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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that F. C. Yee's Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi focuses on the backstory of a supporting character from the TV series Avatar: The Last Airbender. It chronicles the teen years of the longest-lived Avatar and her search for mastery over her powers. Kyoshi and her allies and enemies engage in semi-mystical martial arts, which are sometimes fatal, but not bloody. Sex and swearing aren't part of the mix.
What's the story?
As AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER: THE RISE OF KYOSHI opens, charming, young Yun seems to possess the traits of the Avatar, but unassuming servant girl Kyoshi displays real power. Forced into exile, Kyoshi hones her skills on the road with her friend Ragni. But an act of betrayal kindles an urge for vengeance. Can Kyoshi and her sometimes disreputable allies achieve justice and elevate her to her proper place of power?
Is it any good?
Sometimes a supporting character in a series has enough vibrancy to earn her own story, and this action-packed adventure spotlights a young character worthy of the sustained scrutiny. Kyoshi is serious in her quest for self-knowledge, but author F. C. Yee provides plenty of action, invention, and humor to animate her tale.
Readers unfamiliar with the Airbender universe may need some extra time to ramp up to speed in Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi, but eventually the plot becomes easier to follow. Fans will find the new perspective on the protagonist refreshing and worth continuing in the saga's next volume.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi addresses the theme of "The Chosen One." Why is Kyoshi special? Do you believed that some people are fated for greatness?
Kyoshi's parents abandon her when she's very young. How does being orphaned affect children?
Why is discipline important? Why must students practice the same skills over and over?
- Authors: F.C. Yee, Michael Dante DiMartino
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts, Adventures, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Amulet Books
- Publication date: July 16, 2019
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 17
- Number of pages: 442
- Available on: Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: September 10, 2020
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