A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani is the sequel to The School for Good and Evil. A World Without Princes focuses on friendship, and trusting each other, and in that sense it is like the first book. But this book is not about Good vs. Evil, it’s Girls vs. Boys!!
When Agatha makes a wish for a different happy ending, the doors to the school are opened once again and EVERYTHING has changed. Sophie and Agatha’s happy ending has shown that the girls don’t need a prince to be happy and the school for GOOD is now the school for GIRLS!! Worst of all Tedros has an army of princes and all kinds of boys hunting for Sophie. Tedros wants revenge against Sophie because she “stole” Agatha from him. Agatha is very suspicious of the new schoolmaster and is focused on uncovering dark secrets about her.
This book had me pulled two ways wondering who was good and who was evil, and what decisions were truly for good. In this book you never know what will happen next. Even if you feel a deeper connection with a certain character you may start to trust a different character more. At the end it all comes down to the biggest decision yet, and wondering what is stronger love or friendship?
-Max B., 10 years old
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Rob Lloyd Jones
Published 8/2013, Candlewick
Wild Boy is a great book with a compelling selection of characters and a mysterious plot. When a boy born covered in hair is taken to a freak show, he begins to develop amazing powers of deduction, and when a murder occurs at the fair, Wild Boy is ready to solve it. Except, he and his kind of friend, kind of enemy Clarissa have been framed for it, running from the police.When another murder happens, all evidence points to them. Wild Boy must find the connection to a mysterious, unknown object called “the Machine.” However when he finds it, does he really want to destroy it?
This is a marvelous mystery with a well thought out plot. Readers will be trying to solve the mystery along with Wild Boy, deduction prodigy or not. Fans of Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot will be fascinated with a new twist on a mystery. What if the detective was on the run? What if friends are not who they seem? What if the main character was a mistreated “freak” who would do anything for a new body? With a fascinating plot, well thought-out characters, and grim descriptions, this a perfect book for the mystery fan.
-Justin S., 11 years old