The book is about twins Alex and Conner, who couldn’t be more different. Alex is an incredibly smart and perceptive bookworm, who most of her classmates resent and tease because of it. Conner is completely laid-back and is constantly falling asleep in class, but never lacks for friends. The twins’ dad died in a car accident about a year ago, and they had to sell their house. Their mother takes double shifts at the hospital to pay for the growing number of overdue bills, and can’t see her children as much as she would like. So the whole family is dealing with a lot. For their twelfth birthday, the twins receive the book their paternal grandmother always read to them growing up, . They quickly learn that this is not the average book, as the fall into it and end up in another world. Once they arrive there, Alex does not want to leave, but feels she owes it to her brother to try. So they set out on a quest to find the mythical Wishing Spell, by following a map and journal, and meet many famous fairy-tale characters along the way. The only problem with this quest is that they’re not the only ones trying to find the items for the Wishing Spell, so the twins have to get there first. Will the twins ever be able to make it home? Recommended for ages 9-13, 3 ½ stars.
Parents need to know that The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, by 's Chris Colfer (who plays Kurt Hummel), is warm and heartfelt, as well as imaginative. Twins Alex and Conner are transported to the world of fairy tales, in which they meet such characters as Goldilocks, Cinderella, and Snow White, all living new lives and playing a role in helping the kids get home. There's some fleeting danger to the kids at the hands of assorted villains, from wolves to the Evil Queen, and a number of wicked characters come to a violent but not graphically described end.
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell offers strong messages about how family members love and support one another, despite their differences, and how those differences and special qualities help the kids confront new situations. Different characters come to the rescue in unexpected and ingenious ways.
Chris Colfer is a Golden Globe-winning actor best known for his role as "Kurt Hummel" on "Glee." He was recently honored as a member of the 2011 TIME 100, "Time Magazine"'s annual list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. "The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell" is his first novel.
Normal twins Alex and Connor Bailey are given a book called the Land of Stories by their Grandma. Little do they know that soon they will be in this world. When they get to the Land of Stories their first thought is how to get home. So they go on the greatest scavenger hunt of their lives to collect all of the items for a mysterious Wishing Spell. But there's also someone else in the Wishing Spell race someone who wants to ensure the Baileys never get home. Dont put it down because it looks all fairy taleish. Best book in a long time.