Fantasy, Magic, and Fun for Fans of 'School for Good and Evil' | Read-Alikes

Share these titles with readers caught up in the magic and intrigue of the Netflix movie.

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School for Good and Evil

PG-13. Netflix.
When best friends Agatha and Sophie are taken to the School for Good and Evil, they’re unexpectedly assigned to opposite tracks. Agatha, played by multiracial (Black, Korean, and white) actress Sofia Wylie, will be trained to be a hero, and Sophie, played by white actress Sophia Anne Caruso, will be trained to be a villain. Adapted from the Soman Chainani novel, the film features Charlize Theron and Michelle Yeoh, among other big names.


Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega. Scholastic. 2022.
Gr 4-7–In this quirky fantasy about magicians in training, witchling Seven Salazar, cued Latinx, is excited to gain her full powers after her coming-of-age ceremony. But when she’s designated a Spare with fewer powers than a full-fledged witch, she must work with classmates to complete an impossible task or risk being turned into a toad. Hand to suspense fans, too.
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann. Aladdin. 2011.
Gr 4-7–When white, 13-year-old Alex starts magic school, he’s devastated to be identified as an Unwanted and sent to his death. But then he discovers that the Great Lake of Boiling Oil, where he’s condemned to die, is a front for a world where he will learn to use his creative abilities for magic. Whimsy and drama in the magic academy.
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz. Dutton. 2010.
Gr 5-8–Fiercely loyal white siblings Hansel and Gretel stumble through fractured fairy tales while seeking a new family in this hilarious and gruesome fantasy honoring the original grisly Grimm tales. An imaginative story with characters who’ve got each other’s backs.

Abby Johnson is the collection development leader at the Floyd County Library in New Albany, IN.

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