A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Reading, phonics, letter and word recognition designed especially for teens who have trouble with reading.
Ease of Play
Very easy to use. Simple settings with clear choices. Samples of stories provided before in-app purchase required.
Violence & Scariness
Some story plots include guns, stabbing, cruelty to animals, other violent behavior.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some story plots include romantic desires, breakups, teen pregnancy.
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Products & Purchases
Chapter samples provided before $2.99 in-app purchase required to access full story. Some stories are to-be-continued.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
At least one story mentions drinking at a club.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Teens who struggle with reading may enjoy practicing literacy skills with this app since it's designed to be both accessible and appropriate for teens. The special teacher/tutor features on Teen & Adult Phonics Library can help prep students for what skills and "weird words" will be required to read the story. Though the language is very simple and repetitive by design, the plots often feel choppy and lacking in depth. It's a tough balance to be sure, since the stories aren't meant to be too long and the word choices need to be deliberate; however, a bit more development and range in topics would help. There's a generally sad or angry vibe to most of the story choices, which makes Teen & Adult Phonics Library not suitable for younger teens. As new stories are added, maybe they'll balance out the current selection's overall dark mood.
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