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The Magic Mirror: A Branches Book

(Once Upon a Fairy Tale #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Magic, friendship, and adventure are the perfect ingredients for a new twisted fairy tales Branches series from Anna Staniszewski!
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This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books
Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Scholastic Inc.
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@kidlitexchange #partner - Thank you KidlitExchange Network, Scholastic, Anna Staniszewski and Macky Pamintuanfor the ARC of THE MAGIC MIRROR - Number one in the about-to-be-brand new chapterbook series Once Upon a Fairy Tale. All opinions are my own.

Honestly, there are so many ways to do a retelling that it’s never going to get old - or at least I hope not! THE MAGIC MIRROR in particular is a fusion-retelling of The Snow Queen (the real Hans Christen Anderson one of course) and… the author’s
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
{My thoughts} – I am and have always been a huge fan of all things fairy tales. So of course I am very excited to be able to read and review this specific book for Scholastic!

Kara and Zed are your average kids in the Kingdom. Zed has a job as a royal messenger and he gets a letter from the Ice Princess that he is meant to deliver. He isn’t able to deliver though and his friend Kara sees that the seal is broken and decides to read it. Once she reads it she learns that the Ice Princess is in
Kate Waggoner
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to @scholasticinc and @anna.staniszewski for sharing this review copy with #KidLitExchange. All opinions are my own. The Magic Mirror (Once Upon a Fairy Tale #1) will hit shelves on September 3, 2019. Pre-order your copy today!

After reading an urgent letter from Aspen, the ice princess, Kara and Zed set off an adventure to help fix Aspen's broken mirror. Without the mirror, Aspen is unable to call on the clouds and bring winter back to the kingdom. Kara, Zed,
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. This book is set to publish 9.3.19 and will be part of the popular early chapter book line Branches by @scholasticinc

The Magic Mirror is book 1 in the new Once Upon a Fairy Tale series. This whimsical story is sure to be a hit. It includes an enchanted kingdom, magical objects, feuding princesses, a good mystery and one cute Artic monkey named Clyde.

We really enjoyed the main characters, Kara and Zed. I always
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Once Upon a Fairy Tale #1: The Magic Mirror” by @annastanisz, is the first book in a new series in the Branches line from Scholastic. Kara and Zed are too hot during a kingdom heat wave. The two friends go an adventure to help the Ice Princess fix her magic mirror so she can cool the temperature. Kara and Zed end up helping the Ice Princess and her sister, the Sun Princess, repair their relationship so that the weather can cool down. My daughter’s (ages 8 and 5) both really enjoyed this book. I ...more
This fun middle grade/early chapter book shows what can happen when sibling rivalry threatens to make a kingdom endure summer forever. The Enchanted Kingdom is experiencing a summer that just doesn't seem to quit. Kara and Zed intercept a piece of royal mail and find out that the Ice Princess' magic mirror is broken and she can't fix it. Without the mirror, she can't change the season back to winter. When they travel to her castle to help, they realize the mirror has a missing piece and the Ice ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such a cute book! I don't love everything in Scholastic's Branches series, but I think this new series is going to be so fun! The Magic Mirror has everything a good fairy tale retelling should have - compelling characters, plot twists, a satisfying ending, and a meaningful message. All of these points are well done in an age-appropriate way, and the illustrations that accompany the story are beautiful and add another fun dimension to the story. I would definitely recommend this to young ...more
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read about 2-3 chapters a night of this to my 4 year old and we both loved it. It was entertaining and easy to follow right away and held her attention. When she begs for “just one more chapter” after every one we ended, you know it’s a good one! I already bought the next in the series and we can’t wait to read that one too.
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Adventure, magic and two feuding princesses! This latest series from Branches will be a great addition to classrooms. Loved the Q & A at the back of the book to help with discussions at home or in school. This series seems a bit more advanced than some of the others in the series-perfect for those ready to make the transition to chapter books!
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really cute addition to the Branches series - I look forward to adding the Once Upon a Fairy Tale series to my classroom library! At 90 pages, it fits in character development, plot, a mystery, and cute illustrations!
Lara Samuels
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is perfect for readers who are ready for beginning chapter books with a more in-depth plot and text challenges. The names are unusual but overall the descriptive language will help readers develop the visualization skills.
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
A cute story of friendship and sisterhood. This series should be a good addition to the Branches family.
Pamela Powell
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great new series in the Scholastic Branches imprint. In this story, two princesses are feuding over a pet monkey and the whole Kingdom is in an uproar.
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stella-2019
I think this book is about teaching how to fix problem together with out getting in a fight.
A global warming mystery.
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher at ALA Annual 2019.
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Anna Staniszewski lives in the Boston area and teaches in the MFA Writing for Children Program at Simmons College. She's the author of several tween novels, including THE DIRT DIARY and SECONDHAND WISHES, and the picture books POWER DOWN, LITTLE ROBOT and DOGOSAURUS REX. You can visit Anna at or follow her on Twitter at

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