Interview with the Author of Whatever After: Fairest of All
by Alexie Basil
How does Sarah Mlynowski keep coming up with her amazing ideas for Whatever After, her New York Times–bestselling series of fractured fairy tales?
This week, we invite Sarah to play a game of Fairy-Tale Mash-Up to see if she could come up with the title of a fractured fairy tale on the spot!
Check out the video with your class, then try out the game with your students for a fun in-class activity. They might just come up with an enchanting idea for their own fractured fairy tale.
Here’s how it works:
1. Cut out 20 equal-size pieces of paper. Gather them into four categories of five pieces each. The categories are Character, Setting, Magic Object, and Villain.
2. For each category, write in five names or things from your favorite fairy tales. This is how we did ours:
3. Fold the pieces of paper in half and put them in four separate containers (hats or bowls work well). Mix them up.
4. Take turns pulling a piece of paper from each container. These are the core elements of your fractured fairy tale!
5. Write one to three sentences describing the plot of your fractured fairy tale.
Then let your students share their fractured fairy-tale ideas with the class. And, of course, if your class is excited by an idea…write the story of what happens next!
Share your fractured fairy-tale ideas on social media using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs. We will be sure to pass them on to Sarah!
Sarah Mlynowski is the award-winning author of many books for tweens and teens, including the New York Times–bestselling Whatever After series, the Upside-Down Magic series (written with Emily Jenkins and Lauren Myracle), the Magic in Manhattan series, and the YA novel Gimme a Call. Today, she lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters, Chloe and Anabelle. Visit Sarah online at sarahm.com and on Twitter and Instagram @SarahMlynowski.
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