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Beyond the Kingdoms

Beyond the Kingdoms

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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"The Masked Man possesses a powerful magic potion that turns every book it touches into a portal, and he is recruiting an army of literature's greatest villains! So begins a race through the magical Land of Oz, the fantastical world of Neverland, the madness of Wonderland, and beyond. Can twins Alex and Conner catch up to the Masked Man?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316406895
0316406899
9780316406871
0316406872
9780316406888
9780316406864
Characteristics: 419 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Dorman, Brandon - Illustrator

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Against the will of their grandmother, twins Alex and Conner must find their own way into the Land of Stories to rescue their mother and save the fairy tale world from the greatest threat it has ever faced--the return of the Enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty.


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WoodneathLaura
May 08, 2021

My child and I enjoyed this second book in the Land of Stories series. Alex and Conner are a little older and make important choices as they journey back to the Land of Stories in an effort to save their mother.

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SkokieBiblioAdult2
Apr 28, 2021

Great Book!

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pink_panda_3341
Mar 14, 2021

A year ago, when I had access to the school library, I used to read this book every other week. Not exaggerating. These stories are amazing and I developed a love for fairytales just by reading this book.

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Nabs123
Mar 13, 2021

love it

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robinaleita
Mar 04, 2021

i love this book!! * *
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Ebstar
Feb 20, 2021

Awful. Firstly, Colfer might be creative, but he's childish. Be descripitive, but don't be lame. Reccomended for babies. Now look here, there's way better books than this. Colfer, I know you're passionate about writing, but this...is babyish. The real fairytales were much darker. Are you paying attention to Disney? They're going to misguide you. But, even Disney's better. You like this book? I think you'll like Grimmtasic Girls better. Colfer, you need a better climax, rising point, and more touching vocabulary. You don't need to be stylish and princessish... but don't be childish, either. I don't think this deserves to be a bestseller.

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keerthananoru
Feb 12, 2021

In the 5th Land of Stories Book; an Author's Odyssey is so fascinating! The twins are still fighting against the Masked Man, and don’t know what to do. They realize they can go into some of the stories Connor has written to collect an army of characters to fight against the Masked Man and his army. While there is so much chaos going on something else is happening which can change both worlds forever. I think this idea, and concept is so cool! I wish I could travel to any book that I want to go to. This book kept me on my toes as I was dying to figure out what happens next. Some new characters are introduced into this story and they all have different personalities which makes the story even more entertaining. I would recommend this book to ages 8+!

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keerthananoru
Feb 05, 2021

In the 4th Land of Stories book; Beyond the Kingdoms the Masked Man is on the loose. Alex has been thrown off of the fairy council so no one believes Alex and Connor when they say the Masked Man is dangerous. This is a huge problem because the Masked Man has a potion that turns every book it touches into a portal. He is making an army of the worst villains in every story. Alex, Connor, and some of their friends must catch up to the Masked Man before it’s too late. I love the plot twist this story has when they figure out who the Masked Man is. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves fiction. It is so entertaining to read and the story doesn’t drag on.

I LOVE this series! I love how the author includes all of the fairy tales and I love how descriptive he is! I love (in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th books) that he puts a little or a lot (depends on which book you are reading) of love in it. I love all of the adventure there is and I would recommend this series to ANYONE!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 24, 2020

The Enchantress Returns is the second book in the Land of Stories series. The Land of Stories has been one of my favorite series for years. While I wouldn’t recommend it to teens in general, it would be good for thirteen and fourteen year olds. This book is great. It focuses more on how fairy tale characters react to new villains. That is more interesting to read about than just their happily ever afters. I still loved reading about that in the first book but this book shows you more about the fairy tale characters then the first one. I would absolutely recommend this book. 4/5 stars
@ToastieTaco of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

When the twins and their friends join worlds formed by Conner 's imagination, discovering allies that no one else could ever think of, the race begins to put an end to the reign of terror of the Masked Man. The Author's Odyssey kept me hooked until the end, it was a very good and interesting reading, the storey was beautifully written in a clear style and tone and descriptive efficiency that didn't slow down the pace. The Odyssey of the Author was original and well written. An outstanding addition to thisAn Author's Odyssey had standard tropes delivered with a smooth writing style. I recommend this book to anyone because it is a joy to read. 4/5 stars
@BullahJee of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

“An Author’s Odyssey”, Book #5 of the “Land of Stories” series, written by Chris Colfer, is where the spotlight is finally on Connor. In an attempt to save both worlds, Alex and Connor set out on a journey to recruit characters from Connor’s stories to fight against the army of the masked man. I can’t believe the turn that this story has taken. Alex and Connor have gone from being ordinary sixth graders to potential saviours of both the Land of Stories as well as Earth, and that is what I personally enjoy in this series. I love books that have twists and cliffhangers such as the ones in this series because that is what makes a story entertaining and not boring to read, which is why I would definitely recommend this series to all teens. Yes this series is quite long, but it is all worth it in the end! I give this book a 4.5 out of 5.
@Rose of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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FREDDIE ZHANG
Nov 04, 2018

Alex and Connor went back to the land of stories and the enchantress(Ezmia, from the sleeping beauty and beauty and the beast story)returns. She used vines to trap Queen Cinderella, Queen Snow, Queen Rapunzal, Queen Sleeping Beauty, Queen Red Riding Hood, Queen Trobella, the fairy council, the kings, Alex and Connor's mom Charlotte, their grandmother and Connor. Alex was left alone to finish fighting the Enchantress. Read the book to find out if Alex succeeded.

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Unicorn_Girl
Apr 12, 2017

Alex and Connor went back to the land of stories and the enchantress(Ezmia, from the sleeping beauty and beauty and the beast story)returns. She used vines to trap Queen Cinderella, Queen Snow, Queen Rapunzal, Queen Sleeping Beauty, Queen Red Riding Hood, Queen Trobella, the fairy council, the kings, Alex and Connor's mom Charlotte, their grandmother and Connor. Alex was left alone to finish fighting the Enchantress. Read the book to find out if Alex succeeded.

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orange_dog_2988
Jul 12, 2016

Alex and conner try to escape from their house over to the land of stories to save their world and the fairy tail world from an evil threat. they soon learn more about this threat from hidden clues, and make an attempt to destroy it. who knows if they will be succesful or be the Slave's of this evil threat.

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angelicaM3
Jul 16, 2015

this is the newest book! Conner and Alex find out the masked man is their uncle, not father and is ending up recruiting criminals from fairy tales. Is it too late to save everyone ?

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angelicaM3
Jul 16, 2015

this is the second book in the series where an evil woman called the Enchantress tries to take over the fairy tale world and has kidnapped the fairy godmothers daughter in law. Due to this it is up to Conner and Alex to save this wold and the fairy tale one. Will it be to late?

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GwenOfNVDPL
Aug 20, 2014

Alex and Conner Bailey travel once again the Land of Stories to save their mother… Unlike before, it is in a state of peril. The Evil Enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty is back and has wicked plans for the world. She has kidnapped their mother. Alex and Conner must create the Wand of Wonderment to destroy her. Can they do it? Or will the Enchantress win?

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areeba107
Jul 04, 2014

alex and conner bailey have traveled once again to the land of stories to save their mother from the evil enchantress will they defeat her? or will the enchantress win?

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navy_dolphin_926
Mar 09, 2019

"I wish dad were here" alex

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navy_dolphin_926
Mar 09, 2019

"I wish dad were here" alex

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readingfairy
Apr 17, 2018

"If you notice the pages glowing, followed by an inviting humming noise, don't be afraid! That is just the book's magic. But whatever you do, don't lean too far into the book. You never know where you might end up."
~ Introduction by the fairy godmother.

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lLoveAnimaIs
Dec 31, 2015

"It's better to be the hero of your own story than a villain in someone else's."- The newly good evil stepmother

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uwairolg
Jul 12, 2015

" The evil Enchantress who tried killing Sleeping Beauty is back? yes Mother Goose said. Her name is Ezmia, and she has your Mother..."

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readingfairy1
Jun 18, 2017

Other: Ends with cliffhanger!

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