Book Spotlight: Flunked

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Posted: November 27, 2019

Category: Staff Picks

girl with wand and piles of booksWhat happens to the villains and troublemakers of fairytales? In Enchantasia, they are sent to the Fairy Tale Reform School (FTRS) so they can become productive members of society. The school is run by Flora, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, and is taught by other reformed villains including the Evil Queen, the Big Bad Wolf, and the Sea Witch.

12-year-old Gilly is sent to FTRS after getting caught stealing (again) in an attempt to feed her five brothers and sisters. Her parent’s cobbler trade isn’t doing very well since the Fairy Godmother started magically whipping up shoes for all the royalty.

Although Gilly has no intention of reforming, she quickly discovers that all is not as it appears at the school. There’s something sinister at play behind the syrupy sweet mission statement and flying pegasi lessons. Can Gilly and her new friends uncover the truth behind the Fairy Tale Reform School?


Flunked and the rest of the Fairy Tale Reform School series are shelved upstairs in the children’s department. Readers may also enjoy The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale and The Iron Trial by Holly Black.

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