Ideas for Learners Promoting Literacy, Inquiry, and Meaningful Learning Experiences
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Book Summary

Sophie is all pink and skincare and fluff when she befriends Agatha, the village goth girl who lives in the cemetery with her mother, who isn't exactly a witch, but she's only missing the pointed hat. Sophie is convinced she will go to the School for Good and find her prince and her happily ever after . . . until she and Agatha are both transported to the school where Agatha is placed in the School for Good and Sophie is sent to the School for Evil. It's hard to know who is more disturbed by this turn of events.
School for Good and Evil book cover
School for Good and Evil

Book Review

This story has a really interesting premise and some delightful moments - if you've ever fantasized about vengeance on the snotty, pink-clad, would-be princess - this book delivers. There is a strong girl power message, and the plot raises some interesting questions about truth and goodness. The world-building seems excessively descriptive, with extra action that isn't fully developed or necessary (although there are sequels, so that could explain it). Lots of potential, but, at 488 pages, I think it could work better without so broad a scope.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • What it Means to Be Good
  • Image; Public Perception
  • Defining Yourself
  • Growing Up
  • How You Handle Unexpected Circumstances
  • Magic

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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