The Land of Stories follows the story of twins Alex and Conner Bailey as they fall through a magical book into another dimension where all the famous fairy-tale characters live. Publisher's summary : "Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, the 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. The twins want to get back home. But with the legendary Evil Queen hot on their trail, will they ever find the way? Epigraph : "Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again.
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The Land of Stories is a series of children's fiction , adventure and fantasy books written by American author, actor and singer Chris Colfer. The first book, The Wishing Spell , was released on July 17, The sixth and final book was published in July During a live video chat, Colfer said that he is working on a prequel series.
The first book in the series, The Wishing Spell was published on July 17, A year and 9 months have gone by since twins Alex and Conner Bailey suffered the tragic loss of their father. Their mother is trying to balance her job and her family after her husband, John Bailey, was killed in a car accident. On Alex and Conner's twelfth birthday, their grandmother gives them a very old book from Alex and Conner's childhood, which Alex later realises mysteriously glows, hums and also that things disappear into it.
Against Conner's advice to throw the book away, Alex keeps the book and eventually reaches into it. Conner barges in to stop Alex from going in the book, but Alex loses her balance because she was shocked and falls into the book. Conner jumps in as well to go after Alex. They find out the book is a portal to the fairy-tale world. There, they meet Froggy, a man turned into a frog. Froggy gives them a journal that tells of the Wishing Spell, a spell that can grant whatever wish the person wants if the person has eight items.
In order to get back to their world, Alex and Conner must find the items that they need to complete the Wishing Spell. But bad news quickly follows. They later meet another person who was later identified as the Huntsman's daughter.
Alex and Conner realize that the Huntsman's daughter is working for the Evil Queen to get the Wishing spell as well, and worse, since the Wishing Spell can only be used twice, and the author of the journal about the Wishing Spell had already used it once, it could be only used once more, yet there are two contestants. The Evil Queen gets this message from her magic mirror as well, so there begins a desperate race to get the Wishing Spell.
While they are getting the ingredients for the Wishing spell, Alex and Conner come across many tales that their father had once told them. After a while, they have to face the conclusion that their father came from the Fairytale World Finally, when Alex and Conner get all the items for the Wishing Spell, the Evil Queen kidnaps them and takes the items, and goes to her hiding place, in the north of the Sleeping Kingdom.
There, Conner tries to prevent the Evil Queen from using the Wishing Spell by smashing the container of fairy tears, one of the items needed in the Wishing Spell. The Evil Queen tells them the story of where she came from. When the Evil Queen was little, she was named Evly, and she was a very kind and caring girl.
She met Mira a young boy, and she falls in love with him, but the Enchantress captured her and stopped her from meeting Mira. Evly tried to send secret messages to Mira, but the Enchantress found out and imprisoned Mira in a mirror. Evly later killed the Enchantress, but she couldn't do anything to bring Mira back until she found out about the Wishing Spell.
By then, Alex is in tears. Mira is freed from the magic mirror, but he was almost already dead. Just then the rescue team, led by Froggy, arrived. Mira died in Evly's arms, and they are both swallowed up by the mirror when it falls.
In the fighting that follows, the Huntsman and his daughter are killed, and Alex and Conner are rescued. Froggy is found to be the long-lost Prince Charlie from the Charming Kingdom, and Alex and Conner learn that their grandmother is the Fairy Godmother, who is capable of making portals between the Otherworld and the fairy-tale world, and the journal is written by the man who had successfully completed the Wishing Spell years before was written by their father: therefore, Alex and Conner are a part fairy.
Alex and Conner get back to their mother through a portal made by their grandmother into the Otherworld after Cinderella's child's christening. The Enchantress Returns is the second book in the series and was published on August 6, Alex heads home after attending school and finds her brother Conner, who is worried because their mother has yet to come home from work.
He also found a romantic note to their mother from a surgeon she worked with named Dr. Bob, who brought them a puppy. When Charlotte comes home, Alex and Conner ask if Charlotte really has a boyfriend. Their mother tells them that it's true. Later on, Bob goes to see the twins and tells them about his plan to propose to their mother. He shows them the ring, which has two large diamonds on it, one pink and one blue to represent the twins. When Bob asks the twins for permission about the proposal, Conner and Alex decide that this would make both Bob and their mom happy, so they agree.
All three then decided to surprise Charlotte with a special dinner at the Bailey house the next Thursday at six. Alex returns home as quickly as she can from a course she was taking at a community college, and Bob tells the people he works with at the hospital to keep Charlotte busy so she won't come home early. The twins' mother, Charlotte Bailey, doesn't show up on time, but another nurse at the hospital says that she had left two hours ago.
They then hear a mysterious knock at the door and a bunch of fairy tale soldiers from the Charming Kingdom barge in. Bob was originally doubtful but he later accepts that the Fairy Tale world exists. The twins' grandmother, the Fairy Godmother, enters and explains that their mother was kidnapped. While their grandmother attends to her own business, Xanthous a member of the Fairy Council and Sir Lampton their father's old friend watch over them until Mother Goose takes over babysitting the twins.
Later, Alex gives Mother Goose bubbly until she becomes drunk, and Alex asks her for information, which she unknowingly gives. Alex discovers that her mother was captured by Ezmia, "the Enchantress", who cursed Sleeping Beauty as a young baby, and that the Sleeping Kingdom was in ruin.
Since she couldn't get to the Land of Stories through the book, she sneaks out of the house and goes to her Grandmother's house, hoping to find a way to the Land of Stories. The next day, she almost falls off of a bridge. Unexpectedly, Conner saves her and admits that he had followed her. They eventually go to their grandmother's house, which had a glowing painting in it. Alex knows that this is a portal to the other world. They eventually find Froggy, who is once again in frog form as a disguise, after being turned back into a human at the end of the first book.
All three travel to the Red Riding Hood Kingdom, where the Enchantress seemed to be destroying symbolic historic sights. Alex and Conner then attend a meeting only for the kings and queens by persuading Red to wear a dress that they could hide under. At the meeting, the Enchantress captures Alex and Conner's grandmother, revealing that she had captured 'Alex', but instead got Charlotte, their mother, who pretended to be Alex. At Red's castle, Conner learns of something called the Wand of Wonderment, which makes the holder invincible.
To create it, one must find the six most valuable things of the six most hated people in the world. To help find all the items, Red asks the villagers to all pitch in to make a flying ship out of all her baskets.
They obtain the ice scepter of The Snow Queen, the wedding ring of Cinderella's stepmother, the giant's harp, the glass from the Evil Queen's mirror, and the jewels of the Sea Witch.
However, they are unclear on what the Enchantress's most prized possession is. After landing in the Troll and Goblin territory, they discover that Trollbella is now queen and that Bob traveled to the Land of Stories as well. They meet the reflection of the Evil Queen in the Eastern Kingdom, who says that the Enchantress' most prized possession is her pride. Alex tries to defeat the Enchantress by subtly stealing her pride, but she is blasted off of the coliseum.
Because she was holding the Wand of Wonderment, she is saved from death. However, when she reaches the ground, she faints. Alex wakes up and goes back up the coliseum using a flying horse which is actually Bob. When she arrives, she drops the Wand in front of The Enchantress.
The Enchantress tries to kill Alex with the Wand after Alex stripped her of her powers until Ezmia got hold of the Wand of Wonderment but Rumpelstiltskin jumps in front of the blast to save Alex out of guilt for what he has tried to do for Ezmia. Conner destroys the Wand, so all the magic is taken from Ezmia's body and she dies. After that, Bob finally proposes to Charlotte and they get married in Queen Cinderella's castle.
When it is time to leave, Alex claims that she is meant to stay in the Land of Stories and that Conner should share their stories in the real world. The twins then believe that they were to be separated forever after the fairies decided to seal all portals leading to and from The Land of Stories. Later, Conner fetches Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters to go back to his world, Conner also shares their stories in the Otherworld or Earth.
At the beginning of the third book, Alex is in her coronation as Fairy Godmother. Meanwhile, Conner is at school in the real world and is questioned about where his sister is. Conner goes on a school trip to Germany to hear never before heard stories by the Brothers Grimm that was recently found in a time capsule. The good news for Conner is that the girl he has a crush on, Bree Campbell, is attending.
The bad news is that four girls called the Book Huggers are also going. As for Alex, she keeps messing up casting her spells. She eventually meets a farm boy named Rook Robins, whom she starts falling for. She becomes very torn later in the story because her grandmother is dying and she feels like she is killing her. The fairy godmother is dying because she finally finds a replacement; now the Fairy Godmother can rest knowing the fairy tale world rests in good hands.
Conner finds out that one of the stories is actually a secret message and a warning for the Land of Stories. He sets out across Germany to crack a year code.
With the help of Bree and the directions of Mother Goose, Conner eventually meets Emmerich Himmelsbach, a little boy from a small village. Alex and Conner realize an army from their world, the world of regular people, is coming to the Fairy Tale world. The army is led by the Masked Man, whom they presume is their father.
Alex's grandmother, the Fairy Godmother, eventually defeats the twins' presumed father's dragon with her fairy magic and dies. Alex is really hurt with Rook, figuring out he was the person who leaked out information and dumps him. Rook tries to regain her trust by helping her in the next stories.
Alex feels sad about dumping him but knows she has done the right thing. At the end of the book, Alex encounters the Masked Man without his mask and becomes convinced he is the twins' deceased father, John Bailey.
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The Wishing Spell
The Land of Stories is a series of children's fiction , adventure and fantasy books written by American author, actor and singer Chris Colfer. The first book, The Wishing Spell , was released on July 17, The sixth and final book was published in July During a live video chat, Colfer said that he is working on a prequel series. The first book in the series, The Wishing Spell was published on July 17,
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See free resources for parents and educators to teach kids about social justice and racial equality. Skip to Content. Readers will learn the roots of some classic fairy tales. One of Alex's pet peeves is the modern tendency to sugar-coat the fairy-tale stories and radically change them, adding cuteness, sunshine, and butterflies and losing whatever lesson the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen were trying to teach. The twins here learn and apply the fairy tales' lessons in their quest.