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Whatever After #1: Fairest of All [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Mlynowski
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Book Description

A fresh, modern spin on a classic fairy tale--from bestselling author Sarah Mlynowski!

Mirror, mirror, on the basement wall . . .

Once upon a time my brother and I were normal kids. The next minute? The mirror in our basement slurped us up and magically transported us inside Snow White's fairy tale.

I know it sounds crazy, but it's true.

But hey -- we're heroes! We stopped Snow White from eating the poisoned apple. Hooray! Or not. If Snow White doesn't die, she won't get to meet her prince. And then she won't get her happy ending. Oops.

Now it's up to us to:
- Avoid getting poisoned
- Sneak into a castle
- Fix Snow White's story

And then, fingers crossed, find our way home.

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

There’s “once upon a time” and “happily ever after,” but what happens when the story “gets all tangled up” in the middle? That question is at the heart of this debut title in a new fairy-tale-themed series. Ten-year-old Abby and her seven-year-old brother, Jonah, are living a normal life in a new town until they discover the mirror in the basement. When they knock on its surface three times, they’re whizzed away to fairy-tale land and find themselves at the home of Snow (yes, White). Just as Evil Evelyn, her wicked stepmother, is about to hand over the infamous poison apple, Jonah intervenes. But if Snow doesn’t eat the poison apple, then the prince can’t save her, and that means Snow’s love life is ruined, not to mention Disney’s whole movie. There’s lots of hilarious artistic license here (three of the seven dwarfs are women; one has pink hair), along with unexpected plot twists and plenty of girl power. Tween girls who may not be quite ready for Donna Jo Napoli and Gail Carson Levine’s fractured-fairy-tale novels will find this title is just right. Grades 4-6. --Ann Kelley



"An uproariously funny read. The swift pace of the tale and non-stop action . . . will enchant readers from the first page." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Hilarious . . . with unexpected plot twists and plenty of girl power." -- Booklist

"This delightful kick-off to the series demonstrates Mlynowski's prowess at writing for middle-graders." -- Publishers Weekly

"Giddy, fizzy, hilarious fun!" -- Lauren Myracle, author of LUV YA BUNCHES

"I tore through FAIREST OF ALL in one sitting and loved, loved, loved it! It's inventive, hilarious, and full of adventure and surprises" -- Leslie Margolis, author of The Maggie Booklyn Mysteries

"Sarah Mlynowski's spunky heroine injects some girl-power into Snow White for a wonderful reading adventure the whole family will enjoy. Tons of fractured fairy tale fun!" -- Meg Cabot, author of Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls and The Princess Diaries

Product Details

  • File Size: 551 KB
  • Print Length: 181 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0545403308
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (May 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SR7MCW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,809 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Humor and Heart June 10, 2012
Abby is a girl after my own heart. She is ten, very concerned with fairness, wants to be a judge when she grows up, is a bossy older sister, and prefers her adventures in story books. Also, she loves exclamation points! But when she and her adventurous younger brother Jonah get sucked into a magic mirror in the basement of her old house she has to find a way to save Snow White from her evil stepmother and find her way home too.

Abby wants her stories unchangeable. When Jonah stops Snow from eating the poisoned apple, the story is changed. Abby and Jonah hatch a variety of schemes to make the story follow the pattern they both know but nothing works. The kids have lots of adventures as they travel from the dwarves' cottage to Snow White's castle. Along the way Abby does things she never thought she would be brave enough to do and learns that sometimes change is good.

The story is filled with humor and heart. I recommend it to middle grade fantasy lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! November 5, 2012
I bought this book for my 6-1/2 yr old daughter. We got it Friday afternoon and we were done reading it at 8:30 that evening. (I read it to her.) She wouldn't let me put it down. (We did get dinner and voice lessons in but she kept picking up the book asking me for one more page.) Even my husband listened to the whole book. It was fun, funny, engaging and we loved it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious story! February 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this book very much actually! I sneaked this from my daughter's room and loved it! It was a mix of humor, teamwork, and fantasy which made the book an awesome experience to read it.

About The Book: Abby and Jonah, two siblings, move to Smithville. Then one night, they explore their basement and get sucked into an old mirror. As they arrive in Snow White's story, Jonah "saves" her from getting poisoned in the apple part. But, as Abby thinks about it...Snow White won't get her happily ever after! Will Abby and Jonah find a way to save the story? Or does Snow live UNhappily ever after?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! January 1, 2013
By mmsmith
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my 9 year old to read. We started reading it for her 30 min daily required reading. I read it to her, she read it to me. I couldn't wait to see what was happening next so I finished the book ahead of her. I couldn't put it down. Love the whole book especially that the whole story of Snow White changes. It is great to show that the princess isn't so needy and becomes independent. My daughter just finished this one today and went on to read the next one "If the Shoe Fits" also today.
These are wonderful books for young and old!
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55 of 75 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The author needs a grammar lesson. February 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I previewed this book for my eight-year-old by getting the Kindle sample. It was the daily deal and had good reviews so, I was excited! In this world of texting, where everything is abbreviated or translated into an acronym, children have a tough enough time learning grammar. This story might be cute and engaging. I wouldn't really know because, as I read it, I couldn't help but notice (and focus on) the atrocious grammar utilized by the author. The description of the game of Tag (yes, it should be capitalized) was practically unreadable. She has apparently never learned how to use quotation marks, the difference between "me" and "I", or proper capitalization. Obviously, there are times when an author uses poor grammar on purpose, as part of telling the story. This is not one of those cases. Our children deserve better than this slop. For my children, I will stick with books in which the author and editor respect and adhere to basic grammar rules. It's really not that hard to do.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A cute re-imagining of a fairy tale July 2, 2012
Abby's parents move her and her brother Jonah to a new town. Here the kids do everything wrong. They call pop soda, they make peanut butter and banana sandwiches wrong, they even play tag wrong. Abby doesn't think she likes it here one bit. She likes it better than the world beyond the mirror though. When her brother is messing around in the basement one night, Abby and Jonah get sucked in through it and plop right down in a fairy tale. Now they have to right the things they've messed up in the tale, and get home before their parents wake up.

This was a really fun fairy tale twist. I'm quite excited to see what happens with the next ones. This story talked about the butterfly effect in essence. If you change one thing, the course of the entire story gets altered. Abby was certainly an interesting character, a good contrast to her over-eager brother. He was always ready for an adventure. Abby was a little annoying at times, but overall not too bad. She was far more annoying before the mirror, so it's lucky she got sucked up right away. She's very bossy though, but of course someone needs to take charge. I appreciated that she kept a relatively level head after what happened, mostly because she was in denial, but still. I liked the dwarves in this story, quite a bit different than Disney had them, but a lot more interesting. I really can't see what happens next with Abby and Jonah. Anyone who loves fairy tale retellings is going to want to check this one out.

First Line:
"Once upon a time my life was normal."

Favorite Lines:
"Coke pops on your tongue. It doesn't soda on your tongue."

Disclaimer: I was sent this item to review. This does not influence my opinion.
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More About the Author

Sarah is the author of both the WHATEVER AFTER and MAGIC IN MANHATTAN series, as well as DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT (March 2014), MILKRUN, FISHBOWL, AS SEEN ON TV, MONKEY BUSINESS, GIMME A CALL, TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE) and HOW TO BE BAD (along with E.Lockhart and Lauren Myracle). Sarah's short stories and novellas include A LITTLE BIT BROKEN, A NICE FLING IS HARD TO FIND, KNOW IT ALL and CRUISIN'. Sarah also co-edited the bestselling chick-lit collections GIRLS' NIGHT IN and GIRLS' NIGHT OUT and co-wrote the first ever guide to writing chick lit, SEE JANE WRITE.

Sarah's books have been translated into twenty-one languages and optioned to Hollywood. She was born in Montreal but now lives and writes in New York City.

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