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Fairest of All (Whatever After #1)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  4,821 Ratings  ·  542 Reviews
The first installment of Sarah Mylowski's New York Times bestselling series!

Mirror, mirror, on the basement wall . . .

Once upon a time my brother and I were normal kids. The next minute? The mirror in our basement slurped us up and magically transported us inside Snow White's fairy tale.

I know it sounds crazy, but it's true.

But hey -- we're heroes! We stopped Snow White fr
Hardcover, 169 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Scholastic, Inc.
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Apr 17, 2014 Reagan rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much. It was really good and funny.I read it in school and I thought it was very very very very very very good! I am a kid.I love to read books so that's why I decided to read this book!
Abby Johnson
Aug 19, 2014 Abby Johnson rated it it was amazing
Okay, so I know this is not, like, high literature or anything, but I actually LOVED this audiobook and I think it's just about perfect for what it is. Teresa has been booktalking this one and I am so excited to add it to my booktalking repertoire, too.

So, when Abby's dumb little brother Jonah knocks on this weird, old mirror in the basement of their new home, Abby & Jonah are transported to a fairy tale world and find themselves wrapped up in the story of Snow White. Only, before they figu
Oct 12, 2014 Paige rated it it was amazing
This book is about a girl named Abby and her little brother named Jonah. They find a mirror in their basement and Jonah knocked on the mirror and then suddenly they were in a forest. After a few minutes the saw an old lady and followed her. She went to a cottage. There was a girl there and the old lady was trying to give her an apple. Jonah ran after her and asked for the apple, then he noticed that the apple was poisoned and that she was evil Evelyn. The girl said thank you and let them in. Aft ...more
Jennifer Rayment
Apr 15, 2013 Jennifer Rayment rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Good Stuff

Charming and sweet
Reminded me of some of Meg Cabot's middle grade
Perfect for the reluctant reader
Loved the humour, quirky and fun (very Canadian)
It was refreshing to read a novel geared towards young girls that was sweet and innocent. It was the sort of thing I would have loved to read at that age.
I know quite a few customers at my store that will enjoy this one - sold a copy of it last week to this sweet little girl - she read the first page and said mom we have to buy this
Apr 19, 2015 Nadia rated it it was amazing
I loved it!It was cute and entertaining and quite hilarious.The perfect fairy tale twist for someone who just needs a break from any YA book.

I decided to read this book one sunday afternoon because I jusy wanted to have some fun.Apperently,this book put me in a good mood,and I loved it.It was quite relatable.A must read!
Steven R. McEvoy
Jan 18, 2016 Steven R. McEvoy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
This is one of the books my oldest daughter and I read together this year. For school she is suppose to read for 20 minutes a day. Because she is struggling a bit we tend to read 40 minutes but alternate pages. This book and the series that is now up to ten books is a new spin on old tales. In some ways reminiscent of the fractured fairy tales, or Tony Abbott's Cracked Classics. It is the story of two modern day kids who get transported through a magic mirror into the events of the legend or sto ...more
Sep 19, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it
this book is a modern twist on fairy tale that we all know, Snow White. The main character Abby and Jonah go THROUGH a mirror that hisses and turns purple. Jonah and Abby come out from the mirror and they are in Snow White's fairy tale. Jonah and Abby stopped Snow from eating the poison apple. They told the seven dwarfs and Snow her fairy tale where there from since they haven't heard aboutt it. They try to help Snow find her Prince, but Snow keeps running away and Jonah and Abby want to go home ...more
I have been feeling like a reading curmudgeon lately, and wasn't really expecting to like this. What a wonderful surprise! The writing, characters, and humor were just fresh and dynamic enough to make this appealing. I also like the fact that it isn't too long or involved; ust right for middle grade reluctant readers or kids who don't want their books to take forever. (I live with one of those. She'll read for hours and hours, but will not pick up books that appear long or daunting.) I could ima ...more
Nov 05, 2016 Stuart rated it it was amazing
My children absolutely love this series, and it all started with this book, which is intelligent, creative, clever -- and very funny. My only real issue with the book has to do with the cover design and not anything in the story itself. The cover, sadly, is one that turned my son off at first -- even though the series is just as delightful for boys as it is for girls. Proof: My son claimed he didn't want me to read this book to him, but whenever I read it to my daughter, he would sit in the hall ...more
Jul 10, 2012 Kaitlyn rated it liked it
"Once upon a time, our life was normal. And then the mirror in our basement ate us." Ha!

I could see my 10-year-old self loving this book! I've noticed Mlynowski's deadpan sense of humor in her adult novels but I wasn't expecting so much of it in her new children's book. The humor fit in perfectly with the absurdity of the story line! The plot was shaky towards the end- I don't like it when authors resolve conflict through sheer luck. Overall, I think any little girl who enjoys fairytales would l
Madeline Carino
Aug 04, 2016 Madeline Carino rated it it was amazing
I thought it was an amazing book.When I started the book, I couldn't put it down!I read almost the whole series of them and I can't wait to get the ninth book.
Teresa Scherping
Feb 18, 2014 Teresa Scherping rated it really liked it
Abby's little brother Jonah shakes her awake in the middle of the night. He's discovered that the strange mirror in the basement of their new home starts hissing when you knock on it. Jonah excitedly knocks again, and the mirror glows purple. Abby tries to stop him, but Jonah knocks a third time, and the two siblings (along with a stack of law books and a computer chair) are sucked through the mirror into a mysterious forest. When they interrupt an old lady trying to sell an apple to a young wom ...more
Caeleigh MacDonald
Oct 26, 2013 Caeleigh MacDonald rated it liked it
This book was at 3 stars because I wasn't all that interested in this book but it was kind of funny and I didn't really want the book to end this book was about two kids named Abby and Jonah and they are heading to bed one night and then Jonah comes into Abby's room and says Abby come downstairs quick come downstairs the mirror is hissing so when you go downstairs they fool around with the mirror well Jonah does and then all of a sudden they get sucked into this place and it turns out it snow wh ...more
Aug 07, 2014 K rated it it was amazing
I gave this a four. It is a great, fun book for young girls in 2nd to 3rd grade (maybe first if you have a really advanced reader). My fourth grader read it this year for a state book competition, it was placed on the list they had to get through. I felt it was very superficial reading for fourth grade; however, it captivated her and she wanted to read the rest the series (so, what do I know!). It has lots of cute dialogue, a simply speedy plot, and fun relatable characters.

On the flipside, I al
Ooh boy. I think this is a cute, funny concept & I think 3rd-5th-ish graders will really think it's hilarious. For me as an adult audiobook listener it was a little annoyingly repetitive. I think the audiobook narrator does great voice work but I ended up upping the speed just to get through the main character's repetitive complaints faster--which, again, I think the book's target audience would find each repeat increasingly funny. I also liked the new ending to the fairy tale & think it ...more
Cute children's book. Cute enough for me to continue the series.
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
The very first thing I wrote in my notes for this book was: “Exhausting.” The story is told in the first person, from Abby's perspective, and I kept imagining her saying everything in a breathless and hyper voice. She had very particular ideas about how her world should be, and even went so far as to create a list of everything in Smithville that was uncomfortably not like how things back at her old home in Chicago were. A lot had changed in her life, very quickly, and she wasn't happy about it. ...more
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
I listened to the audiobook of this story with my 8.5 year old daughter, and we both enjoyed it.

The story is clever - an ordinary 5th grade girl and her younger brother move into a new home and find a mysterious mirror in the basement. When messing around with the mirror late one night, the pair find themselves magically pulled into a new land, one inhabited by a girl named Snow, who lives with seven dwarfs. Yep... they land right in the middle of Snow White's story, and for better or worse, the
I love these novel series from Sarah Mlynowski because she presents a different prospective of the traditional fairy tales. The story starts at the basement of Abby and Jonah, two children who move from Chicago to a small town called Smithville. Little they know that the basement of their new home holds a secret that will embark them in the most amazing adventures. In this first volume, Abby and Jonah help Snow White to have her "happily ever after," only not the way we know it.

The author is ab
Penny McGill
Jun 24, 2013 Penny McGill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-kids
This was a fun read and a great beginning to a new series for readers who are fans of all of the Fairy books. The main character is a little older than Rachel and Kirsty and she has a younger brother that she is responsible for. She has some real decisions to make and she is getting used to a new neighbourhood and a new school so that is something for the kids to digest and think about. It's not hard reading but there is a real story to it.

The idea behind this series is that the two children fal
Jennifer matwijkow
Sep 14, 2016 Jennifer matwijkow rated it it was amazing
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Apr 19, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-reader
This is the beginning of a new middle grade series by popular YA author Sarah Mlynowski, which means, for you parents that like to plan ahead, that your child can transition with this author up to the next level when they're ready. Also, it's an adorable start to a series. I had the good fortune to go to a Scholastic event a couple of weeks ago where they put on dramatic readings of some books, and this was one. The reading was so hysterical, I picked up the book even though middle readers are n ...more
Jun 25, 2012 Jan rated it liked it
Abby is the new girl in town. Everything is new. New home, new school, new teachers, new kids, new expectations. The new school doesn't have a library -- it has a media center. Her new classmates criticize her for saying pop instead of soda. And her old friends and Nana are far away.

But one thing in Smithville is so different that it changes Abby's perception of reality. The previous owners of her house left a huge old mirror bolted to the wall in the basement, and there is something really cree
Sep 18, 2013 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children who are starting to read longer chapter books
This is the first book in the Whatever After series by Sarah Mlynowski. My oldest discovered this series and she loved this first book. I was a bit hesitant at first, thinking that it might be too 'fluffy' or trite, but I was very impressed with the story and the values it expressed.

I loved that the main character is cautious, but protective of her brother and others who she feels need help. I love that the princess is just as capable of saving the prince as vice versa. And I absolutely love th
Valerie Jones
Sep 05, 2012 Valerie Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute and Fun Fairytale with a Twist
Abby’s brother Jonah discovers a mirror in their basement, but this is no ordinary mirror. After the adventurous Jonah accidently opens the mirrors portal, Abby and Jonah are transported to the middle of Snow White’s fairytale.
Without thinking the pair thwarts the evil Queen’s attempt to poison Snow White with an apple. Great, they saved the day. But wait, if Snow White never eats the poison apple, then she never meets her prince, and won’t get her happily eve
Mark Baker
Feb 25, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, middle-grade
Abby and her brother Jonah make a shocking discovery when the mirror in the basement of their new house sucks them through and they find themselves in the woods. When they keep Snow White from eating the poisoned apple, they must find a way to fix her story and make it home.

This was a short but delightful story that anyone looking for an early chapter book will appreciate. A twist or two along the way even surprised me. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.

I won this book in a contest.

Jan 28, 2013 Traci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very funny and unique twist on the Story of Snow White. My daughter and I read this book for a book club and she loved the main character Abby and her serious nature and the inside her head thoughts that brought out her humorous and frustrated side. Jonah is Abby's little brother who is always in search of an adventure and he gets them stuck in a situation that is purely unimaginable...they get thrown into the story of Snow White and end up changing the story! Definitely gonna continue ...more
Jan 04, 2013 Danica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book.If your buying it hardcover or paperback it is worth the money.From the second I saw it in my school's bookfair catoulage I just needed to buy it.I will be getting the whole series.This is a must have book.Its a fairytale with a twist.I would say this book is for ages 9-12 years, because they are young and would undersand it more than teens or adults and they already lived their childhood.
Jul 26, 2015 Talia rated it really liked it
Great book!
I was reading it and my sister found out that she was reading a book by the same author! Sarah writes books for all ages: kids, teens, and adults! She is an amazing author and this book is great. (BTW, I'm writing this review and I'm not even done the book!). Is has a very funny and attractive story
Dec 12, 2012 Jayde BEERS rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-in-2012
I loved this book. This modern twist on Snow White was not only fantabulously funny it was quite refreshing to read. It is a completely original story and I recommend this book for all ages. Yes it is a juvenile read but it's one of those books that are just so enjoyable that it doesn't matter what age you are. I can't wait for the next one.
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Sarah was born in Montreal, Canada. After graduating with an honors degree in English literature from McGill University, she moved to Toronto to work for Harlequin Enterprises. While she never met Fabio, she used her romance publishing experiences to fuel her first novel Milkrun.

Since then, Sarah has written four additional novels for adults: Fishbowl, As Seen on TV, Monkey Business, and
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