The School for Good and Evil

The School for Good and Evil

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Best friends Sophie (princess wannabe) and Agatha (witchy loner) are headed (via kidnapping) to the School for Good and Evil, but their assumed destinies are reversed.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062104908
Branch Call Number: J PB CHAINAN
Characteristics: 488 pages : illustrations, color map ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Bruno, Iacopo
Alternative Title: School for Good & Evil


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Dekotah Jan 10, 2021

This is a great middle grade read and includes so many retellings and twisted versions of all the fairy tale characters you love. I love how the lines between good and evil aren't black and white and you begin to question who should be on which side. Sophie and Agatha are amazing characters and go through so much as best friends and very much so debunk the good: beautiful, bad: ugly, tropes very well.

Dec 28, 2020

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani is about two best friends,
Sophie and Agatha who are the complete opposites of each other. Sophie believes
that she will go to the School for Good due to her princess-like appearance, while
her friend Agatha will go to the School for Evil. When they both are switched, and
Sophie ends up in the School for Evil and Agatha ends up in the School for Good,
they both go on a journey where they discover who they truly are. I really like how
engrossing this book was, and would definitely recommend it to everyone, because
of how it teaches the reader to never judge a book by its cover, or never judge
someone’s personality based on their appearance.

Dec 27, 2020

I read this book when I was twelve and just reread it now at sixteen. It’s still great! When I was younger, this book defenitely thought me a good lesson, debunking the good=pretty and evil=ugly stereotypes. Reading the story now, I almost got the impression that Agatha and Sophie were in love with each other in a more than friendship way?... Agatha definitely proves that she doesn’t need a prince to take care of her even though she still has her own little love story. But the way she thinks and her insistance on saving Sophie lead me to think that she might be gay. From how the other books go I can tell that this isn’t the way the story was supposed to be interpreted but it is a bit confusing if you’re open minded and end up seeing the characters in that way...

Nov 13, 2020

best book ever!!!!

Nov 01, 2020

The School for Good and Evil features the two characters Sophie and Agatha. Both of them are polar opposites: Sophie being well-dressed and fresh-faced, and Agatha refusing to wear anything but black and not hesitating to give a sarcastic comment. At first glance, it would make sense that Sophie goes into the School for Good, and Agatha in Evil, but chaos ensues when they supposedly get switched. Near the beginning of the story, I was convinced that their personalities would be stereotypical and uninteresting, but I was pleasantly surprised that their characters developed quite well. The plot is entertaining and fast-paced, quickly flowing from one event to the next. Although this is the first installment of the series, it reads fine as a standalone, but it does end with a minor cliffhanger. In general, I would mainly recommend this for middle-schoolers who enjoy fairytales with a more dramatic twist.

Oct 19, 2020

I loved this book and would suggest it to anyone who loves fantasy, comedy, and/or a slight touch of romance.

Oct 07, 2020

The school for good and evil is an amazing read, the tale of Sophie and Agatha re-flamed my love for fairy tales. The first book retells the tropes of all the fantasies and fairy tales nearly perfectly, and wacked them on they head until they showed their true self. The charmingly beautiful Sophie showed her evil pretty soon, her disdain of all the ugly kids exposed her real nature, but she showed perfectly how our childhood reading materials is not the best suited for children.

Agatha is less of a open book, she is a real grounded girl with many insecurities, and the kids in school of villains are much better written and more entertaining to read. Agatha seemed more like a real girl, rather than a traditional kind protagonist but in a ugly skin.

The ending of the book is the the absolute best, I like how the girls valued their friendship and their families more than the shining prince, and the headmaster is such a good surprise villain.

BostonPL_JordanD Sep 17, 2020

I have to admit, it's been a few years since I read this, but it has stuck with me! This is a story that might seem shallow on the surface, but dive underneath the water and you realize just how deep the mountains... er... themes... go. Nothing is ever black and white here, as the story unfolds we see just how grey the world really is. Our two protagonists begin to learn the true magic of friendship along the way and that there's more to life than romance with a prince. Yes, it's deep, but it's also a lot of fun. If you like Disney movies, or have ever dreamed of being a prince or princess, or maybe a knight in shining armor, this is the school... er... book... for you!

Aug 31, 2020

Soman Chainani
Although I read this book and the other books a few years ago, it's a book series that left an impression on me. In the beginning, it looks like a simple fairytale story with the fair princess type character and the dark witch type character stuck in schools where they, based on physical appearance and demeanor, don't belong. The twists and turns of this story is intriguing. Chainani does an amazing job of world-building and character development. Many people compare this book series to the cartoon show "Ever After High", but this story is way more grim and real than the cartoon show. It explores human nature and how humanity has this constant struggle between good and evil, internally and externally. I recommend kids 10 and up to read this book. it's a book that both boys and girls can enjoy. It is an interesting take on fairy tales that many of us have read as a child.

LoganLib_Zoe Aug 14, 2020

What a great book! So crazy and amazing! There were so many plot twists. I wasn’t expecting the ending at all and now I’m even more curious to find out what happens next

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Nov 27, 2020

"Agatha whipped to the girls. "We have to help them!"
"There's no point," Millicent mewled.
"Look at us," said Reena.
"We have nothing to fight for," Beatrix sniffled.
"You have Good to fight for!" Agatha cried as rats devoured the boys' weapons. "It doesn't matter how you look."
"Easy for you to say," said Beatrix. "You're still pretty."
"Our towers aren't Fair and Lovely!" Agatha lambasted. "They're Valor and Honor! That's what Good is, you stupid cowards!"" - The School for Good and Evil

Nov 27, 2020

"Climbing up the Legends Obelisk, Chaddick and Nicholas considered portraits of past Evergirls.
"Rapunzel was a 4 at best," said Chaddick, hanging off a brick like a mountaineer. "But this Martine was a solid 9."
"Too bad she ended up a horse," said Nicholas.
"Wait until they put Agatha up on the wall. She'll end up a - "
"What? What will I end up?"
Chaddick turned to Agatha. He gawped open - mouthed.
"A cat?" Agatha grinned. "I seem to have eaten your tongue."" - The School for Good and Evil

Nov 26, 2020

"Ball Week got off to dress a bizarre start when Professor Anemone pranced in ten minutes late, wearing a white swan - feather dress with a high rump and scandalously short hem, along with purple panty hose, sparkly garters, and a crown that could have been an upside - down chandelier.
"Behold, true Ball elegance," she preened, caressing her tail feathers. "A good thing boys cannot ask me to the Ball, or many of you would lose your princes!"
She basked in her students' stares. "Yes, isn't it divine. I was told by Empress Vasilia that this is all the rage in Putsi."
"Putsi? Where is Putsi?" Kiko whispered.
"Home to a lot of angry swans," said Beatrix." - The School for Good and Evil

Nov 26, 2020

"Good burst into a chant of "EVERS RULE! EVERS RULE! EVERS - "
"ARE STUPID ARROGANT FOOLS!" Castor boomed, and the Evers shut up." - The School for Good and Evil

Oct 07, 2020

"If you want to talk to me, you can wait in line with everyone else." - Sophie

May 17, 2020

"It's not what we are, Sophie. It's what we do." (482)

May 17, 2020

H: "When I look in the mirror, I look like a villain."
S: "Probably means you're a villain."
H: "Dad told me villains can't love, no matter what. That it's unnatural and disgusting...So I definitely can't love...But if I could love, I'd love you." (294)

May 17, 2020

"You don't ever get over love...Even if they steal your room and your pajamas." (361)

May 17, 2020

"Beauty can only fight truth so long..." (373)

May 17, 2020

"EXCUSE me? I'm just following YOUR rules. FLAUNT my assets, which are many, as you can see. Speak through ACTIONS---have I said a WORD to Tedros? No. Haven't. And lest forget, PARADE competing suitors. Do you know what it takes to survive lunch with Hort? To nuzzle that rodent every time I see Tedros looking? EUCALYPTUS, Agatha. I NUMB my nose with eucalyptus." (251)

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Nov 09, 2016

Sophie was always the great princess. Agatha not so much her mother was a witch and thinking it is there story they get swept in. Agatha gets dropped off into magical fairy world while Sophie gets dropped off at a dark smelly witch place! can the two make things better before things go horribly wrong?

Jul 16, 2015

this is what Sophie has dreamed for her entire life to be a princess, and Agnes a witch, but does it seem their dreams are reversed?

Jun 09, 2015

Sophie has always wanted to be a fairy tale princess. While her best friend, Agatha just wants to try and live a normal life in her small house near the graveyard. Sophie's wish instantly comes true when she and Agatha are both taken to the School for Good and Evil. But their futures are reversed, Sophie is in the school for evil and Agatha who is suppose to be a witch, is in good.

Aug 13, 2014

In the forest primeval A school for good and evil Two towers like twin heads One for the pure One for the wicked Try to escape you'll always fail The only way out is through a fairy tale. In the village of Gavaldon, Sophie with her long golden hair, perfect complexion, and good deeds seems the perfect fit for the school for good. Her friend agatha with shapeless black dresses and dislike for everyone seems the perfect fit for the school for evil. That night both girls are taken to the school. But the bird drops agatha in the school for enlightenment and enchantment and Sophie in the school for evil edification and propagation of sin. Is this a huge mistake? Or where they truly belong.

Aug 09, 2014

Sophie is a princess. She has long golden locks and perfect skin. All the result of two hours of vigorous extensive grooming and preening. And of course she does many good deeds like befriending the which who lives in the graveyard. She does all this so that she will go to the school for good, meet her prince, and have her very own fairytale. To her delight, almost as soon as she arrives, her fairytale begins.

But what if this isn't her fairytale?
What if Sophie isn't a princess after all?

Jan 07, 2014

A small shrivled girl who wears black and has vicious bird decapitating pet cat called Reaper is best friends with the most gorgeous girl in the town of Gavaldon. While the pretty princess Sophie dreams of being swept away by the School Master to end her dull life and begin a fairy tale one, Agatha the darker one is content to stay where she is - hoping to live just an 'ordinary' life. All this changes the night a masked shadow creeps into town and kidnaps Sophie! Running with all her might, Agatha catches up and latches on, refusing to let go and demanding her friend back, but is ignored by the figure. Soon after they find themselves in the clutches of a giant bony bird who flies them over to the schools for good and evil. As he hovers over the the school for good first, Sophie thinks her wish is about to come true, but then the bird drops Agatha instead. Sophie watches in horror as the bird then hovers over the school for evil, and release's his gripon her, sending Sophie plummeting into her worst nightmare.


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May 16, 2020

Sexual Content: -Sexism (fairytale version)

Aug 09, 2014

Other: This book is very awesome. (it may be to awesome, watch out! :)

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