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Goldilocks is a wanted criminal, Rumplestiltskin is a brother to the Seven Dwarfs, and Little Red Riding Hood is a queen in her very own kingdom.  These are a just a few of the amazing twists in the modern day fairy-tale adventure series The Land of Stories.

Written by Chris Colfer, best known as the beloved character Kurt Hummel on the television show GleeThe Land of Stories series introduces us to twin brother and sister Conner and Alex Bailey.  On their twelfth birthday, they are gifted with a book that has been in their family for a long time – a special collection of fairy-tales.  Through the powers of the book, they 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.

A Grimm Warning is Book #3 in the series and continues the story of Alex and Conner who are now living in the two distinct and different worlds introduced in the first novel.  After successfully defeating the Enchantress in Book #2, Alex remains in the Fairy-Tale world training to become the next Fairy Godmother and lead the Fairy Council.  Conner has returned to his regular life in the Otherworld believing his fairy-tale adventures are behind him.  However when Conner comes across a mysterious clue left by the Brothers Grimm, it becomes clear that he has yet another harrowing quest before him.  With new threats of both dragons and an unknown masked man, A Grimm Warning will not disappoint those who loved the quick-paced action in the first two books.  

I highly recommend these books to students in Grade 4 to 6, especially those who enjoy fairytales, fantasy, and/or adventure stories.  Be sure to keep an eye out for the fourth book which is set to be released in 2015.

 

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