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433 pages, Paperback
First published April 15, 2014
And Sophie and Agatha lived happily ever after, for girls don't need princes for love to call.
No, they don't need princes in their fairy tales at all.
As the girls chased their elegant sliver-haired bun through Valir's princely blue arches and murals, they gawked at the once virile visions of princes destroying demons and helpless princesses, now flaunting different endings: Snow White smashing out of her glass coffin with her fists, Red Riding Hood slitting the wolf's throat, Sleeping Beauty setting her spindle on fire.
"Everything in this school is about being a girl!" Hester screeched. "Do you know how hard I've tried to prove I'm more than a girl and now I have to live in a castle full of them! You can't have a school without boys! Even we know that and we'd rather kill ourselves than touch one!"
"Boys never have real feelings. At least not ones that they don't toss or hide."
If there was one person who could be trusted to accomplish a mission quickly, it was Hester.
Sophie brightened with relief. “See? Hester will get the pen! Hester wins everything-”
“-a feat no Evergirl or Nevergirl has ever managed at this school.” He eyed Hester confidently. “But the truly exceptional student will succeed.”