272p. (Fairy Tale Reform School: Bk. 3). ebook available. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky. Mar. 2017. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781492637950.
Gr 5–8—Two months after being pardoned from Fairy Tale Reform School (FTRS), Gilly is not only bored at Jack of All Trades but also worried about her younger sister Anna, who has become restless and started searching for excitement in all the wrong ways. Anna is soon sentenced to FTRS, which is now under Rumpelstiltskin's control. Gilly and Jax, determined to learn why Headmistress Flora would abandon her post, plead with the new leader for Anna's release and discover that FTRS has changed, superficially, for the better. But more appealing classes can't hide new rules that eliminate visitation days and protection spells that isolate the school and all who live there. Misbehaving on purpose to return, Gilly and her friends begin a quest to unseat Rumpelstiltskin and take back FTRS. The third title in the series, this adventure continues the story and themes from the first and second. Calonita tackles bullying, selfishness, trust, friendship, loyalty, responsibility, and courage while delivering an entertaining and often humorous fantasy flight. The appealing cover design will draw the attention of potential readers, and the balance of action, humor, and fantasy will keep them absorbed.
VERDICT Recommended for fans of Soman Chainani, Shannon Hale, and Shannon Messenger.

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