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Soman Chainani

The School For Good and Evil

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade

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The School for Good and Evil

  • Genre: Fiction; middle grade; fantasy; adventure
  • Originally Published: 2013
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 830L; grades 5-7
  • Structure/Length: 29 chapters; approximately 544 pages; approximately 13 hours, 45 minutes on audio
  • Protagonist/Central Conflict: The story follows best friends Sophie and Agatha at the School for Good and Evil, a mythical institution where children are trained to become fairy tale heroes or villains. Sophie, who dreams of a prince and happy endings, believes she's meant for the School for Good, while Agatha, with her black dresses and wicked cat, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil. When they are placed in opposite schools, their friendship is tested, and they must confront their preconceived notions about good and evil.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Peril and danger; themes of friendship conflicts; mild violence

Soman Chainani, Author

  • Bio: Born 1979; American author and filmmaker; graduated from Harvard University; his debut novel, The School for Good and Evil, was his first foray into children's literature and launched a successful series; explores themes of fairy tales, identity, and the blurred lines between good and evil in his work
  • Other Works: A World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil Book 2, 2014); The Last Ever After (The School for Good and Evil Book 3, 2015); Quests for Glory (The School for Good and Evil: The Camelot Years Book 1, 2017)