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Whatever After: Fairest of All by Sarah Mlynowski
Published by Scholastic
Pages: 170
Ages: Middle Grade
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Publishers Summary:

In this fresh, funny new middle grade series, bestselling YA author Sarah Mlynowski writes for a younger audience for the first time! In each book, Abby and her younger brother Jonah visit the magic mirror in their basement at night, and the mirror transports them inside a different fairy tale.
In the first magical adventure, Abby and Jonah find themselves tangled in Snow White’s story. Once there, they accidentally change key events in the tale! In order for Snow White to get her happy ending, it’s up to Abby and Jonah to make things right.

Jonah is nothing but trouble. Of course being seven, an adventurer at heart and having a magical mirror residing in the basement don’t exactly equal a recipe for safety. Recovering from a long day at a brand new school Abby is woken up by her trouble finding brother who is eager to share his new discovery with her. What happens next seems completely impossible, but within moments they’re interrupting a very real fairytale and potentially ruining the love story of a lifetime. Not to mention the fact that Jonah and Abby are now in a strange new land with no way home. It takes a bit of creativity, some adventure and a large amount of luck but these two may be able to make it home and save the day after all.

Fairest of All by Sarah Mlynowski was a thoroughly enjoyable read! I’ve actually been a fan of Sarah’s writing for some time, but haven’t read any of her young adult books surprisingly. When I received Fairest of All for review and discovered it was not only her first middle grade novel in the Whatever After series, but also a fairytale retelling I knew I wanted to read it immediately. Not only that, but don’t you love the cover?! It’s adorable and practically screams to be read. All of that aside, it truly was a fun read and a series I’m interested in seeing again and again.

Before I go too far readers should know that this isn’t a cliffhanger series and I do believe that each book will be able to stand on it’s own though they’ll likely all be enjoyable. In this edition of the Whatever After series, Sarah Mlynowski takes the classic story of Snow White and completely switches it up. Where Snow White was once a damsel in distress she’s now a bit of a bad housekeeper with a penchant for making really bad stew. It was fun to see how Abby and Jonah stepped into this story and created a new “what if” situation which also made for a bit more tension in a story that was normally pretty cut and dry. Both leading ladies were strong characters that girls will definitely connect with, but that won’t feel overpowered by as well. And the relationship between Abby and Jonah was just the perfect mixture of brother-sister teasing with care and concern.

Fairest of All by Sarah Mlynowski is a fantastic spin on the classic story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In Sarah Mlynowski’s first ever middle grade novel she creates a new situation by placing Abby and Jonah, two normal siblings who have magically transported to this fairytale land, in the middle of what should have instantly been a “happily ever after.” Not only was this a quick enjoyable read, but it was creative and I have no doubt that young readers will gravitate to the characters Mlynowski has created. As a reader of Mlynowski’s adult novels I absolutely found Fairest of All enjoyable, but I’m positive my kiddos will enjoy it more than I did. Sarah Mlynowski’s new Whatever After series takes classic fairytales and breathes new life and characters into their stories, making them accessible and exciting to young readers. Abby and Jonah’s next adventure…Cinderella!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 7 to 14. Perfect for young readers who love fairytales, adventure and humor! Filled with fantastic heroines and a great brother-sister relationship this is yet another successful series from Sarah Mlynowski!

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7 Responses to Book Review: Whatever After: Fairest of All by Sarah Mlynowski

  1. Gina says:

    Oh yay! I was hoping to see a review of this one as the cover is just too enchanting. Sounds like the story toss up worked well for it INSIDE the book as well! Definitely gonna have to check this one out. Thanks for sharing Danielle!

  2. I’m always so relieved to find that a book can stand on its own! I’ve been astonished by the amount of cliffhanger endings I’m seeing of late.

  3. I want it! I spotted it a few weeks ago at the bookstore and was instantly drawn to it.

  4. lizzy says:

    I so want to read this book.

  5. Abby says:

    This book is one of the best books I have read in months! I know I’m a little old to be reading these books now; but this is good!

  6. Ashley says:

    I love this book whawhatever after book is my favorite book

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