They're a Disney Channel hit and a New York Times Bestselling book series - and you can also find an accessible book version (for students with learning or visual disabilities) on Learning Ally!
The Descendants are the children of the "evil" characters from fairy tales - Maleficent, Jafar, the Evil Queen and Cruella De Vil, but this foursome is given their own chance at redeeming their families' names for the next generation.
Does the apple really never fall far from the tree? Find out in this series written by Melissa De La Cruz. These books are targeted for grades 4-8.
Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon to the Isle of the Lost--a dark and dreary place protected by a force field that makes it impossible for them to leave. Stripped of their magical powers, the villains now live in total isolation, forgotten by the world.
Mal learns from her mother, Maleficent, that the key to true darkness, the Dragon's Eye, is located inside her scepter in the forbidden fortress on the far side of the island. The eye is cursed, and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She'll just need a little help from her "friends." In their quest for the Dragon's Eye, these four kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain't so bad.
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Watch the movie trailer below (the movie has a different storyline, but the same characters):
In this sequel to The Isle of the Lost, Mal and her friends all receive threatening messages demanding they return home. Mal can't believe it. Sure, she's usually nice to her classmates now, but she still didn't think anyone would be silly enough to try to push her around. The thing is, it kind of worked. Whatever's going on, Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay know they have to sneak back to the Isle and get to the bottom of it.
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