Afternoon on the Amazon: Magic Tree House, Book 6

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Megan McDonald, Common Sense Media
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One of the weaker entries in the series.

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age 7+
Based on 1 review

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age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

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Parents need to know that there's nothing objectionable, but nothing too exciting here either.

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Parent of a 6-year-old Written byprpltrtl April 11, 2010
Kid, 9 years old March 8, 2019


It is great but it could definitly put a second grader and above straight to sleep!
Kid, 11 years old December 22, 2010
One of my favorite series when I was a younger kid but then it just started get a little childish when I started growing up.

What's the story?

A troop of flesh-eating army ants sets in motion a chain of events, taking Jack and Annie into a canoe without paddles, drifting down the Amazon. Piranhas, crocodiles, and snake-draped trees carry the story along as the duo searches for the second of four objects needed to release Morgan le Fay from a spell. Peanut the mouse accompanies them on their journey; a vine-swinging monkey provides the needed object.

Is it any good?

Snakes and crocs provide the standard elements of drama, but fall short of any heightened excitement; no real danger gets too close as the twosome stumbles along, evading one creature after another. Annie, the animal lover, here is terrified of all bugs, which surprises even Jack. The needed object, through no effort of their own, falls into their lap as an unwanted gift, which adds to mystery but detracts from the magic.

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