I confess that it didn't really register with me that fairy tale retellings were such a phenomenon until I saw The Land of Stories series, but my daughter is all in on them. Jen Calonita has spun up the concept in a number of ways, and the Fairy Tale Reform School series puts ex-fairy tale villains in charge of heading off children in danger of becoming villains. This series seems a little lighter than some others with more high-minded undertones, but still includes themes of good and evil and believing in yourself that younger readers will enjoy.
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Gilly wouldn’t call herself wicked, exactly…but when you have five siblings and live in a run-down boot, you have to get creative to make ends meet. Gilly’s a pretty good thief-until she gets caught and sentenced to three months at Fairy Tale Reform School. There Gilly has to deal with teachers who are former villains like the Big Bad Wolf, the Evil Queen, and Cinderella’s Wicked Stepmother.Harsh. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla and they discover there’s a battle brewing, Gilly has to wonder just how good these bad guys really are.