Parents' Guide to

A Tale of Magic, Book 1

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Imaginative, lively tale launches Land of Stories prequels.

Book Chris Colfer Fantasy 2019
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 8+

Listen to the Kids - A Tale of Magic

Look at the reviews from the kids! Chris Colfer’s books are more than a story. There are history lessons, real life challenges, and real world issues that lead to improved communications in families. Read his books WITH your children, because you will find yourself amazed by how clearly and simply he can explain what the problem is that confronts the child in today’s world. I see a number of “beware, it confronts ‘Christianity’”. If you are not examining your beliefs daily, how do you know how true you are? I find it refreshing, and have experienced the self confidence and empowerment to think they are valued in children who read The Land of Stories and A Tale of Magic books. Highly Recommend.
age 11+

Overcoming life's obstacles

Great book full of adversity and adventure. This is a great read for kids who may be unaware of racism, religious bias, and class stereotypes in their lives. This book took quite a bit of time in setting up and developing the background of the lead character. It throws in a few more undeveloped characters very quickly and while you get the idea that they develop close bonds, it does not give you development in that part of the story. This book is a great motivator for believing in yourself no matter where you are coming from and where you want to go.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (27 ):

Chris Colfer's in fine form in this lively origin story about characters who, later in life, play significant roles in The Land of Stories series. Especially 14-year-old Brystal Evergreen, whose determination, brains, and kind heart pit her against prejudice, ignorance, and cruelty. The fast-moving tale is more tightly written and less slapstick-silly than the original series. Both Colfer and his audience have matured a bit since the first series launched in 2012. A Tale of Magic's characters are complex, relatable, and often deal with their own tragedies as they face many perils in trying to make the world safe for people like them. Punctuating it all, encouraging pep talks like this from Brystal:

"We're all just a couple of mistakes away from becoming the people we despise. So don't think worse of yourself, let this change how you think of yourself. Start valuing who you are, more than what you are. Prove you're better than most people by showing more acceptance and empathy. And fuel your pride with what you earn and create, instead of what you're born with."

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