Abarat: The Abarat Trilogy, Book 1

Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Travelogue of the weird for kid fantasy fans.

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 9+

A wonderful colourful adventure.

I myself love this series and recently let my 10yr old daughter start the first book as she was growing bored of her selection. She loves it also, it's a wild adventure with loveable characters, amazingly descriptive lands that make you feel at home. It is slightly macabre, Clive Barker definitely has a certain style, yet this book is pure fantasy. I'm on the 3rd book at the moment and when I think of Abarat I imagine great friendships and adventure.

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not rated for age

Fantastic imagery

Humble beginnings offer the wildest possibilities. Wonderfully described, believable, true-to-life characters, some of them outrageously fictitious, make choices true to the story. Good guys surprise you by demonstrating maturity, honesty, loyalty and sacrifice. Bad guys fall prey to their character flaws. I read this with my daughters (10 and 12)and we all loved it. We eagerly await number three.

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