want to or not. Each year on Legacy Day, students sign the Storybook of Legends to seal their scripted fates. For generations, the Village of Book End has whispered that refusing to sign means The End-both for a story and for a life.

As the daughter of the Evil Queen, Raven Queen's destiny is to follow in her mother's wicked footsteps, but evil is so not Raven's style. She's starting to wonder, what if she rewrote her own story? The royal Apple White, daughter of the Fairest of Them All, has a happy ever after planned for herself, but it depends upon Raven feeding her a poison apple in their future.

What if Raven doesn't sign the Storybook of Legends? It could mean a happily never after for them both.

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