A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Learn to trust your instincts. Integrity and honesty are their own rewards.
Positive Role Models
The story portrays loyal friendships where people support one another, stick together, and make an effort to bring out the best in other people, including enemies.
The main character is a Black girl.
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Violence & Scariness
There are a few physical scuffles and instances of supernatural beings attacking one another using elements like rainstorms and shadows.
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Products & Purchases
Social media on the internet (and its fictional supernatural parallel, "the othernet") figure prominently in the story. This isn't promotional and makes the story and characters feel realistic and timely.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Amari and the Great Game, by B. B. Alston is the second of a planned trilogy that began with Amari and the Night Brothers, a New York Times Best-seller. In the previous book, Amari Peters, a 12-year-old Black girl, solved the disappearance of her brother, discovered she's a powerful magician, and fought off evil magicians. In this book, Amari is preparing to go to supernatural summer camp when there's episode of frozen time and magicians are blamed. Amari and her best friend, Elsie, investigate the reason and source of the disruption. Amari is also drawn into a "great game" with other magicians. The winner will get the magic of the loser; the loser may not survive. Social media on the internet (and its fictional supernatural parallel, "the othernet") figure prominently in the story. This isn't promotional and makes the story and characters feel realistic and timely. There are a few physical scuffles, and instances of supernatural beings attacking one another using elements like rainstorms and shadows.
Is It Any Good?
Like the first book of the series, this is a fun, exciting read. Amari and the Great Game picks up where Amari and the Night Brothers leaves off. A quick summary of the previous book gets the reader up to speed. Amari is easy to root for because she's smart, persistent, and compassionate -- a strong girl role model with a sensitive side. The magical world is consistent and believable and details about school and family relationships make the ordinary world seem realistic, too.
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