G1 has found a new series of books to recommend…
The Land of Stories was introduced to G1 by a friend from school. Since they both share similar reading interests, I was fairly certain he would also enjoy the books. G1 devoured the books within days and has pestered me to pre-order the fifth book in the series so I gather it was a hit. While waiting for book five to be released, G1 was also inspired to start writing his own story.
The Land of Stories is written by Chris Colfer, whom I was only familiar with because he acted in Glee (not that I watched much of that series nor do I even know the character that he played). It is a series about twins Alex and Conner and their adventures in a magical world where fairy tale characters come to life.
A side advantage of the Land of Stories was that it has made G1 interested to find out more about the stories he hasn’t read – like the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales.
The Wishing Well is the first book in the series which sets the scene where Alex and Conner first discover the magical land of stories where they meet mermaids, an evil queen, and a fairy godmother as they look for a way to get back home.
In the second book of the series, Alex and Conner return to the magical land of stories to rescue their mother who has been kidnapped by the evil enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty.
In the third book of the Land of Stories, Alex and Conner enter the world of the Brothers Grimm where they must once again save the day in the Land of Stories.
Conner Bailey thinks his fairy-tale adventures are behind him–until he discovers a mysterious clue left by the famous Brothers Grimm. With help from his classmate Bree and the outlandish Mother Goose, Conner sets off on a mission across Europe to crack a two-hundred-year-old code.
Meanwhile, Alex Bailey is training to become the next Fairy Godmother…but her attempts at granting wishes never go as planned. Will she ever be truly ready to lead the Fairy Council?
When all signs point to disaster for the Land of Stories, Conner and Alex must join forces with their friends and enemies to save the day. But nothing can prepare them for the coming battle…or for the secret that will change the twins’ lives forever.
The fourth book in the Land of Stories draws on the stories of Dorothy, Peter Pan, and Alice…
The Masked Man is on the loose in the Land of Stories, and it’s up to Alex and Conner Bailey to stop him… except Alex has been thrown off the Fairy Council, and no one will believe they’re in danger.
With only the help of the ragtag group of Goldilocks, Jack, Red Riding Hood, and Mother Goose and her gander, Lester, the Bailey twins discover the Masked Man’s secret scheme: He possesses a powerful magic potion that turns every book it touches into a portal, and he is recruiting an army of literature’s greatest villains!
So begins a race through the magical Land of Oz, the fantastical world of Neverland, the madness of Wonderland, and beyond. Can Alex and Conner catch up to the Masked Man, or will they be one step behind until it’s too late?
The fifth book in the Land of Stories continues the tale of the Masked Man and his reign of terror over the land of stories.
Chris Colfer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and Golden Globe-winning actor. He was honored as a member of the TIME 100, Time magazine’s annual list of the one hundred most influential people in the world, and his books include Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal, and the books in The Land of Stories series: The Wishing Spell, The Enchantress Returns, A Grimm Warning, and Beyond the Kingdoms.