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FAIREST OF ALL by Sarah Mlynowski


From the Whatever After series, volume 1

by Sarah Mlynowski

Age Range: 9 - 12

Pub Date: May 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-545-40330-6
Publisher: Scholastic

A magic mirror, a slightly bossy sister and her inquisitive 7-year-old brother captivate in this rollicking remake of a classic fairy tale.

An aspiring judge, 10-year-old Abby especially likes fairy tales' clarity; in fairy tales, “good is good, and bad is bad.” However, Abby’s orderly world is overturned when her brother Jonah accidentally awakens the eerie mirror in the basement of their new home.  Suddenly, they find themselves in Snow White’s world—just in time to valiantly foil the evil queen’s poisoned-apple plot. This is cause for celebration until they realize that now “Snow” no longer requires rescuing by the prince. Comical misadventures ensue as the pragmatic Abby and exuberant Jonah attempt to resolve their dilemma, with many surprises along the way. Mlynowski blends elements from the traditional tale with the Disney movie version and adds her own modern twist. The result is an uproariously funny read. The swift pace of the tale and non-stop action combined with Abby’s quick wit will enchant readers from the first page.

While Snow’s story is satisfactorily settled, the author leaves enough beguiling mysteries to keep readers eagerly anticipating the siblings' next adventure. (Fantasy. 9-12)