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Fairy Tale Reform School Series, Book 1
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Would you send a villain to do a hero's job?Flunked is an exciting new twisted fairy tale from the award-winning author of the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series. "Charming fairy-tale fun."...
Would you send a villain to do a hero's job?Flunked is an exciting new twisted fairy tale from the award-winning author of the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series. "Charming fairy-tale fun."...
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  • Would you send a villain to do a hero's job?

    Flunked is an exciting new twisted fairy tale from the award-winning author of the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series. "Charming fairy-tale fun." –Sarah Mlynowski, author of the New York Times bestselling Whatever After series.

    Gilly wouldn't call herself wicked, exactly...but when you have five little brothers and sisters and live in a run-down boot, you have to get creative to make ends meet. Gilly's a pretty good thief (if she does say so herself).

    Until she gets caught.

    Gilly's sentenced to three months at Fairy Tale Reform School where all of the teachers are former (super-scary) villains like the Big Bad Wolf, the Evil Queen, and Cinderella's Wicked Stepmother. Harsh. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla, she learns there's more to this school than its heroic mission. There's a battle brewing and Gilly has to wonder: can a villain really change?

    "Fairy Tale Reform School is spellbinding and wickedly clever. Gilly is smart, spunky, and a hilarious narrator, and I cannot wait to read about her next adventure!" –Leslie Margolis, author of the Annabelle Unleashed novels and the Maggie Brooklyn mysteries

    "Fairy Tale Reform School is a fresh and funny take on the enchanted world. (And who hasn't always wanted to know what happened to Cinderella's stepmother?)" –Julia DeVillers, author of the Trading Faces identical twin series and Emma Emmets, Playground Matchmaker

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    Happily Ever After Scrolls

    Brought to you by FairyWeb-magically appearing on scrolls throughout Enchantasia for the past ten years!

    Fairy Tale Reform School Celebrates Its Fifth Anniversary!

    by Beatrice Beez

    Poison apples, the sleeping curse, becoming a wolf's supper-five years ago, the citizens of Enchantasia quaked in fear at such evildoing. Well, no more! Thanks to one formerly despised villain, wickedness and criminal behavior are being wiped off the map.

    "In the days following Cinderella's wedding, no one would even sell me a loaf of bread," says Flora, the princess's stepmother. Yes, that Flora. The one and only stepmonster who used Cinderella as unpaid help and tried to trick the prince into marrying one of her other daughters.

    After Cinderella's misfortune became public, Flora was mortified. "I did some wicked things after Cinderella's-pardon me, Princess Ella's-father died," says Flora. "I was a terrible example for my two daughters. If we wanted to show our faces in Enchantasia again, I knew we had to change-especially me. From that revelation, FTRS was born."

    Fairy Tale Reform School is the education program for the wicked and criminally mischievous that Flora created. It has won praise from Princess Ella herself for its success in turning villains into productive members of society. "Flora's transformation is astonishing," Princess Ella told Happily Ever After Scrolls exclusively. "I look forward to seeing their good works continue."

    The school's roster of former students turned teachers is huge! There's the Wolf (the esteemed Professor Xavier Wolfington teaches history), the Sea Witch (Madame Cleo is FTRS's etiquette expert) and the Evil Queen (Professor Harlow teaches psychology and runs group therapy sessions).

    "Thanks to our teachings, crime in Enchantasia has dropped to an all-time low," Flora says proudly. Since it opened, FTRS has welcomed more than five hundred gnomes, trolls, dwarfs, elves, mer-folk, and other fairy-tale students into its dormitories for grades six through twelve at its campus on the outskirts of Enchantasia near the Hollow Woods.

    To celebrate FTRS's fifth anniversary, profiles of FTRS's teachers will be magically popping up on Happily Ever After Scrolls in the coming weeks. Check your scrolls often for more coverage!

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 26, 2015
    Calonita (the Belles series) blithely samples from fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and folklore in this lighthearted first book in the Fairy Tale Reform School series. Gilly is the 12-year-old daughter of a poor cobbler who lives in a boot, and she has a habit of stealing to support her family. But Gilly’s petty thefts result in her being shipped off to the Fairy Tale Reform School, founded by Cinderella’s formerly wicked stepmother in an effort to eradicate evil from the kingdom of Enchantasia and “turn wicked delinquents and former villains into future heroes.” The stakes are already high for Gilly—while she’s trapped at the FTRS, she’s anxious about how her family will make ends meet—before she becomes embroiled in a plot within the school, which may affect several of the reformed fairy-tale instructors. Recognizable fairy-tale characters abound (profiles of the school’s instructors, like Xavier Wolfington, the wolf from Little Red Riding Hood, appear throughout), and questions of whether goodness or badness run to the core of a person leave readers with plenty to consider. Ages 10–12.

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