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The Land of Stories

The Land of Stories

The Wishing Spell

Pre-loaded Audiobook - 2012 | Unabridged.
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Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.
Publisher: Solon, Ohio : Playaway : [Manufactured and distributed by] Findaway World, LLC, ℗2012.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781619694781
Characteristics: 1 audio media player (approximately 8 hr., 30 min.) : digital, HD audio ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.
Alternative Title: Wishing spell


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For our fan art portion, Abby drew the curvy tree from The Land of Stories. She recommends this series!

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Beaverton_Kids Oct 11, 2018

Part of the "Land of Stories" series.

CedarMill_TeenCouncil Feb 28, 2020

This story is taken in third perspective of two twin kids named Alex and Conner who are somehow connected to fairy-tale stories. They top their class with their outstanding knowledge about fairy-tales and outsmart everyone else, even the teacher. When their grandmother gifted them a fairy-tale bo... Read More »

Zainab recommends the Land of Stories series because "there are very exiting adventers." This book is "mysterious."

Selina recommends this book because: "it has a buch of fary tales in a diffret perseptive." This book is: exciting, funny, mysterious, sad, and scary.

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May 08, 2021

We were recommended this series by my eight-year-old's teacher. We enjoyed reading this first volume at bed-time. The way it weaves many classic fairy tales together is creative.

May 03, 2021

When I started reading this book I literally could not put it down! I love all the characters but I especially love froggy. I like Froggy because he is very original, I mean what is better than a fancy frog man?

Apr 19, 2021

This is just wonderful. I love it so much!

Feb 16, 2021

This book, by far, is my favourite book ever. It’s a magical read and even more magical adventure. I bought this book after reading it at the library; I’ve owned the book for over 8 years now. I laugh every time I read it but also can’t wait to read the next page. Whenever I feel down, bored or just need a book to read, I alway come back to the Wishing Spell. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a little magic book of happiness in their lives. It’s sure to become a dog-eared, worn-out favourite in a few years. 5 out of 5
@BookLover278 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Dec 02, 2020

Very Very interesting book. Cant wait to read all the books in this series.

I love this book! I love how it has all of the different fairy tales combined and how the author uses such good descriptions. I couldn't put this book down and overall, it was a spectacular book! I would recommend it to EVERYONE!

Sep 29, 2020

This old playaway only works on the right side and the left side rattles on and off.
The story plays completely though. Interesting play on fairy tales giving characters personality, it starts a series of 5 'books' that should be played in order. Great escape for even adults.

Sep 19, 2020

The Wishing Spell is an entertaining twist on the well-known fairytales, as the author Chris Colfer is able to effortlessly interconnect them. It features twins Alex and Connor Bailey as they adventure through the Land of Stories while simultaneously working their way back home. I would recommend this for elementary and middle schoolers (I read this in 5th grade myself). There’s a lot of interesting world building in this first book, but through later books the author adds on more ideas and problems, which helps it expand on the world that he describes. Colfer also brings up side-stories that will help make the reader wonder how they will ever be resolved. If you read The Wishing Spell and enjoyed it, binge-reading the entire series is a good idea!

Aug 25, 2020

This book is about twins being given a fairy-tale book by their grandmother on their birthday but they had no idea their fairy tale book would give them passage into a world where all fairytales are real. The rest of the story is about how these two siblings try to find their way home while meeting fairy-tale characters and escaping the Evil Queen. It goes into fairy-tale characters' backstories and what happened after. It gives a new twist on fairy tales and makes you think about alternate realities where stories aren’t really stories. I really enjoyed the integration of different fairytales I grew up reading about being in one book. This book took me on the journey of a lifetime. It transported me to another world and it made me feel like I was there alongside the characters.

Aug 18, 2020

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, by Chris Colfer, is an imaginative and unique story with relatable main characters, named Alex and Conner. The two characters are twins but are not very similar. Alex is very studious and loves learning,
while her brother Conner is much better at making friends. Through their grandmother's storybook, Alex and Conner are transported into a world full of fairy tale characters. In this world, however, it seems only a few years have passed
since the typical endings of the stories. For example, Cinderella is about to be a mother, and Goldilocks is a wanted criminal. Alex and Conner travel through this new world with the help of a notebook that has instructions on finding
a wishing spell to get back to their world.
This book is amazing. From the amazing plot to the relatable characters and dialogue, this book is a page-turner. I would recommend this book to kids in third grade and older. I would be able to reread this book over and over again.
I think anyone can enjoy the story since the author is amazing at creating a unique world.

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May 30, 2017

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Jul 11, 2016

Alex and Conner two twins have always been interested in fairy tales, however things take a turn in their normal lives when on their birthday their grandma gives them a book that turns out to be a portal to another world; so they go on a dangerous and daring adventure in the other world full of fairy tail creatures piecing together clues of how to get out and how it is possible they are there.

Jul 08, 2016

When Alex and Conner's Dad died they never thought they'd be happy again. Then on their 12th birthday they discover things they never dreamed possible. With a new adventure around every corner you'll never expect what to find.

Jun 26, 2016

A daring adventure in a world of fairytales

Aug 24, 2015

The book is about two kids that fall into a storybook and go on an adventure.

Jul 20, 2015

This book is about two twins who have lost their beloved story-telling father and end up with his book of stories, they get lost in the book and need to figure out how to get home. Will they make it?

Jul 16, 2015

the first book in the series!!! Alex finds out the book her grandmother gave her is the a portal that can be opened through magic. Now the twins are on a quest to find a wishing spell to go home, but is someone else on the way to find the spell too?

Jul 12, 2015

Twins Alex and Conner Bailey accidentally travel into their grandma's old book and end up in the land of stories. together they face lot's of challenges collecting the wishing spell items that might be able to bring them home. but the evil queen seems to be after the spell too and she will do anything to keep them from using it.

Jun 05, 2015

In The Land of Stories, Wishing Spell, twins Alex and Conner receive a heirloom book from their Grandmother, who is usually away travelling the "world" with her older friends. Little do they know the book contains a magical world. When Alex falls through the book, her brother jumps in too and they journey around the magical land. Through meeting a talking frog, the wicked witch, and Cinderella, The Wishing Spell is an amazing book i would recommend to any fantasy-lover.

Jul 23, 2014

it is a book about two kids who go on an amazing journey through the land of stories which is in a book there grandmother gave them

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Oct 12, 2020

"PERSONAL?! You making me an outlaw and stealing my best friend wasn't personal?!"

Apr 02, 2020

“But what the world fails to realise is a villain is just a victim whose story hasn't been told.”

Aug 20, 2019

"I've never read a book so fast!" - Jaece

Dec 03, 2015

"A Villain is just a victim whose story hasn't been told." -The evil queen. Most inspirational quote ever.

Aug 24, 2015

"Alex imagined what it would be like to be a character in her own fairy tale: the forests she'd run through, the castles she'd live in, and the creatures she'd befriend."

Jul 28, 2015

"Courage is something no one can ever take from you".

Dec 24, 2014

" I'm so glad you're alive so I can kill you myself "-Alex Bailey

Sep 11, 2014

"Someday you will be old enough to read fairy tales again."-C.S.Lewis

Aug 20, 2014

"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."

Jul 23, 2014

" you almost old enough to read fairy tales again!"

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