Written by the actor who plays Kurt Hummel on Glee, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell will be thoroughly enjoyed by middle graders who are fairy tale fans. Readers will recognize many of their favorite fairy tale characters: Goldilocks, Cinderella, Snow White, Red Riding Hood, the Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and Jack of beanstalk fame. The author cleverly weaves these well-known stories together in unexpected ways and even provides some plausible backstories. Main characters Alex and Conner inject contemporary culture into the fairy tale world, which adds a comedic element. Conner is a likable and imperfect character whose blunt and sarcastic voice will make him particularly relatable to tween readers. He provides a nice balance to his perfectly-behaved bookworm sister, and the two have a loving and supportive relationship. They have had to rely on one another over the past year in particular since their father's death, because their mother works around the clock to make ends meet. Their grief is referenced but in an age-appropriate way. With only a bit of mild fantasy violence and a few loving embraces between paramours, this wholesome fantasy adventure would make an excellent read-aloud at home or in the classroom.