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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Many examples of managing emotions and trying to think clearly when upset.
Positive Role Models
The adults love the kids, recognize their own mistakes, and try to help the kids make good decisions.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that author Laura Ellen Anderson's goth adventures in the seven-volume Amelia Fang Series offer great lessons in empathy and teamwork, and lots of fun, silly words to keep young readers engaged. Young vampire Amelia makes some unlikely friends as they try to bridge the gap between light and dark kingdoms. And they explore the complex ways emotions such as jealousy, fear, and loneliness can affect individuals and groups. The fun wordplay can feel a little overdone at times and distract from the storyline, but it also reflects the imaginative playfulness throughout the series.
Is It Any Good?
Imagination and wordplay make these vampire-rific adventures a lot of fun to read, engaging young readers with silliness that is both delightful and occasionally distracting. The Amelia Fang Series is much more than a simple adventure series; it explores the possible limits of empathy, the complexities of friendships, and different family makeups. The gross-out humor in naming food in the Kingdom of Dark brings both laughs and the chance for readers to make up their own disgusting food combinations.
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