The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell brings readers on a thrilling quest filled with magic spells, laugh-out-loud humor, and page-turning adventure.
Alex and Conner Bailey’s
world is about to change.
hen the twins’ grandmother gives them a treasured fairy tale book, they have no idea they’re about to enter a land beyond all imagining: the Land of Stories, where fairy tales are real.
But as Alex and Conner soon discover, the stories they know so well haven’t ended in this magical land—Goldilocks is a wanted fugitive, Red Riding Hood has her own kingdom, and Queen Cinderella is about to become a mother!
The twins want to get back home. But with the legendary Evil Queen hot on their trail, will they ever find the way?
THE LAND OF STORIES
hey couldn’t believe what they were seeing. A huge cavalcade of soldiers on white horses rode past them. Their armor was clean and shiny. They carried green-and-silver shields with large red apples painted on them and waved flags with the same design.
“Alex, did we go back in time?” Conner anxiously asked his sister. “That looks like something straight out of medieval times!”
The pencils were all obliterated under the horses’ hooves. The soldiers were moving at such a fast and forceful pace that none of them noticed the awestruck twins peeking out from behind the tree.
Alex was fixated on their shields. A red apple was such an odd thing to be displayed on a shield, but there was something so familiar about it. She couldn’t put her finger on it.
The rumbling slowly faded away as the soldiers disappeared down the dirt path. The twins both stayed behind the tree for a few moments, making sure the coast was clear. “I don’t know about you, but I’ve had about as much excitement as I can handle for one day,” Conner told Alex.
A poster pinned to a nearby tree caught Alex’s eye. She walked over to it and pulled it off the tree for further inspection. It was old, with faded writing, and a picture of a disgruntled-looking little girl with curly blonde hair was centered on it. The poster read:
Alex’s face went white, and she stopped breathing for a moment; she had realized where they were. No wonder the trees had been so recognizable. She had seen pictures of them so many times growing up. The book had taken them to the exact place she had hoped.
“Is it possible?” she asked herself. The wheels in her head had never spun as fast as they were now.
“Is what possible?” Conner asked. “Do you know where we are?”
“I think so,” Alex told him.
“Where?” Conner asked, fearing the answer.
“Conner, we went into the book,” she explained, but he wasn’t following her. “I think we’re actually in the Land of Stories.”
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popular quotes: readers' favorite lines from the land of stories
‘Cinderella’ is not about a man saving a woman, it’s about karma!”–Alex Bailey on her interpretation of the popular fairy-tale
“Maybe if his parents had kept an eye on him, he wouldn’t have been eaten. I think the story is trying to tell us to keep an eye on our kids, especially if they’re pathological liars.”–Conner Bailey on "The Boy Who Cried Wolf"
“My most educated analysis, with all means of science and technology in mind, is that it’s magic,” Alex said. “There’s no other possible explanation!”*–Alex Bailey to her brother Conner after the book their grandmother gave them starts to glow, hum and dispense sounds of birds chirping *Chris Colfer's FAVORITE quote!
“We’re sorry!” Alex finally managed to say. “It’s just that, where we’re from there aren’t many . . . um . . . frog people? Sorry if that isn’t the politically correct term for what you are!”–Alex Bailey on meeting Froggy for the first time
“Why do fairies always just show up and do nice things for people they don’t know?”–Conner Bailey interrupting his father's story
“I was just thinking,” Conner said. “Alice went to Wonderland after she fell into a rabbit hole. Dorothy’s whole house was scooped up by a tornado that dropped her off in Oz. The Narnia kids traveled through an old wardrobe. . . and we ended up in the fairy-tale world by falling through a book.”
“Where are you going with this, Conner?” Alex said.
“I’m just saying, it’s kind of lame compared to the others,” Conner said with another sigh.
“Why do you want your victims chubby, anyway? Wouldn’t it be healthier if they were muscular and fit? If you ask me,” Conner continued, “you should turn your gingerbread house into a gingerbread gym and health club!”–Conner Bailey to the witch who tried to eat Hansel & Gretel
“Being a queen has to have some perks, though, right?” Conner asked. “No more scrubbing floors or dancing with cleaning supplies or talking to mice.”–Conner Bailey after meeting Cinderella