April 27, 2020

#BookReview: Switched (Fairy Tale Reform School #4) by @JenCalonita

Synopsis: Reform or relapse?

Things at Fairy Tale Reform School are great. Rumpelstiltskin has been ousted, and everyone is buzzing about the fact that Beauty and Prince Sebastian (aka the Beast) have joined the teaching staff. Everyone, that is, except Gilly, who can't seem to focus on anything but Anna. How is it that her beloved sister somehow went bad and joined up with Rump? And why doesn't anyone seem to care? Sure, the Royal Court says they're working on it, but they've got exactly nothing to show for it.

But when new-kid Jack joins FTRS with tales of his own family being snatched by Rump, Gilly knows she's in good company. Jack wants answers, just like Gilly. And if the Royal Court can't get the job done, then maybe it's time to break some rules...


Rating: ★★★★
My Review: Another great book in this adorable series. The pacing is always spot on and the story is just so cute and funny but also serious when it needs to be.  I think kids of all ages would love this story!! 

From School Library Journal

Gr 3–5—In the fourth title of the "Fairy Tale Reform School" series, a feisty heroine is teacher and student as she learns about trust, betrayal, and being true to herself. Gilly Cobbler embarks on a quest to rescue her sister Anna who has joined Rumplestiltskin and his malevolent Stiltskin Squad. Uncertain if Anna switched her allegiance from good to evil willingly, Gilly and her friends (fairies, ogres, and magic pets) are not content to just attend classes at Enchantasia's school for the not-quite-royal while family members continue to go missing. The school's newest student, Jack (of beanstalk fame), becomes a reluctant ally for Gilly after his mother and cow's mysterious abduction has left him to fend for himself. New teachers Beauty and the Beast have undisclosed reasons for protecting their daughter and preventing the student body from opening cursed library books and falling under Rump's wicked influence. The author's lively, fast-paced style works well for readers eager to jump right into the action. Characters develop through memorable episodes of magical transformation and relatable school-kid drama. Plotlines have satisfying yet unpredictable resolutions that leave room for another installment. Clever Pegasus Postletters and Happily Ever After Scrolls (news updates) between chapters whimsically add background information about the school and its unique happenings. VERDICT This entertaining series will satiate readers for whom Disney's "Descendants" is a year or two out of reach.—Jane Miller, Nashville Public Library


"This fast-paced mashup of fairy tales successfully tackles real-life issues such as prejudice, gender-role conformity, and self-esteem... More adventures are to come for Gilly, but in the meantime, a preview of a new, linked series, Royal Academy Rebels, is included to whet readers' appetites.
" - Kirkus Reviews

"This entertaining series will satiate readers for whom Disney's "Descendants" is a year or two out of reach." - School Library Journal

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