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Fairest of All (Whatever After #1)

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A fresh, modern spin on a classic fairy tale--from bestselling author Sarah Mlynowski!
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
Hardcover, 169 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Scholastic, Inc.
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Jennifer Rayment
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
Reagan Mendez
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!
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
Abby Johnson
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
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
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
Teresa Scherping
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
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
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
Caeleigh MacDonald
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
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
Penny McGill
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
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
Anna Rivera
It's a wonderful twist to the plot of the disney movie and i recomend it for young childs but also to adults who just love to have a Grimm tale in their hands :)
Mark Baker
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.

"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
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
Dean Deters
Fairest of All

This book is about a girl and her brother when they get swept into the tale of Snow White by a magic mirror. There, they stopped Snow from eating the poisin apple! But then they find out that they messed up her story!Can they fix it?

At first the setting is in a basement, but the next setting is more imporortant. The next setting takes place in Snow White's cottage where the brother and sister find out that they met Snow White!

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Luanne Hatcher
What a fun book! I purchased this book a couple of years ago for my school and it gets constant use by the girls. Boys would like it, but the cover looks girly. Ten year old Abby is unhappy about her family's move from Chicago to Smithville. She doesn't seem to like change in her life. One night while sleeping, her younger brother wakes her up to tell her about the "hissing mirror" in their basement that had been left by the previous owner. She reluctantly goes down with him. After he knocks on ...more
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.
Fairest of All is a fractured-fairy tale that asks the question, "What if Snow White didn't eat the poisoned apple?" Mlynowski answers that question with fresh humor that fairy tale enthusiasts will enjoy reading. Traveling through a magic mirror, two kids from our world inadvertently prevent Snow from tasting her doom. After they get through patting themselves on the back, they realize that this also means she won't meet the prince and get her happily ever after. Rather than resign her to a lif ...more
Betsy Pauzauskie
My eight-year-old Granddaughter thought I would love Whatever After Fairest of All since she did. So, she proudly volunteered her copy for me to read. I kicked up my 3.5 rating to a 4, as I understand why Haley enjoyed this delightful fairy tale with some twists! The book is empowering for girls too . . . a plus!

The main character is Abby, a ten-year-old girl, who has moved to a new town with her parents and seven-year-old younger brother, Jonah. While dealing with a new school and classmates, a
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.
My seven year old read this and then handed it to me saying I had to read it. I found it a very fun take on a fractured fairy tale with a good lesson - change sometimes happens and it can be ok. I really enjoyed Abby and her brother and am excited to share the next book with my daughter :)
Virginia Readers' Choice title for the upcoming school year - otherwise I wouldn't have picked up this book. It is the beginning of a new series. Ten-year-old Abby and her 7-year-old brother, Jonah have moved to a new house when they find a strange mirror in their basement that transports them to the middle of the Snow White fairy tale. There they prevent Snow White from eating the poisoned apple, but then they realize that now she won't fall asleep and be awakened by the handsome prince and liv ...more
Are you looking for a good read? If not, sit on your couch and watch a boring movie. If so, you should read the Whatever After Series. It is a great book series with exciting plot twists on each page. In it, Abby and her little brother Jonah, get slurped into a mirror in the basement of their new house, and they find themselves in a different fairy tale! If Abby and Jonah mess one thing up, trying to save the good from the wicked, the whole fairy tale story gets messed up! One reason that I like ...more
It's not often that I don't enjoy Virginia Readers' Choice nominated books but I just couldn't get into this book. I found the voice of our first person narrator incredibly annoying, and while that is my primary complaint, I'm sure many upper elementary readers will enjoy the "dear diary"-esque style, complete with written-out laughter and over-the-top reactions. This book doesn't really compare to other stories in this trend of modern characters living in the fairy tale world. The closest compe ...more
My 9 year old LOVES this book!!! She begged me to read it! She even put it on my night stand. :) It was a fun fairytale, highly recommended for 2nd -5th grade.
Loved reading this book to the girls. They are totally into the story and requested that we read the next one in the story tomorrow.
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Q&A with Sara...: Whatever After 1 27 May 27, 2012 04:33PM  
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