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Whatever After #1: Fairest of All by [Mlynowski, Sarah]
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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

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Praise for WHATEVER AFTER #1: FAIREST OF ALL

"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: 19008 KB
  • Print Length: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (May 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Scholastic Trade Publisher
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SR7MCW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,328 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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My oldest granddaughter loves to read, but finding books appropriate in content for her requires a lot of searching because she reads a year or so above her age level. This book looked like it fit the bill for her & it certainly did. She absolutely loved it, & I've bought her the rest of the series since. She enjoys books that contain humor & these books do. It's been such a blessing to see her have such a passion for reading. I highly recommend this series for our younger readers.
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Plot: This was a cute plot. I liked that it gave Snow a lot more agency than she has in the standard fairy tale. I also thought the author did a good job of presenting her lesson (change isn't always bad) in an interesting way.
Characters: The characters were fine- I didn't love or hate any of them. I do think that both of the female main characters were good characters for children's fiction like this though.
Overall: This was a cute story and I had fun reading it. I do think that the premise of the series could get old after a while though.
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This really is my kind of book.I don't think I really knew what I was doing i bought it and read but then after it finished i was a total fan so fairytale fans if you like fairytale switches i think this is the right book for you.
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Before a 60 minute road trip, I decided to try a book on tape to keep my daughter and niece entertained. Possibly, I also secretly wanted to develop their love for reading. It worked. The story was light hearted, fun, relevant, and creative. I enjoyed did and so did two 7 year girls.
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