Amari and the Night Brothers

Book review by
Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media
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Girl finds her magic in fun fantasy full of surprises.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 8 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Fantasy meant to entertain.

Positive Messages

Know your strengths, and use them. You are unique, and the world needs you. Keep the faith.

Positive Role Models

Main character Amari is a smart, brave, loyal African American girl, guided by a strong moral compass. She moves from feeling like an outsider to recognizing her unique gifts and value. Most adults, including a hardworking single mother, are portrayed as supportive, trustworthy. Young teens are portrayed as vulnerable and grow into self-acceptance, confidence.

Violence & Scariness

A couple of fights between people, with hitting and kicking. Weapons battles with supernatural creatures that result in death.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that B.B. Alston's Amari and the Night Brothers is about Amari, a 12-year-old African American girl who's recruited by a secret organization that maintains order in the supernatural world. The book is the first of a planned trilogy and has been optioned for a film adaptation by Universal Pictures. There are a couple of fights between people, with hitting and kicking, and weapons battles with supernatural creatures that result in death. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysharonminke July 19, 2021

super great!

This book was incredible, it had a great story line and detail. There were some dark parts like when the girl drew Amari with x eyes and dead. Although that par... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old September 8, 2021

Fantastic Book!

This book is one of the best I have ever read. There is a rich plot full of twists and cliff-hangers. There are some scenes that made me sweat with anticipation... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byGymnast_girl February 26, 2021

Fun, action packed, and overall a feel good read

This book was awesome! I received it in a book box and started out thinking that out would be no good. I continued reading it and stayed up all night reading it... Continue reading

What's the story?

When AMARI AND THE NIGHT BROTHERS begins, Amari is in the principal's office with her mother. Amari shoved another girl who teased her about her brother Quinton's disappearance. As punishment, the exclusive private school, where she's one of the few Black students, is withdrawing her scholarship. Amari's mother grounds her, including asking her to turn over the old laptop she inherited from Quinton. Before she does that, Amari finds a mysterious email message from Quinton. She follows a series of instructions, and she eventually learns that Quinton was part of a secret organization that manages the supernatural creatures who live in the world, invisible to ordinary humans. Amari is recruited as a trainee. She accepts in the hope that she'll learn what happened to her brother -- and maybe even find him alive.

Is it any good?

This fun fantasy is masterfully crafted! Amari and the Night Brothers brings delicious tension to every chapter, and to almost every paragraph. The story world created by first-time author B.B. Dalton is complete on its own terms and offers obvious parallels to our real world, covering topics like privilege, grief, the search for identity, and the anxiety many teens experience about having to grow up at all. The first of a planned three-book series, this opener provides a satisfying resolution on its own and leaves enough threads to make readers want more of Amari and a few other characters.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the theme of loyalty in Amari and the Night Brothers. 

  • Have you ever kept a big secret? Was it hard? How did it feel holding it inside? 

  • What special talent do you have? What talents do you admire in other people, like your parents, friends, or siblings?

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For kids who love magic and fantasy

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