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The Land of Stories 01. The Wishing Spell
The Land of Stories 01. The Wishing Spell | Chris Colfer
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Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that combines the modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales. 'The Land of Stories' tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they 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. But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.
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megnews
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From my tbr: a middle grade, modern day fairy tale mashup.

#spell #chillingphotochallenge #scarathlon

MariettaSG My daughter had to read this for year 6 and didn't find it very interesting. 2w
MariettaSG I feel it was too young for her. 2w
megnews @MariettaSG yes I think it‘s aimed more toward 3rd or 4th grade 2w
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VioletCavalier
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#7Days7Covers Day 3.

7 days, 7 covers you love.

Who's next?

megnews I‘m reading this for #BBRC Middle grade! 4w
VioletCavalier @megnews It's a good one! 4w
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Eeyore031370
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Mehso-so

I listened to the audiobook at work. It was entertaining but not one of my favorites.

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lycomayflower
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Bailedbailed

I wanted to love this, but I found the characters flat and the dialogue really clunky. Oh, well. Onwards.

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lycomayflower
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Circumstances are going to allow me to make reading a priority for the next week. Gonna see how many of these I can read by next Sunday. Tagged cut off the top of the photo.

GypsyKat Great stack!!! 1mo
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TheBookKeepers
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Reading these along with my 5th grader! I love when he connects personally with book characters and I can see his own involvement in the plot 😍

NaomiO I love those books, they are truly a treasure. I love sharing them with my nieces. Amazing boundng moments. ❤ 2mo
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Bookjunkie57
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Bookjunkie57

Mr Colfer keeps saying “fusstrated” instead of “frustrated” and it‘s annoying me sooooo much.

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4thhouseontheleft
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Pickpick

I adore Chris Colfer. From his days on Glee, to his activism and what he has done since with this series, he is an incredible person. LoS is my daughter‘s favorite series along with HP, and it is with all of that in mind I give this a 👍. This is a reread; last time I listened to the audiobook. I do hope the writing and character development improves in the subsequent books. #bbrc #mgme #writtenbyanactor

#middlegrade #seriesread

TheSpineView 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
4thhouseontheleft Apparently I was harsher on GR the first time I read it. My review from 2015: Three stars since my daughter loved it.

Certainly no Harry Potter, and the dialogue and writing is extremely stilted and left a lot to be desired. The fairy tale characters are cookie-cut outs and very one-dimensional, which was extremely disappointing. However, it did have a cute premise.
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LibrarianRyan This has been on my TBR for a while. And everyone‘s tastes change with time. 2mo
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4thhouseontheleft @LibrarianRyan Actually, my taste hasn't changed, I think I'm just being nicer. 😂The main reason I'm reading the whole series is in honor of my daughter's love for it. We often swap reading lists, and she has been asking me to finish the series (I bailed on the 2nd book the last time I read these), for a VERY long time. 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @LibrarianRyan I will say I‘m a few chapters into the 2nd book and notice an improvement in Colfer‘s writing. I keep forgetting how young he was when the first one was published! (edited) 2mo
LapReader I want some of that ice cream! 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @LapReader It is so good! A Jeni‘s 🍦 shop opened near us a not too long ago, but the line is always really long, so I was excited to find it in the grocery store! 2mo
LapReader We have only just got Ben and Jerry‘s in my part of Australia! 2mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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Taking a much-needed break from the hell that is sorting LEGO sets. 🥵

daena That water bottle is everything! 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @daena I love llamas! 😃 2mo
AmyG It is so cute!!! 2mo
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Scochrane26 😂😂 2mo
Caroline2 Just don‘t step on them....🤬 2mo
CoffeeK8 I give you a lot of credit for sorting.... I have given up on my son‘s sets 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @CoffeeK8 we‘re getting ready to sell a bunch of sets, that‘s the only reason why I‘m doing this. 😂 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @Caroline2 The worst pain in the world! 2mo
CoffeeK8 @4thhouseontheleft 😂 that‘s the only reason I could imagine doing it 2mo
Purrfectpages I want that bottle! 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @Purrfectpages I found it at my local Books-A-Million, but I've seen it a few other places as well. It's made by Studio Oh. 2mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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Made GF zucchini bread yesterday! It turned out better than I expected. 😃 I‘m antsy to finish this reread and move on to the next one in the series.

#booksandbreakfast #booksandtea #seriesread #BBRC #MGME

Cinfhen Pretty photo ❤️ 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen Thanks! I hope you are enjoying your vacation. 💜 I‘m starting to plan my Israel and Jordan trip for next summer! 2mo
Cinfhen It‘s been busy and hectic and I‘ve managed to pick up a summer cold 🤧🤧🤧🤧🤧but otherwise all good!! I‘m excited to hear your itinerary!!! It‘ll be summer 2020 before we know it!!!!! Hope you‘re fully recovered ♥️ 2mo
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nelehelen Looks so yummy!!! 2mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen I could probably use your advice on our itinerary! Right now we‘ve got Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Petra, Dead Sea, and hopefully a few days at a Mediterranean beach. Thinking about a short flight to Cairo to see the pyramids as well, as long as the political climate allows that. MIL is coming along too. 2mo
IndoorDame Looks delicious 😋 2mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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Keeping hubby and daughter company while they wash our cars. I‘m providing moral support. They lasted 2 minutes before they started arguing with each other. 😂😂

Started my next #MGME #BBRC book, which is actually a reread. Reading the whole series for the written by an actor prompt.

Tamra Hahaha typical! 2mo
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holdmybookmark
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Pickpick

It's awesome when you find a book both you and your kids enjoy...and can read together. I can't wait to get the rest of the books in this series!

JoScho This is such a fun series! 2mo
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ellarebee
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Woof, this was a tough book to get through because it was so disappointing. One of my middle school patrons LOVES this series so I moved it up on my TBR. Sadly, I found it very shallow, too much action, not enough character development, and a trite writing style.

I‘m book tracking with the Bookly app for this #24in48. It‘s great! Wish I could get the infographic, but my app keeps crashing. :( @24in48

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ellarebee
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Just woke up, SelfControl app activated on my laptop. Now I am ready to stick a fork in this book! @24in48 #24in48 #hour6challenge

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Reader93
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“But what the world fails to realise is a villain is just a victim whose story hasn't been told.”

This is an amazing book, and definitely one I wouldn't mind climbing into :)

brit91 Love this!😍📚 3mo
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bernadette
Pickpick

While I didn't love the language, this is a very accessible, really fun riff on fairy tales for middle grade readers. I read this aloud at bedtime and both the 10 year old and 6 year old squealed with laughter at Connor's comments and could relate to Alex and Connor's sibling relationship. Loved that it comments on the older non-Disney tales and plays around with its own version of the stories.

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Lizzie2219
Wishing Spell | Chris Colfer
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Pickpick

3⭐️—— alrighty then three days later and I‘ve finished the wishing spell and I have to say it wasn‘t that bad. It wasn‘t great but granted i am a seventeen year old reading a book meant for young readers. For kids its a great book with good adventure and a good take on your classic fairytales. Personally the ending felt rushed but i also adored how Colfer used the original stories instead of Disney‘s.

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Lizzie2219
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So it is June 23 and my goal is to finish this book by July. It is 438 pages long and I am on 143 I think I can do it 😂

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JoScho
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This series takes you on an #amazingadventure I highly recommend the audiobooks read by the author. They are just fun.
#jazzyjune

Eggs Beautiful illustration! 4mo
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cenewhams
Wishing Spell | Chris Colfer
Pickpick

This was a cute quick read. I love the use of original fairy tales. Had no idea who the author was until I saw his picture. I loved Glee and was pleasantly surprised. ❤️

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LeighDavis
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Pickpick

While this book gave me definite “The Tenth Kingdom” feelings, it was a quick and enjoyable read. I‘m a bit (a lot) ahead of the intended age range but I didn‘t find many “that‘s just not believable” or “I rolled my eyes so hard I saw the back of my head” moments. It was fun, and I‘ll be passing it down to my 10 year old nephew. #MG #fantasy

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AcaciaKC
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cerijones
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Looking forward to starting this series been wanting to read it for a while now!

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irre
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Pickpick

My daughter loves this series so I decided to listen to the first book. It was cute.

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bernadette

Started this one for bedtime reading since I see It being read by the kids at school a lot. On the second chapter and it's fun to read the school teacher decry fairy tale retellings when this book is clearly going to play with many of them.

I really need to pick up a book of the Grimm versions.

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QueenPenguin
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So far this book is good. I may have been reading to many dark books lately but I keep waiting for something bad to happen, but no. This is such a kid friendly book with an actual kid adventure. Even the bad guys are kid friendly. It has been such a long time since I have read something like this it threw me for a loop.

xxjenadanxx I loved Chris Colfer on Glee and was so pleased when he came out with these books. Welcome to Litsy! 7mo
QueenPenguin @xxjenadanxx yes, he was my favorite on the show. When I heard he wrote a series of books, I wanted to see how they were. I was not disappointed. 7mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🌸 7mo
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QueenPenguin @Eggs thanks 😊 7mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 7mo
AnneFindsJoy Welcome to Litsy 📚🤗🍀 7mo
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QueenPenguin
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"I have learned that the more people embrace their disadvantages, the less disadvantaged they become." I can't get over how much I love this sentence.

Leftcoastzen Welcome to Litsy!👋 7mo
QueenPenguin @Leftcoastzen thanks 👋😁 7mo
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JenaJenkins
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Audiobooks save the day! My 7th grade daughter was getting anxious and cranky on the way to her lacrosse practice today. So I turned on my current audiobook to distract us. Fortunately we tuned in just as the kids magically fall into their story book. Turned our frowns right upside down!

And I can already see why this series is so popular in my school. Chris Colfer has many talents!

#bookwin #landofstories #middlegrade #chriscolfer

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Amberdfoy
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ThriftBooks/YA/stolen from my daughters stack haul. I have read Wonder with her and I‘ve decided I‘m going to continue in order to keep her interested in reading. She started Number the Stars today.

DivineDiana Tuck Everlasting! ❤️ 7mo
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Mafiacisco

Enid Blyton-esque magic kingdoms always make me so happy.

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brandybear22
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“Oh mom, can‘t we just listen to this while we eat? It will be bonding. Besides I talked to you at dinner yesterday, doesn‘t that count?”

I have listened to Chris Colfer narrate almost non stop for years, between his six books (that and glee), the go to audio for my child, we‘ve even gone to listen to him read in person.

So yes, I‘d love to have more bonding experiences.

saresmoore ♥️♥️♥️ We‘re big Chris Colfer fans around here, too. 9mo
bookishkris Love me some Chris Colfer. I loved him on Glee, and I‘m so happy he‘s leveraged his acting success to get where he really wanted. I hope he keeps writing 9mo
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BethM
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Audio cleaning/cooking. Villains are just victims whose stories are untold. Interesting perspective.

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NotLiketheRoad
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TheLibrarian At least it‘s sunny here in the Burgh! 9mo
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NotLiketheRoad
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I‘ve really been jumping into this year‘s reading challenge. My goal is to read 200 books!

Find me on Goodreads!

https://www.goodreads.com/NotLiketheRoad

#goodreads #2019readingchallenge #reading #challenge #reading #challenge #books #fairytales #chriscolfer #thelandofstories #2019 #breaking200

rather_be_reading @Come-read-with-me have you read these? 2mo
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lillianj
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This is so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!! 💖💋💋💞 Trollabella has a crush on conner!!!!!!!!!!!! Trollabella is a troll and alex and conner are trapped and trollabella will only let them go if conner kisses him!!!!!!! So cute!!!!!!!!

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Kshakal
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Sace What lovely spines. 13mo
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LibrarianIn3B
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Finally starting this series after hearing about it so much from our younger patrons.

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JoScho
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Pickpick

This was the book I got so I could read it and discuss it with one of my students that loves it. It is a really fun book with a great twist on fairytales. The audio was read by the author and he did a fabulous job. If you don‘t know Chris Colfer played Kurt on Glee. This is the first in the series and I think I am going to stick with it because it is light and fun.

Skyrimir Ooh! I just snagged this one at Goodwill because the girls I babysit LOVE this series. 13mo
JoScho @Skyrimir yes! One of my students was talking about how much he loved it and said he had nobody to talk about it with so I said I would read it. It is totally fun! I hope you enjoy it. 13mo
Hollyreadsalot My kids loves that series!! 13mo
JoScho @Hollyreadsalot it is cute. I wouldn‘t have picked it up but this student is totally worth my reading time. Such a sweet kid. 13mo
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JoScho
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Made a quick stop at the library on the way home to grab the tagged book. I will never take the awesomeness of a library for granted ❤️📚

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 14mo
Leftcoastzen Isn‘t it a beautiful sight? I sometimes just stand there and appreciate it.😀 14mo
JoScho @Leftcoastzen it really is 😍 14mo
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JoScho
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One of my most favorite students was talking about this book and the series. He said he loved it so much and it sucked when you love a good book and nobody else has read it so you can‘t talk about it with anyone. Y‘all know that hit me in all the feels and I of course thought of Litsy. I told him I would read them and we could have our own little book club. Not that I have the time but seriously a kid after my own heart. Has anyone read this one?

bookishbitch Not yet but that is so sweet! 14mo
Sharpeipup I have read the first one & really enjoyed it. It‘s quite creative! 14mo
JoScho @Sharpeipup oh good to know! ❤️ 14mo
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Addison_Reads I've read all but the last one with my nephew. They are quick, fun reads. 14mo
JoScho @Addison_Reads great! Thanks 😊 14mo
JoScho @bookishbitch ❤️ 14mo
LibrarianRyan I have read the picture books that go with it. This has been on my TBR for a while. The picture books are so much fun. 14mo
zzz My daughter has one from this series but she hasn't read it yet 😕 14mo
merelybookish My daughter read the series last year and LOVED it! 14mo
Soubhiville It‘s on my TBR. I loved the author on Glee. 14mo
QuietlyLaura I listened to this on audio and it was great! I got such a kick out of Conner! 👍 14mo
JoScho @LibrarianRyan awesome. I will let you know how it is when I get to it. 14mo
JoScho @Jen_is_always_reading hopefully she will get to it soon. It comes highly recommended 😊 14mo
JoScho @Soubhiville I did not even make the connection! Yes he was awesome on Glee. 14mo
JoScho @QuietlyLaura nice! I saw it is also in scribd so I may split between audio and print. 14mo
jfalkens I just read the series this month and enjoyed them a lot! 14mo
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jfalkens
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Pickpick

Very good! I'm definitely excited to read more of Alex and Conner's adventures.

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QuietlyLaura I listened to this on audio and enjoyed it. I thought Connor was so funny! 1y
BookaholicNatty I can‘t wait to read this series it looks awesome!!!!! 1y
Paula3 Loved these books ♡ 1y
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SamanthaMarie This is a good one! I really like the first three in this series. 1y
jfalkens @SamanthaMarie did you not like the last 3? 1y
jfalkens @BookaholicNatty I made it 80 pgs last night and it was good so far. 1y
SamanthaMarie 4 was pretty good, 5 to me was terrible. I skimmed a huge chunk of it (could have been my mood or season of life?) I haven't read 6 yet because 5 really put me off, but I do want to read it. 1y
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SierraC
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The Land of Stories is magical New York Times Best Seller, MF book written by Chris Colfer, excellent for LC and IR. This book takes you on a mystical adventure of twins, Alex and Conner as they find themselves in so famous fairy tales. http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/enchanting-reader... the link above is an activity for students to rewrite famous fairytales! Not only do they get revise

SierraC But they get to make it into poems and change the role of the female leads always being a “damsel in distress”. This a fun read to add to your classroom library. My ESOL strategies are 1,12 and 24. For an ESOL student they might be confused on the concept of fairytales that are widely known in America. I will have my ESOL students incorporate their known fairytales form their country into this assignment. My UDL strategy is 2.4, I want to promote 1y
SierraC The understand of fairytales from different cultures. #UCFLAE3414SuB18 1y
Gabylaurel10 I love fairy tales! And the fact that this books revises them and gives them a new spin! I‘d love to read this book! Great post thanks for sharing! 1y
DrSpalding From what you said in class, you did not get to finish this book. It is so good! There are several more in the series! 1y
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Lizvaz11
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I have an ambitious little pile for this weekend, but I'm motoring through 📚

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AF_AF
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Lazy Saturday morning reading
#popsugar2018
#borrowedbook

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BookaholicNatty
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Thank you @JoScho for sending these two for the #Helpinghearts kids!! They will love these so much!!! Chasing Vermeer hasn‘t arrived yet but I‘m sure it will be along in a few days! These were absolutely great picks! You are just the best! ❤️❤️😍📚😘😘😘

LibrarianRyan I love Chasing Vermeer. 1y
JoScho Yay!! Are they in good shape? Sometimes Thriftbooks can be hit or miss. 1y
BookaholicNatty @JoScho perfect shape!!!!!!! 😘 1y
SqueakyChu I‘m reading Mrs. Peregrine‘s School for Peculiar Children now. It‘s really good! (edited) 1y
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Chronic_Reader
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#ReadingResolutions • May 9|Wishful • I work and volunteer with a lot of kids who have been enjoying this series. Hoping to get around to reading it soon! I love connecting with kids through common books 💙📚

TheBookKeepers This is on my son and mines wishlist too! We read together in the mornings and evenings! This series looks cute! 1y
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