The Wishing Spell

The Wishing Spell

eBook - 2012
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"Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about"--
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316204927
Characteristics: 1 online resource (438 p.) : ill., col. map
Additional Contributors: Dorman, Brandon


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Jan 26, 2018

i like froggy

Jan 20, 2018

Seriously amazingly funny. Recommended for everyone!

Nov 12, 2017

It is a good book and is not just the classic "Oh, princess in tower knight comes witch kills knight, prince comes, witch gets killed by prince... happily ever after" It is much more in depth and seems to have a modern ring to it, presenting real-life problems and using fairy tales to help the main characters Alex and Conner get through things.

Nov 06, 2017

"The Land Of Stories" book series is really good!My mom had to tell me to stop reading it when
it was time for dinner.Once you started reading it, you can't stop reading it.Each book in the series tells a different story.The book is about two kids named Alex and Cornner.Alex and Cornner are twins but when Alex and Conner's father unexpectedly dies, the twins lose the person who always had the perfect story to cheer them up. Then, on their 12th birthday, their grandmother gives them the book of fairy tales he used to read to them. Suddenly it seems to come to life, and the youngsters find themselves falling into the Land of Stories, seemingly with no way to get out. Desperate, they follow instructions in a mysterious journal: if they gather eight items from various residents in the kingdoms of the Land of Stories, they can complete the Wishing Spell and have one wish granted. After scaling castle walls, diving deep into the home of mermaids, and meeting characters from all of the beloved fairy tales, they are stymied by the Evil Queen, who has escaped from Snow White's dungeon. With the hope of using the spell gone, the twins appear to have no way home until they meet Fairy Godmother, their own grandmother. In a way, they find comfort from their grief over their father's death when they realize that they have been following his journal and that he grew up in this land. The writing quality in this adventure is inconsistent and detracts from the fast-paced story. The deep sadness of the twins comes through, but they are somewhat one-dimensional since Alex is so much the nerd and Conner, the class clown. The plotline, however, pulls readers in and is entertaining, and Colfer's passion for fairy tales shines through

Sep 25, 2017

Wonderful, awesome, and a book you can't put down! Very exciting. My mom had to yell at me to stop me from reading when it was dinnertime! Super creative and all those back stories made my head spin with amazement.

Sep 12, 2017

The Wishing Spell, the first book in the Land of Stories series, was absolutely amazing. Just recently, I finished watching "Glee", and was curious about some of Chris Colfer's other works. I found some of his well known written work, and decided to read some of it.... Well, holy cow, he's got talent. From the first few pages, he got me hooked. I really like how he developed the fairy tale characters to make them less shallow. Chris Colfer made the beloved characters even more lovable, and made us sympathise for some of the less likeable ones.

Sep 11, 2017

I felt that the first two books of this series were like, super awesome, and then it just flopped. The third, fourth, and fifth were honestly just confusing, boring, and shaky.

Aug 18, 2017

The Wishing Spell, written by Chris Colfer is the first installment in his series for The Land of Stories. This series follows the journey of a pair of fraternal twins, Connor and Alex Bailey. In this novel, Connor and Alex Bailey start their journey on a rocky start, having lost their father in a car accident. However, one day on their birthday, their grandmother had gifted them a story book containing all of your favourite childhood fairytales. What the twins didn’t know was the true nature of this old story book, as they accidently get transported into the very much real world behind the words of famous fairy tales, The Land of Stories. As the twins try to find the only way to get back to their real lives, they come across a Wishing Spell, which will supposedly grant their wish to get home. Overall, I find this book will most likely suit anyone who is 12 years old, in the middle school range. Although, there is humour and adventure which could suit anyone who wants to see their favourite heroes and villains come to life, I give this novel a 4 out 5 stars.
- @Because_Logic of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 31, 2017

Land of Stories is funny and creative with a lot of twists (on fairly tales) and Alex and Conner are great characters that many people can relate to, this defnetly a book will read again.

Jul 21, 2017

I absoutely loved this series, it was so interesting to bad it stopped on book six. I read never stopping even when my eyelids started to droop begging for sleep.

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Lily Jiang
Jan 22, 2018

Alex and Conner's dad died. But they do not know something awesome that is in the blood of them. Soon they figured out. Their grandma and dad was magical. Later they fell into the world of fairytales. They met people and animals from lots of the fairytales we read. Does their mom know about this world or about magic?

May 30, 2017

:D Watch this video for a summary! And also definitely go to!

Jul 11, 2016

Alex and Conner two twins have always been interested in fairy tales, however things take a turn in their normal lives when on their birthday their grandma gives them a book that turns out to be a portal to another world; so they go on a dangerous and daring adventure in the other world full of fairy tail creatures piecing together clues of how to get out and how it is possible they are there.

Jul 08, 2016

When Alex and Conner's Dad died they never thought they'd be happy again. Then on their 12th birthday they discover things they never dreamed possible. With a new adventure around every corner you'll never expect what to find.

Jun 26, 2016

A daring adventure in a world of fairytales

Aug 24, 2015

The book is about two kids that fall into a storybook and go on an adventure.

Jul 20, 2015

This book is about two twins who have lost their beloved story-telling father and end up with his book of stories, they get lost in the book and need to figure out how to get home. Will they make it?

Jul 16, 2015

the first book in the series!!! Alex finds out the book her grandmother gave her is the a portal that can be opened through magic. Now the twins are on a quest to find a wishing spell to go home, but is someone else on the way to find the spell too?

Jul 12, 2015

Twins Alex and Conner Bailey accidentally travel into their grandma's old book and end up in the land of stories. together they face lot's of challenges collecting the wishing spell items that might be able to bring them home. but the evil queen seems to be after the spell too and she will do anything to keep them from using it.

Jun 05, 2015

In The Land of Stories, Wishing Spell, twins Alex and Conner receive a heirloom book from their Grandmother, who is usually away travelling the "world" with her older friends. Little do they know the book contains a magical world. When Alex falls through the book, her brother jumps in too and they journey around the magical land. Through meeting a talking frog, the wicked witch, and Cinderella, The Wishing Spell is an amazing book i would recommend to any fantasy-lover.

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Dec 03, 2015

"A Villain is just a victim whose story hasn't been told." -The evil queen. Most inspirational quote ever.

Aug 24, 2015

"Alex imagined what it would be like to be a character in her own fairy tale: the forests she'd run through, the castles she'd live in, and the creatures she'd befriend."

Jul 28, 2015

"Courage is something no one can ever take from you".

Dec 24, 2014

" I'm so glad you're alive so I can kill you myself "-Alex Bailey

Sep 11, 2014

"Someday you will be old enough to read fairy tales again."-C.S.Lewis

Aug 20, 2014

"I was just thinking," Conner said. "Alice went to Wonderland after she fell into a rabbit hole. Dorothy's whole house was scooped up by a tornado that dropped her off in Oz. The Narnia kids traveled through an old wardrobe… and we ended up in the fairy-tale world by falling through a book."

Jul 23, 2014

" you almost old enough to read fairy tales again!"

Jul 09, 2014

"What do you think the moral of little red ridding hood is her mother should of mailed the basket?"

Jun 07, 2014

"you mean your from the land of stories"


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