Parents' Guide to

A Tale of Two Cities

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Immortal romance is set against violent French Revolution.

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age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+

A tale of 2 cities

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (13):

A TALE OF TWO CITIES masterfully interweaves political and personal events. It reveals much about the injustice that incited the French Revolution, the gray areas between the populist ideals and blind vengeance, and the toll the rebellion took on individuals. This is one of Charles Dickens' best-loved novels, with good reason. The plot is suspenseful, the scope is far-reaching, and the characters are as rich and affecting as can be. No love was ever sweeter than Lucie and Charles', no father and daughter were ever more deeply attached than the Manettes, and no character in English literature ever had a greater purpose, or better lines, than Sydney Carton.

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